Outside of the usual, there are specific things I have found a home office must have in order to be a true home office. I’m not one to go over the top with decorations or anything of the sort. However, I do have a specific way I like things in my office. I have no doubt I’m not the only one who has personal preferences for their work space because it’s where you spend a lot of time. Even outside of personal preferences and the usual, there are still certain things an office needs to be successful as an office space.
You know what I’m talking about. It’s impossible to get anything done if there’s a bunch of racket going on in the background. In order for anyone to get their thinking cap on and get work completed, their office space needs to be quiet.
A Comfy Chair
There’s nothing worse than having a long day (or even a short day) of work in an uncomfortable office chair. Not only does it make posture worse, it can cause nerves to be pinched, tight muscles, and poor circulation. Having a comfortable chair makes it feel like an entirely different world. I’m not joking. I just switched chairs and it made it feel like I could tackle a month’s worth of work in one day.
This one might just be me but if I don’t have a clock in front of my face, I’m losing track of time. The great thing about a home office is the fact that you can pause and get things done around the house. However, for me, if I don’t have a clock to remind me what time it is, the time will come and go and I will have no idea. So, maybe an alarm clock would work as well. Either way, I like to keep a larger clock on the wall in front of me somewhere so it catches my eye from time to time. Those tiny computer clocks don’t work.
Every great home office has things that inspire you. Whether it’s a photo of your favorite animal or an inspirational quote, be sure you decorate with a couple of things that will lift you up when you need. A home office is where we work and work can be stressful. Having things that inspire us only helps us get through the day.
Even though keeping things quiet helps to deter distractions, having a TV in your home office probably doesn’t help things either. Be sure to keep your office clear of anything that easily distracts you so you can keep focused. The last thing you need is losing more time and getting behind on work.
A Comfortable Atmosphere
When I say comfortable, I don’t just mean keeping it quiet or getting that comfortable chair. I mean, make sure you have the room set to where you have air conditioning and heat. You need it to be the perfect temperature or it can be hard to focus on what you need to get finished. Make sure you have plenty of room too. It’s super uncomfortable to be scrunched and unorganized simply because you don’t have enough space. It reduces a ton of stress when you have plenty of room to work with.
Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to home offices but I think we can all agree that all or most of these are pretty universal.