There is much talk about the future of the organization of job and one of the star terms of the debate is ‘telecommuting’. This is a reality to which many freelances or autonomous They face each day. When someone confesses that they work from home, in others an idyllic image is formed in which he is seen in comfortable and casual clothes, sitting in a fluffy armchair, with a cup of warm coffee, nice little music and the laptop on his legs … like who is going to take a while browsing Internet a weekend when you don’t feel like going out.
The reality is quite different. And is that those who work from home face the hell of having to do it in an environment that has not been designed to spur your productivity and propitiate the concentration. So that your house suits your professional needs you must devote a little reflection and effort to make it your ideal workspace.
How to turn your house into an office in 7 keys
Limit your workspace
Choose the corner, table or room that will become your ‘office’ and where you will not let domestic problems penetrate. Working from home does not mean that you should make household chores compatible with professionals. Try to have a workday and that fulfilling it without distractions is a priority. To do this, having a space dedicated exclusively to it in which to isolate yourself is essential (especially if you are not going to be alone at home).
Color is important
There are many work psychology jobs that explain that there are colors that help and others that undermine your work performance. Having a yellow or lime green wall behind the computer screen or decorative objects of striking and bright tones in sight do not play in favor of work, as they distract attention.
If you have wondered why the offices, in general, are painted and decorated in neutral tones, there is the reason. But Nor does it mean that your entire environment should be bland: You should only try to ensure that the area your vision is focused on when you work offers the least possible distractions. Also avoid dark tones on the walls, since they make the spaces smaller and create a feeling of oppression.
This is a golden rule in any workspace to spur productivity, be it your home or office. Not only does it help you find things quickly, but it has a positive psychological effect: nobody wants to spend a lot of time in a messy and disastrous space.
For it, You do not have to use office furniture that is an attack on the overall aesthetics of your home, but you can be creative and use usual furniture in the home decoration and turn them into elements of professional management, such as, for example, magazine racks converted into files to have folders at hand, or use bedside tables instead of the classic drawers with wheels … Imagination rules.
An armchair that is very comfortable to watch a movie on TV can be counterproductive however to work, so Choose specially designed elements to work comfortably and efficiently. Pay attention to the height of the table you work on and invest in a seat designed to spend a lot of time in it Without your body suffering.
Always natural light
One of the great advantages of working at home is to escape from office environments with artificial lighting. Opt for a space with natural luminosity to place your work table near windows, preventing the brightness of these or the light that enters in abundance bother you.
To turn our house into an office, experts advise integrating natural plants into work spaces because they have very positive effects, not only for exerting a calming effect, but also It improves people’s health.
Marlon Nieuwenhuis, from the School of Psychology at the University of Cardiff, in Wales, has carried out studies in this regard and in his work has concluded that in the offices that had plants the productivity increased of the order of 15%, since it was detected an increase in the level of satisfaction, concentration levels and air quality perceived by workers.
Avoid making your home office noisy. For it, you must invest a little in insulation and air conditioning to dispense with having the windows open and the noise distracting you.
If you are one of those who think that be able to play music while you work It is a plus to do it at home, be careful what you choose. As much as Spotify offer you ready to work concentrated, they have little to do with the music that science says is the perfect one to work. According to Chinese researchers Huang RH and Shih YN, authors of the study ‘Effects of background music on concentration of workers, the music you play you have to like it, but not enough As to pay attention. Much better if it is instrumental, without lyrics that make you fall into the temptation of being attentive. In any case, the ‘tempo’ of the music should fit your activity, since music that is very fast will end up stressing you.
On the other hand, according to scientists from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the United States, using sounds of nature helps to improve our mood and help to stay focused. There are other studies such as that carried out by researchers at the University of British Columbia who are committed to moderate noise of 70 decibels (like that of a cafeteria) because it helps to execute creative processes more efficiently than if we are in a quiet space or with a lot of noise. If you need ‘human’ noise around to work well, the Coffitivity company (coffitivity.com) recreates the environmental sounds of a coffee to boost creativity and work more comfortably.
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