Home Office Ideas for the First-Time Homeworker

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Creative home office ideas are essential for people working remotely for the first time. These home office design ideas should help.

We’ve all heard of a home away from home. Now millions of us are setting up an office away from the office – and, for many, it’s the first time we’ve had to do it.

Good home office design is about staying fit and healthy first and foremost. But it’s also about keeping a positive attitude and staying professional when you’re not in a purpose-made business setting.

And it’s also about satisfying your personal taste. This is your chance to freshen up your workspace decor in a way you could only dream about in that drab old open-plan office. Get it right and you’ll be jumping out of bed in the morning, impatient to start your commute to the next room along…

Workstation Ergonomics

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Office furniture design has been refined over decades to follow the latest health and safety guidelines. Most workplace chairs and desks are built to optimise the posture of an average human body, as well as being adjustable to the needs of each individual worker.

Now many of us are improvising a home office using household furniture – which might need some tweaking before it gives you the same ergonomic benefits. Here are some tips for getting your workstation to a professional standard.

Office Time, Down Time

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The place where you come to unwind after the pressures of the working day – your home – is now going to be the very place where those pressures apply the most. That means it’s important that you keep a healthy division between the “work” and “not work” parts of your life.

Keep your work area distinct from the rest of your home, but also try to keep “clocking on” according to a regular timetable. This will help you stay focused and determined during the 9 to 5, but also help stop you bringing business worries “home”.

Here are some tips to help you:

*In theory you’ll only be seen from the waist up, but we certainly wouldn’t want to encourage half-measures here.

Mood and Motivation

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Think about how your old office environment was designed and the ways it helped you to perform effectively. As much as possible, try to recreate the aspects which helped to motivate you. Other than that, you’re free to do it your way – no need for the features you found distracting or just plain unattractive unless they’re essential for the job.

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There’s at least one clear advantage to working from home: you’re now your own boss when it comes to decisions about lighting, decor scheme and music policy!

Here are some tips for staying positive:

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If you follow the most important home-office rules and leave room for some motivating individual touches, there’s every chance you’ll be able to raise your game at work and feel better in yourself too. And when you’ve clocked off, remember that the commuting time you’ve saved is now yours to use in whatever way you like!

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