Creating the best home office setup for productivity can be quite the challenge.
Let’s be real — 2020 showed ALL of us just how tough it can be to create work/life balance without completely losing our minds.
Personally, I feel like my work history prepared me for this.
Back in 2016, I started working remotely full-time, and after living in a few different houses with various office spaces, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on how to set up a home office for productivity.
So, let’s jump into 7 tips for making your home office work for you!
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1. Invest in the Right Equipment
The ideal home workspace needs the right equipment for starters.
Personally, I like to keep it to the core basics. Keep in mind that you may need some additional items for your job, but these are the bare minimum things I would recommend investing in:
- Keyboard: I personally recommend one of these Logitech keyboards — this is the one I have, which I love because it’s solar-powered)
- Mouse and Mouse Pad: Again, big Logitech fan (click here for some options). I also own this cool metal mouse pad, but I also recommend having one with wrist support if you plan on doing a ton of computer work!
- Monitor: Laptop screens are on the smaller side, so I appreciate having a 27 inch monitor to mirror my desktop, or expand it when I have A LOT going on (which seems to be a majority of the time these days). This HP monitor is the one I use!
- Comfortable Chair: Look at things like lumbar support, etc. (I’m personally in the market for a new chair and have my eyes on this one)
- Right Size Desk: Get a desk that isn’t too overwhelming for your space, but that is large enough to hold the important things (like the equipment above, plus maybe some pens and a space for your to do list)
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2. Get Rid of Clutter
I have a rule — every weekend, I open up my desk drawer and go through all the paperwork that I’ve stashed in it over the course of the week.
I also take a few minutes to clean up my area and make sure all pieces are where they’re supposed to be.
By doing a regularly clutter check every week, you’ll prevent the piles from getting too overwhelming later on!
3. Keep the Essentials in View and Within Reach
At the beginning of every work day, I make sure I always have a pen nearby, a notepad, and my planner.
By having these items available, I can easily grab them if I’m on a call and need to remember something really quick, or I can check something off my to do list in my planner.
Creating the best home office setup for productivity requires setting yourself up for success, and that means having the tools nearby to help you stay on task and keep track of what needs to get done!
4. The Best Home Office Setup for Productivity — Location, Location, Location
Let me let you in on a little secret… your living room is not the best location for a home office.
I know it’s probably a challenge to find the one quiet space in your house right now, but do your best to find the corner of a guest room, bonus room, or some other designated space where you can make it your own.
And if you can, try finding a space with some natural light.
When you’re having a rough day and need a minute to shift your focus, a window can make all the difference!
5. Watch the Foot Traffic
This goes along with location, but is super important!
Before you establish your home office location, think about how much foot traffic goes by that area on a regular basis.
If you have people regularly walking into your space, then you won’t have a very productive home office setup.
6. Bring Life Into Your Space
If you’ve ever worked in a cubicle, you’ve probably thought to yourself, “I need to bring something colorful to bring this space to life.”
Whether you’re an art person or a plant person, there’s bound to be something that speaks to you.
Succulents have been really popular lately as they are typically low maintenance.
If you prefer the non-plant route, check out some motivational quotes or colorful artwork that adds that “pop” to your office space.
7. Keep a Stash of Water and Healthy Snacks Nearby
I literally have a water bottle with me at all times of day. Not kidding.
It can be really easy to forget to nourish your body when you’re in the zone at work, but that can also be detrimental to your brain!
Do yourself a favor and get a large water bottle that you can refill at lunch and keep at your desk to remind yourself to hydrate.
Also, have some healthy snacks nearby. I like to grab fruit, trail mix, popcorn, etc.
I hope these tips help you establish your best home office setup for productivity!
Remember, no space is 100% perfect, but these little changes can really make a huge difference in your work performance.
Have other tips? Share them in the comments below!