Within this pandemic-stricken world, many of us have found ourselves working from the confines and safety of our own homes. Some find themselves loving this new style of work while others not so much. And while a shift in change will affect anyone, even those of the strongest wills, there are some who found themselves ill-prepared to work from home. One of the main reasons for this lack of preparation is the absence of a home office. Whenever we’re decorating or designing our homes, the last thing we want to think about is work, especially a home office. But in times like these, where home offices are becoming more and more of a necessity, it’s time to learn how to optimize your home office and what to avoid when it comes to design. Luckily for you, you have us to guide you along the way. Here are a few mistakes to avoid when it comes to designing your home office.
Having Subpar Lighting
It’s no secret that lighting can set the mood. From an ambient, fire-lit romantic evening to an intrusive, fluorescent-lit interrogation, lighting has the ability to change one’s mood even if they don’t realize it. And when it comes to work, lighting is more important than ever. Nobody likes to work. They may like their job and the work they accomplish, but the act of working has never been actively fun for anyone. This is why lighting is so important when it comes to getting in the mood to work. How do you expect yourself to push yourself when you’re stuck in the dark?
Placing Your Office Near Distractions
Every home has them. Maybe it’s a playroom filled with loud and rumbustious children, or perhaps it’s a theatre room with surround sound that makes the walls shake whenever you watch something like Transformers or Fast And Furious. These are all great whenever it comes to decompressing and having a break, but not so great when you’re trying to get some actual work done. Placing your home office next to immediate distractions is the worst thing you can do. No one can get any work done when their children keep calling “Mommy” or “Daddy” every five seconds from the other room. And for some jobs, you left the children at the office for your own.
Failing To Soundproof Your Office
This can go hand in hand with placing your office near distractions. But even if you place your office underground, odds are you are going to hear some outside noise that will just end up distracting you from your work. Soundproofing your home office can be beneficial in an assortment of ways. From alienating any distractions or unwanted noise to achieving total peace and quiet, it’s essential to consider soundproofing your office if you are given the chance. This will result in not only a peaceful office but also a place of solitude that you can use even if you are not on the clock or working.