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Create the home office of your dreams

Whether you work full-time at home or occasionally need to conduct business in the evenings or on the weekends, a home office a great way to utilize an extra room. The first rule of creating a functional home office is having an area that is for work and work only. How much space will depend on the size of your home, but even without an entire room you might be surprised about what you can come up with!

Having a desk that folds away and a cabinet to store your work items can be enough to help you feel like you are in your house but still separate from it. You don’t have to have the desk set up all the time, just when you are working. A dedicated workspace in your home can be designed to increase productivity and comfort.

  • Invest in a good office chair. Investing in an ergonomic office chair is essential. You may be spending anywhere from 30 to 50 hours a week sitting in it, so your back will thank you. Purchasing one with multiple adjustments is ideal so it fits you just right. If you have space, maybe consider both standing and sitting desk options.

  • Switch up your lighting. Fluorescent lighting has been proven to be hard on the eyes. Make the switch to LED or halogen light bulbs in your home office and try to let in as much natural light as possible. Especially in winter, you might also find yourself working when it's dark outside. Consider floor or desk lighting to create a warm, inviting space, as well as reduce headaches and eye strain. Portable lights also offer the added benefit of moving along with you if you need to change your workspace to another part of your home. Don't forget to take your background into consideration if you're having regular Zoom meetings!

  • It's a good idea to have different kinds of plants in your room. They will provide something nice to look at as well as a burst of oxygen to help fight fatigue. If you don't have room, try some small table vases for your table or a big one for the corner of the room.

  • Keep essentials in reach and organized. Nothing says productivity like a clean, neat workspace. Select a desk with a lot of storage or install creative shelving to keep items like pens, pencils, extra batteries, calculators, notepads, and more stored within arm’s reach.

  • Decorate bright. Pick a colour you love and use it to spice up the room. Use cheery yellow or red or relaxing tones like green and blue, instead of beiges and browns.

  • Aim for the view. If possible, place your desk so you are facing a window instead of a blank wall. Natural light can do wonders for staying alert and you can give yourself a short mental break when necessary by looking to the outdoors.

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