It’s no surprise, but COVID has opened wide the doors for the ability to work from home. It has become more of the standard than the exception in the past two years. I am always looking for ways to keep my home office fresh and inviting. I spend a majority of waking hours in this space, so it needs to be a place where I enjoy and thrive. Today, I am sharing my home office space and offering some tips for making working from home more productive - both mentally and physically.
Welcome to my home office….
This space has is one of my favorite rooms in my home. While I do not want my living room to be leopard and accented with pink, it is absolutely perfect for my office! I also love the added chandelier as well. It is the exact combination that is fun, bright, uniquely me, and also professional at the same time. Many of the decor items in my office are from At Home and Home Goods and were bought 6 or 7 years ago. I have linked either the exact or similar items below.
Leopard Rug | Similar Pink Chair | similar Desk | similar Mirrored Console Table | similar Wall Art | Vinyl Wall Lettering | Floor Lamp | Desk Lamp | Corner Ambient Lamp | Foot Rest | similar chandelier | Herman Miller Aeron office chair
Tips for Creating a Healthy Home Workspace
If able, create a space that is dedicated to work. When I first started working from home 8 years ago, I would work from the couch. I found I had a hard time unwinding at the end of the day because there was no “commute” or physical transition from my workspace to my relaxing space. I quickly cleared a spot in a guest bedroom to set up a desk solely dedicated to work.
I have also found that positioning my desk right by a window is life-giving for me. I love being able to look out the window and the added vitamin D is a bonus.
3. Go ahead and get ready as your normally would in the morning. This has been the biggest change for me. I used to wake up, throw on workout clothes, and get to work. I now make it a priority to get ready in the mornings, put on makeup, and give myself time before I start working. Work will always be there. You will do your best work when you take a the time to prepare yourself mentally and physically in the mornings.
4. Schedule in breaks. I started marking off the noon hour as my lunch break, otherwise I found myself looking at the clock at 2pm and realizing I had not eaten lunch or gotten up to simply stretch my legs. I always try to eat my lunch in the kitchen and not at my desk.
5. Add a few houseplants and candles to your workspace to create a touch of cozy. The bonus of working from home is that you can add your own touches to your “cubical”. I love having a few plants around and they are a natural air purifier. If you’re looking for some easy houseplants, check out my recommendations here.
6. Decorate with things that inspire you. I have a favorite scripture on my wall, a picture of my niece, pretty flowers, my diplomas and a framed photo of the Memphis bridge (my hometown). These are all things that are personal to me and encourage my best work.