Working from home can be wonderful; you certainly can’t beat the commute. Yet the home-based office has its share of challenges. Space is limited. Staying organized can be tough when the lines between home and work get blurred.
The key to success starts with choosing the right location. Just because you can work anywhere doesn’t mean you should. Consider the following questions to help you decide where:
Home offices should play nice in the sandbox with others, while allowing you to get your work done. Create an inviting and comfortable environment by clearly defining the boundaries.
Dual-Purpose Room: If the space will be used for two purposes – i.e. home office by day, guest room or dining room by night, store papers and supplies in containers that allow for quick cleanup when others come in to use it.
Sharing an Office: When sharing your home office with other family members, visually separate your files, records, and supplies from your spouse’s and kids’ with designated drawers, cabinets, and shelves. Color coding adds visual order, and the separation minimizes conflicts over missing info.
No matter what room your office ends up in, a fun and healthy seating solution is the UP Ergonomic Adjustable Stool. Portable, adorable, and compact, each stool can do double duty as a side table or nightstand.
With a designated space and the right setup, your home office – whether you use it to run your business, run your household or both – can be a productive and energizing space.
For over 25 years, New York Times bestselling author and organizational consultant Julie Morgenstern has transformed the way individuals and companies function around the globe, including American Express, Microsoft, FedEx, and the NYC Mayor’s Office.
Her cutting edge advice has been featured on programs from The Oprah Winfrey Show to Good Morning America and NPR, and she is regularly featured in a variety of print magazines and publications, including Forbes, Harvard Business review, and The Wall Street Journal.
In today’s fast-paced culture, professional success often seems synonymous with long days, never-ending to-do lists, and sleepless nights. But it doesn’t have to be that way.