Top five tips for working from home during coronavirus
With many Australians now finding themselves working from home, it’s important to ensure your home office feels like a nice space to spend time in and most importantly somewhere you can feel productive.
Porter Davis lead interior designer Janelle Miles shares her top tips for working from home:
1. Include elements to promote calm, creativity and productivity
Plants are a great way to make your home office feel more alive – move some of your household plants from other rooms into your office, so that you can see some greenery from your desk.
Lighting is also an essential element to lift your mood and also to create a feeling of separation between your home office and your relaxation spaces.
2. Organisation is key
Organisation in your home office is the key to productivity.
You can never really have enough storage space in the office.
Additional storage space in the form of drawers, filing cabinets, boxes and shelving will help keep everything in order and keep your workspace clutter-free.
3. Make it personal
Photographs, inspirational quotes and imagery are always great additions to the home office. This is a space where you want to spark creativity and it is important to be in a positive space to mitigate stress.
Print out some quotes that make you feel good and stick them around your desk where you can easily read them.
4. Colour your mood
Cool blues and natural green hues are soothing options that will help create a calm space in your home office.
You can incorporate different colours in your office with accessories such as cushions, prints, lamps and frames.
5. No home office?
Not everyone has the luxury of a dedicated home office, but the good news is you can create a workspace in any home.
As long as you have a desk or bench of the adequate height and chair (if you prefer to sit), then you’re on your way.
Ensure your chosen desk has suitable storage space for papers and stationary and that you are close to a power source.
This article from the Gold Coast Bulletin originally appeared as “Top 5 tips for working at home as the COVID-19 crisis grips the country”.