Offices, restaurants, cafes, shops, gyms - all shut.
Overnight, you find yourself working from home.
Perhaps for the first time.
And not just the occasional day, but every day!
Is this the new normal?
Will this be the future of work?
Time will tell.
But what is certain, you’ll be working from home more than before.
Regardless of the pandemic, work is changing - and fast.
It’s about flexibility and reinvention.
To help you adapt, here’s how to create your ideal home workspace.
What springs to mind when I say the word OFFICE?
Who’d want these in their home?
Neither do you want to be perched with your MacBook on the corner of the dining room table. Clearing crumbs and magazines, trying to look professional with your boss waiting on Zoom.
You deserve better.
You don’t want a clone of your office.
Or be hot-desking in your own home.
So what are your options?
How can you work at home on your terms? In comfort.
The answer - a personalised work zone.
Here are the 3 key elements to create yours.
Work shouldn’t take over your life, or home.
When the lid of your MacBook snaps shut, you want to walk away and switch off. Then return refreshed the next day.
So find a place you can allocate just for work, and only work.
Avoid the living room sofa, dining room table, kitchen worktop or anywhere in the bedroom. These are places you want to relax. Not be reminded of your inbox.
Perhaps you have a spare room.
If not, what about a corner of your living or dining room?
It doesn’t have to be a whole room, just an area you can allocate for work.
This is your 'flexible work zone'.
Next, consider how to position yourself in the zone.
To do this, look at what’s in front and behind you.
Ideally sit facing or near a window.
Natural light is energising and perfect to work in. The opposite of fluorescent strips.
Your face will be perfectly lit when Skyping.
And inspiration’s more likely to strike gazing at a view than a blank screen.
You’re probably doing video meetings, and you don’t want your boss seeing a picture of you on the beach in Bali. If you wouldn’t take it to work, don’t leave it in view of the camera.
Here’s what NOT to have behind you
Now you’ve picked your work zone, think about your work style and what you need around you.
What’s your style of working? Everyone’s unique.
You may need a big desk for documents, books and folders . . . or you may just need your MacBook, on your lap.
Think about what suits your style.
There are no rules.
There’s nobody saying you have to work in this cubicle.
This is your chance to work the way you want.
Do you prefer sitting at a desk or relaxing in a chair, or do you need both?
Be flexible and include as many options as possible within your work zone.
Here are some ideas
You’ll be surprised how much your focus and productivity will increase when your work zone is right for you.
If you’ve ever googled office furniture you’ll have been assaulted with
This soulless 'off the peg' furniture is grim.
So where do the beautiful options live?
Not in these online warehouses!
When furnishing your home work zone, aim high.
The brands featured in this article design beautiful minimal furniture and lighting. And many can be adapted for work.
A small console table makes an ideal desk. An occasional chair makes a great work seat.
The Coronavirus pandemic has made us rethink our approach to work.
Overnight, working from home has become the norm.
There’s many benefits - no commuting, flexible hours, less interruptions.
So it’s likely it’s here to stay.
To avoid a generic, plasticky home office and achieve a sleek, personalised workspace, make sure you
Lead the way and make working from home a beautiful thing.