We have talked to Ourania Tiliou, a loving friend and an exceptional architect, specialising in interior design. We asked her for some tips on how to transform a house into a working space. But without messing with the identity and functionality of the other spaces in the house. And most important to maintain a healthy living.
Here are a few tips from Ourania for better results when working from home:
Maintain a routine: Even when working from home, a daily routine is important for your productivity, mental health, and happiness.
Stay connected with close people: It is only natural for people to become worried or anxious during a time of uncertainty. However, your time away from the office can be a positive opportunity for new skills, habits, and knowledge adoption. Keep in touch with friends and family with a spirit of positivity and kindness.
Establish a dedicated work area: Take the time to set up a dedicated home office. To enhance productivity, consider acquiring a large screen such as a TV, or if budget allows, two monitors, to allow for a smoother workflow. If it appears you will be working from home for more than a few weeks, also consider investing in a good keyboard and multi-function mouse.
Be conscious of ergonomics: it’s very important to find a comfortablechair with back support and adjustment levers that are easily accessible and harmonized with your body. As part of this, adjust your screens to eye level using either a stand or books. Sitting for extended periods of time is not good for your health. This explains why the new generation is embracing standing desks. A standing desk is exactly what you think: a tall desk where you work standing up. Most of these desks are height adjustable. Some more expensive versions can even be converted into conventional sit-down desks on the fly. A standing desk won’t magically improve your health, but it will improve productivity, focus and heart health. If you do not wish to buy a standing desk, you might consider trying a standing desk extender. These desk extenders can also be adjusted by height and are often cheaper. They also allow you to turn any surface into a standing desk. It’s quite convenient when creating a home office for the first time. You can try different places to find the one that works best for you.
Ventilation and exposure to daylight: Ensure you set up your office space in a well-ventilated area, which has access to natural light. Warm light, such as from firelight, promotes relaxation. Cold light, such as daylight, improves productivity and alertness. That’s what you want in your home office. Try to fix your working space close to windows because exposure to daylight can impact your physical and mental well-being. Working in a space with natural light and frequently renewable fresh air is the most important. It helps with your concentration level and at the same time reduces tiredness, headaches and eyestrain. Allowing you to be more productive on a day-to-day basis and healthier in the long term.
Plants and views: You might want to keep a plant or two that you like in your workspace as an added touch. Research has shown that having plants in an office can increase your productivity and make you happier while you work. Also, exposure to plants and views of vegetation (trees, garden, parks etc) reduces stress, restores attentional capacity, and improves performance on a variety of cognitive tasks. Additionally, plants are strongly effective in continuously removing the chemicals from the air. Both the plant leaves and the micro-organisms in the soil will improve the air quality.
Control noise level : Ideally, your office should be in a quiet area that allows you some privacy. This is especially important if you share the house with a spouse, children, or roommates. You might find that a spare room with a door can reduce noise from the rest of the house. It would make sense to choose a room near the front entrance of the house if you’ll be meeting with clients in your home office. You might need a dedicated studio or a space that’s separate from the rest of your home if you need to spread out design or tech equipment.