Ten Tips For Creating A Productive Office Or Workspace At Home

INSPIRE yourself with an image of your dream holiday tropical island, or another goal you’re working towards, pinned to your noticeboard.

DECLUTTER your space. Ruthlessly recycle unnecessary pieces of paper. Put old files you don’t need to look at but need to keep just-in-case in the loft or in the cupboard under the stairs. Removing unnecessary ‘visual noise’ will help your focus too.

ORGANISE your work tools, particularly if you’re a creative. Avoid wasting time looking for equipment by making a display out of the tools of your trade with easy-accessible open shelving or peg-boards.

MOTIVATE yourself with a blank canvas. Tidying up yesterday’s work before you can start today’s is an energy drain. Get a smaller desk so you can’t use it as a dumping ground. 

DECREASE the size of your work space to avoid the feeling of work taking over the whole house. Transform a cupboard into a mini office, like a large bureau, and close the door on work both literally and metaphorically when you down tools for the day.

LIGHT your space well, working by the sunniest window in the house or using a daylight lamp, available from craft shops and lighting retailers. Help prevent your eyes becoming fatigued.

COMFORT yourself economically. Try the Dyson Hot heater or similar to avoid heating the entire house when you’re only using a small area. Sitting still for long periods sure gets chilly.

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PROTECT your back by sitting actively on a large Pilates ball, air-cushion or wedge. Introduce a higher surface, so you can work standing up for some activities. 

TRAFFIC FLOW Position your workstation on the landing or under the stairs if you don’t need constant privacy. This would give a neglected corner real purpose, or could free up your spare bedroom (if you have one) for guests, rather than it always being half an office.

COLOUR the space to stimulate and provide interest. Green is the most restful colour for the eyes to gaze upon and so has traditionally been used in libraries, studies and backstage.