Designing Your Home Office and Space for Peace and Productivity
The idea of a home should provide for the needs that we have. A home should be a place where we can get away from stress and relax. It should feel safe and provide a place of solace. The home should be a place where we can have our friends and family over to visit. It should be an environment of happiness, comfort, and love that will never change for as long as you live there.
When I think of home, I always think of family. A home is a place where we can spend time with our family and companion animals. Home should be somewhere that we are comfortable in and feel safe.
Ideal Lighting in the Home
Natural lighting is essential for a variety of reasons. Natural light makes us feel happier, improves mood and concentration, and helps regulate melatonin production. It can also help reduce the recurrence of seasonal affective disorder. If there's not enough natural light in the home, artificial light may need to be used to maintain comfort levels.
Unfortunately, artificial light emits high amounts of blue spectrum light, which can interfere with sleep because it has a similar effect on the brain as sunlight. If the eyes are exposed to bright light, whether natural or artificial, the pineal gland in the brain releases melatonin (the hormone that controls our body clock) and sends us off to sleep. When we're exposed to blue light, the production of melatonin is suppressed. If you are exposed to bright blue light in the middle of the night, your body will not produce significant amounts of melatonin, and it will be more difficult for you to fall asleep.
Because artificial light can affect sleep patterns so significantly, soft orange tungsten light is generally used for night lights. Orange light has a lower intensity of blue spectrum light and can support melatonin production in the brain, thus helping you feel drowsier when it's time to go to sleep.
Another option is to use full-spectrum lighting during the day and soft orange tungsten lighting at night. Full-spectrum light has the same white light spectrum of sunlight and will help curb melatonin production during daylight hours. Soft, orange tungsten lighting can then be used at night to support melatonin production and set the stage for a good night's sleep.
Orange glass filters out blue light while allowing other visible frequencies to pass through (including yellow).
Productivity with a Home Office
Find a quiet place with a comfortable temperature in your home. It can be a bedroom, living room, or office space that you designate as your "quiet zone." The area should only contain things you enjoy and are beneficial to you; for example, flowers, plants, candles, pictures of friends and family that make you happy. Avoid any screens or other distractions. Make sure the area is well-lit so that it's not too dark to read or work comfortably.
You can also try finding a local business that will allow you to work from them in exchange for a small donation. Many coffee shops and cafes are happy to have you, as it helps them bring in more customers (and it's good for introverts to get out of the house once in a while!) Remember to ask first before making yourself at home.
Work with your schedule and your body's natural rhythms to perform specific tasks at the optimal time of day. For example, if you're a morning person, you may want to take care of emails once or twice a week, first thing in the morning, as it is often easier for us to focus and concentrate when we are fresh, and our energy levels are high. However, if you're a night owl, it may make sense for you to reply to emails at the end of the workday or in the evening when you're feeling more relaxed and rested.
Improving your Work at Home Furniture for Comfort
Some excellent furniture items could help you be more productive, including a standing desk and an ergonomic keyboard.
A standing desk is an alternative to sitting at your desk all day. Standing desks have been shown to boost energy levels, promote better blood flow, and make you less likely to get sick. You might find sitting at a standing desk difficult because you may be more alert from being on your feet all the time. A standing desk can also help improve focus and concentration while working.
An ergonomic keyboard can help prevent pain in your fingers caused by typing on standard keyboards for long periods. This type of keyboard encourages the natural positioning of your hands with keyboards spaced far enough apart so that you can type without feeling too cramped.
Other office furniture can help keep you organized and make your time at work more productive. There are various lockable cabinets available for the storage of files, supplies, and other personal items such as cell phones. The lockable cabinets are also helpful in protecting laptops and desktop computers if someone mistakenly walks off with them.
Another valuable piece of office furniture is a filing cabinet with drawers to keep your paperwork organized. It could also help store files if you have an emergency and need to grab some documents from home. The cabinets can be purchased in different colors, sizes, and heights so that they will fit well in your office space. They can also store other small items such as pens, candy, or even a little coffee in case you get a headache.
Work from Home Productivity Tips
Finally, some other tips for improving your productivity and reducing your procrastination are to create a relaxing environment, find furniture that will make you more productive, and take advantage of the natural light. Outfit your space with pleasant home and office furnishings from Sea Oat to make it extra comfortable and visually appealing.
Creating a relaxing environment is just as important as creating one that's conducive to work. The type of music you listen to can also help determine your productivity levels. If you like rock, for instance, then listen to the Rolling Stones or AC/DC while you're working. If soft classical music calms you down, then make sure to have that playing in the background. While it sounds simplistic, finding furniture to help you focus and relax is a great way to increase your productivity and keep your procrastination levels low.