The coronavirus pandemic has led to a lot of changes for the modern worker. Many offices have shut down completely, leaving folks to figure out on their own how to be productive and efficient while at home.
If you’re anything like me, the lockdown taught you that creating a workspace in your place is absolutely essential if you are working from home. The energy in the space needs to be one that inspires creativity, productivity, and motivation.
Without these things, you’re likely to stay in bed all day with your laptop burning up your sheets, and find yourself Googling things like “Is my Alexa haunted?” instead of working.
But, fear not! I have all the steps you need to create your perfect at-home office.
Create a workspace
The first step to making your home office awesome is designating a specific spot in your space for work. This will help you separate your work life from your home life. As many of us have learned during the pandemic, blending the two can become extremely stressful and induce serious anxiety.
Your workspace should ideally have a desk, of course. Then, add in whatever else you need to keep yourself productive and motivated.
You can create your own coffee station using a small table along the wall, invest in a comfortable, stackable conference chair that you can easily store away when you have guests, and you can hang photos and decor that inspire you.
Invest in ‘office’ supplies
Of course, not going into the office means you need your own supplies. Treat yourself to a custom small notebook or custom lined notepads that you can use to take notes during conference calls or doodle when you need a break.
Printer ink cartridges and an affordable, small printer that doesn’t take up too much space are a good investment, as well.
Figure out what you don’t need
Another perk of working from home is that you get to make all the decisions. You don’t get to choose the paint color of your office’s walls, but you do get to choose your own!
There’s lots of clutter that offices accrue over time that you simply don’t need in your space. Adjustable printer stands and a modern reception desk are the least of your worries – you can now spend your money on more important things, like plants, bobbleheads, and rubber bands to throw across the room at your partner.