Your environment and surroundings are very important when you’re working from home. If you’re not comfortable in your home office, your productivity will decrease and your work will suffer.
There are a few things that are especially important to keep in mind:
First of all, you need your home office environment to be free from distractions. You need to be able to shut out the outside world and focus completely on your work, so for one thing you need other members of your household to respect your situation and not bother you when you’re in your office. Peace and quiet is essential when you’re trying to get work done. If possible, choose a room as far away as possible from where the “action” takes place in your house, usually the kitchen and living room. Make sure you can shut the door and get some real solitude when you need it.
Your office should also be free from another kind of distraction: entertainment in the form of TV, video games and similar. Keep those in a separate room or risk losing entire days in front of them! Some swear by watching TV while you work, but most of us find it difficult to focus properly on two things simultaneously.
You also need to have good, ergonomic lighting in your office to stay alert and energized throughout the day. Some people spend entire days in a dark office with no lights at all, perhaps even with the blinds shut, and that makes for a very poor work environment. Invest in a good lighting setup and notice the improvement!
If you want to, invest in some nice decor and furniture to really make your office a place where you enjoy being. If you don’t like the way your office looks, chances are you won’t be at your most productive. A little can go a long way, and you don’t have to spend thousands unless you really want to. Don’t forget to add some nice-looking plants and put up some art on your walls!
Finally, don’t forget that your office environment is just one of many factors that affect how much work you get done. Some home workers get completely hung up on “optimizing” their environment instead of just sitting down and doing the actual work. Remember that you can always adjust things as you go along – it doesn’t have to be 100% perfect right from the beginning!