Home Workspace Ideas and Tips

These days, more and more people are starting to work remotely. For those used to working in a formal office setting, working from home is a new experience that may require a few adjustments. Having a dedicated work space in your home - especially one away from such temptations as bed, as TV and snacks - will help avoid distractions and focus on work.

In this article we'll share some of our favourite work from home hacks as well as some inspiring ideas from Sotheby's to set up the perfect home office.

Working from home can have several advantages, including the flexibility of setting your own schedule, saving time and money by eliminating your daily commute, and allowing you to be there for your kids when they need you. But being successful in a home office can depend on how you create your space. Ideally, your home office should be one that promotes efficiency in a non-traditional work environment.

For starters, it's best to define a professional work area, separating business from personal life - whether you're self-employed or telecommuting. Its location, lighting, and confinement of clutter are all important.

For inspiration on setting up a productive home office environment, read the Sotheby's article: 5 Design Ideas for Home Workspaces.

Before going about the task of setting up your workspace - or revamping your current one - it's a good idea to take some time to plan it first.

Here are some questions that can help you in the process:

  • What do you - or will you - need? ex. Furniture, whiteboards, apps, supplies, etc
  • What style do you want? Fancy? Minimalist? Farmhouse?
  • What colour palette would make you feel both comfortable and productive?
  • How do you want to personalize your office?
  • What if space is limited? How can you make the most of your small space to avoid distractions?

Equally important is developing some healthy work-from-home habits - like scheduling time for focused work, time for breaks and time for personal life. Using a timer, like E.gg timer - can help you stay focused in your work time blocks. For those who find the atmosphere of working from home a bit lonely, try playing some background noise, like a coffee shop, from YouTube.

Finally, most people who work remotely still need to communicate clearly with others. Here are a few things that we've found useful to maintain effective communication with each other:

  • WhatsApp - for instant communication
  • Trello - for planning and assigning tasks
  • Zoom - for virtual meetings
  • Instagram Live - for hosting virtual home tours
  • Google Drive - for sharing files remotely and being able to access them from anywhere