As the popularity of remote work has reached new heights in recent years, the needs of homeowners have changed as well. Home office workspaces have never been higher on buyers’ priority lists and sellers are finding ways to make their homes appeal to a remote-working audience. So what does this mean for the home office moving forward? How will it continue to evolve? Only time will tell. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to curate a home office workspace that fits your needs here and now.
Whether you have a separate home office workspace or you work at a table in your kitchen nook, what’s important is that you create a dedicated space for your work. This allows you to focus by limiting distractions that may arise from other areas of the house. It also brings a sense of work-life balance to your home by physically separating the spaces. Even if your office area is limited, you can design it to feel like its own designated spot by facing it away from an open room or situating your workstation so you face a window.
Continued Remote Work
For those who have worked remotely and will continue to do so, you’ve likely gotten a grasp of how your home workspace best fits your unique needs. Perhaps you decided to ditch the desk chair for a yoga ball or switched out that old desk lamp for a therapy light. Now that remote work has become a reality, it’s time to think about how the space will fit your long-term needs.
Gone are the days of your home workspace being an afterthought. Working from home long-term means that your home office is now one of the most used spaces in the house, so it’s important to keep it organized. Declutter the space with efficiency and productivity in mind, prioritizing the items that are essential for your job. We work well when we feel well, and an organized space can help reduce anxiety and work-related stress.
As remote work continues, it may be time to make investments you were previously on the fence about making: a second monitor, a supportive floor may under your chair, a new design on your wall for your Zoom background, or a standing desk. It’s important that your home office provides you with all the tools you’ll need while inspiring you to do your best work.
Returning to In-Person Work
For those whose days of a fully remote work schedule are coming to an end, your home office needs will evolve, so it’s important that the space reflects those changes.
FULL-TIME: Returning to in-person work full-time means our home office workspace will largely be vacant. Because you won’t be using it nearly as much, you have the freedom to either keep it as is or convert the room into something else. If you’ve dreamt of having a game room, a home gym, a playroom for the kids, or creating your version of a home theater, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.
PART-TIME/HYBRID/FLEX: A hybrid or flex work schedule allows for flexibility with your home office. Paring down your workspace and transferring some equipment to your desk at work will help you declutter. Outfit both workspaces to fit your needs to avoid lugging equipment back and forth. For example, if one location is primarily meant for attending meetings and the other is for working on projects, you can curate each space accordingly. Buying an extra laptop charger means you won’t have to carry one with you to and from the office or worry about forgetting it and running out of batter at a crucial time.
3 Tips for Creating a Routine
Late summer is turning to fall all around us. The change of season presents an opportunity to refresh, reorganize, and get into a flow that works for your lifestyle. Here are three tips for creating a routine.
- Arrange Your Day: structuring your routine for morning, afternoon and evening will help keep you organized. Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, align your day with your sleep schedule.
- Prioritize: do you enjoy taking your time preparing dinner? Is it crucial that you exercise before eating breakfast? Build your routine around your priorities so that you can enjoy the important parts of your day.
- Make Adjustments: once you’ve set up your routine, remember that nothing is set in stone. Stay flexible to changes in your schedule until you find the right combination. If a certain routine doesn’t work out, it’s not a failure – it’s simply a step in the right direction.
Source: Windermere Home Update