Five Must Haves For Your Home Office
by Kenny Rhoads
So you work from home, but you still want your home office to feel like an office? It’s difficult to stay motivated when you know the TV or your family are right around the corner begging for your attention. When you set up your home office, do it in such a way that you feel like it’s outside of your home, or your separate world within your world. And use some of the following must have tools for every home office to do so.
Ergonomically Friendly Chair
You spend most of your day sitting in your chair. Shouldn’t it be comfortable? Don’t go cheap on your office chair, and especially don’t just use a folding chair for your office. Find a chair that is comfortable for you that supports your frame. Using office tools that fit your body and help to promote good health can prevent many health problems. You don’t have to pay a fortune for a good chair; many ergonomically friendly chairs are available for fewer than fifty dollars.
Ergonomically Friendly Desk
You’ve probably been in a situation where you’ve sat at a desk all day long. By the end of the day, your back aches, your wrists hurt from sitting on your keyboard, and your eyes are burning from staring at a computer screen all day. Along with this, you are likely exhausted simply from sitting all day, and the fast food you ate for lunch is a huge pit in your stomach. You can avoid these problems with an ergonomic adjustable standing desk for your workspace. These standing desks allow you to stand and adjust the desk to your height in the way that is most comfortable and ergonomically friendly. You will also burn more calories when you are standing than you would sitting in an office chair all day.
You will likely have files and paperwork that needs to be filed regularly in your office. Don’t just stack these piles all over your desk or on the floor. Invest in filing cabinets or new filing tools that allow you to hang your filing system from the wall. If you have a small space from which to work, look into small filing systems that can be hidden or hung. Save space and keep your office clean for fewer than thirty dollars.
Include The Miscellaneous
Think of the things you would have hanging in your office if you worked in the office building. You’d probably have pictures of your family and possibly degrees or certificates you have earned. There may be a spot for your favorite drink or snack. Make room for these same things in your home office. Add a touch of your personality and make room for some comfort items in order to more personalize your space. You will enjoy being in your office more if you feel at home there.
Set It Up Right
Finally, once you have all the right tools, make sure to set your office up in a way that appeals to you aesthetically and functionally. Put pencils, pens and paper clips in easily accessible places, and place your monitor where it is most comfortable for you to see. Don’t be afraid to shake things up to make them more comfortable; the more comfortable you are, the more you’ll enjoy working.