The decision to work at home was not an easy one. You had to weigh in all the difficulties and advantages, as well as all the cost of moving your operations to your house. After a few months however, you’ve noticed that you’ve been steadily less and less productive. Here are a few tips for you to rekindle your love for your at home space.
The first thing you need to do is decide whether a new fit out is important. The best fitout starts with visualizing what you want your space to look like. Once you’ve got an idea of what would make you happy it is time decide between a Cat A or Cat B fit out. The difference is that the first one will be a major renovation and involves skills that might be out of the reach of the average do it yourself kind of person. If you are serious about making yourself comfortable, a category A restoration might be in order. The other, the most common of the renovations levels is CAT B, category B renovations involves refurbishing your space redesigning the space with out any major changes to electricity outlets floor, ceiling, or other fixtures. CAT B fit outs are with in the reach of anyone with a focused strategy. Then start working on a realistic budget.
The next step on the list for the best fitout will be where you want your space to be located. This has a lot to do with the previous one. When you imagine what our perfect office space would look like, also picture where it will go. Remember that if you are a really creative person, you might need a lot of inspiration, so home related intrusion will be encouraged with in your office space. If you are easily distracted though, it might be better if you try to separate your work from your home. How strict you are about the location and blending of the domestic and the productive is up to you, but you’ll have to be firm one way or the other. Also, the location you pick will encourage people from your home to wonder in and say hi. Again, if you are OK with distraction, pick a place that is close to a window, even if it is on a high traffic area.
The window space brings me to the other major impact on the best fitout strategy. Always try to get as much natural light as possible. Neon light will affect your mood and make you less productive, it will slow down your creativity or it will dull your problem solving skills. Remember, whenever possible go with natural light.
The best fitout will not however make you more productive if you are always slowed down by your hardware. This is a bit of a stretch, but I feel is necessary to tackle, Your work-flow has a lot to do with your productivity. If your software or hardware is unreliable, and you are constantly loosing data or have to wait for a long time while things process, you are not being productive. Get better software and hardware. While you are at it, eliminate as much clutter from your desk as possible by going wireless as much as you can. If there is no way around cables, keep them coiled and organized.