Your Home Office Space – Is it Good for Your Health, Wealth and Sanity?

One of the benefits of working from home is that you can work from a place where you are comfortable and relaxed.

If you are diligent it is certainly time-saving not to be commuting and you can slip in the washing or yard work when you take a well-deserved break. That’s the good news. The bad news is if you don’t have a separate area in your house as a designated “home office” you can end up using a space that isn’t well lit and furniture that isn’t suited to being used for hours on end. Worst of all, often there is no boundary between the work and home life, both physically and mentally.
Working in your living room can result in little mental distinction between work and life, meaning you will find it harder to ‘switch off’ after a long day’s work, or you won’t be able to ‘switch on’ when you sit down to work.Your working space needs to feel professional as well as comfortable to you because it puts you in the right frame of mind.

More than that you have to feel like you’ve left the office when you finish for the day otherwise the computer can have a magnetic effect, drawing you back to it, which is both draining and unhealthy when you should be having some down or family time.”

 The space that you choose to work from is just as important as the work you are doing. Top tips to help you create the perfect work space are as follows:

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1. Good lighting is one of the most important aspects of good workspace design. If you have good natural sunlight, fantastic, but make sure you don’t have a glare on your computer screen. Choose a statement desktop lamp to reduce eyestrain. A lack of natural light can have effects on your health, leading to a diminished immune system, diabetes and premature aging.

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2. Make sure you have the right chair and your computer is at the correct height (chair ergonomics). Hours spent bent over a coffee table or in an uncomfortable chair can lead to serious health issues.

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3. Blue is often used to decorate home offices because research has shown that people are more productive in blue rooms. Break it up with solid wood and a splash of red if you are a creative or neutrals if you are a strategist.

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4. Limited space in the work environment is often an issue, so de-clutter your desk. Remove unnecessary paperwork, catalogues, files and other office paraphernalia. A clear desk can make us feel much better about our accomplishments.

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5. Floors in your workspace also need to be considered carefully. Although the look is important, your floors also need to be practical. Not only do wooden floors look great they can be ideal if you have a wheeled chair. However a rug can break the space if you’re trying to encourage different thinking in different zones.

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Regards and Blessings to you,

Jack McLaughlin
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