Working from home is a growing trend nowadays. Whether working from home fulltime or bringing home work every once in a while, you will need a conducive place in your home where you can concentrate on the required tasks without worrying about house chores, family, or personal matters.
Having a home office does not require any specific real estate property in the Philippines. It can be done in your existing house, apartment, or condo unit. Below are some tips on how you can successfully turn your home or at least an area in it into your office.
- Designate a space. If you cannot allot a whole room, the next best thing you can do is to isolate one specific corner or area inside the house where you can work without being disturbed by anyone. Make sure this place contains only the things that are relevant to the tasks you are planning to accomplish there, nothing else. As a rule of thumb, things that are not work-related should not be brought into your home office. You will not be bringing your well-used basketball to your office, would you? Aside from making your home more organized, designating a dedicated area will also help keep distractions at bay especially when you are working.
- Organize and keep it simple. The key to a more relaxing and less stressful office is an organized work area. Keep clutter to a minimum and come up with your own simple storage systems. To ensure that you can maintain your own system of organization and storage, make it simple to follow.
- Get good quality stuff. You would not want to sit in an uncomfortable chair in front of an unsightly table if your plush sofa or relaxing bed is just a few steps away. Hence, make sure you will also want to stay in your home office by making sure work you also have good quality stuff in there. A chair with good seating support should be one of your topmost priority since you will spend time your work time sitting on it.
- Prioritize lighting. It can be very uncomfortable to work in an area with poor lighting. It is best to ensure that you have good lighting in your work area to ensure that you will not find it difficult to see your mails. Make sure of natural light as much as you can but invest in good quality lights and lamps to keep you well-lighted even during the night or when there is inadequate lighting.