Across the country, restrictions are beginning to ease as the prospect of returning to normality is on the horizon. Included in this, is the prospect of businesses welcoming employees back into the office. For many businesses, they are only allowing a set amount of employees back into their office, creating a workweek that allows so many days working in the office and the rest working from home.
However, there is an increasing number that has decided to allow their employees to continue working from home.
Each business and its reason for doing this is different. For some, seeing their team being more productive working from home, has allowed them to see how much they could save by not investing in an office space.
Whereas for others, seeing how much more productive their team have been since working from home, has meant they are happy to allow them to continue working from their home office spaces.
For those that find themselves in a position where they will be continuing to work from home for the foreseeable future, you might find yourselves thinking of ways to update the space you are currently working from to improve your productivity.
It can be challenging working from home to find the motivation to be productive. The space you work from can influence your productivity levels. Since the area in your home that you choose to work from can influence how productive you are at work, you may want to consider redecorating. The reason for redecorating is to help increase your productivity levels as you continue to work from home.
Improvements To Consider Making
When redecorating your office, or your office space, various changes can be made to create a more productive working environment. Fortunately, these updates can be small changes such as adding a plant, through to bigger changes such as painting the walls and moving furniture around.
Just like there is a range of updates that can be made, the costs for these updates can suit any budget, as some can be done at a low cost and others you may want to invest more in.
If you have decided that you do want to update your office space, whether it because it feels as though it needs updating or you just want to find ways to create a space that you feel productive in, these are a few things to consider.
Beauty In The Windows
Allowing natural light to shine in through your windows, is a quick, simple and affordable way to help you feel more productive whilst at work.
Natural light, especially when the sun is shining, is a great way to help improve a person’s mood and can help increase their productivity levels.
However, there is one slight downside to windows, the outside view can be a distraction to some. Whether it is a striking view of the garden or overlooking the street, watching people passing by, windows can cause some to lose focus of the task at hand.
How to combat this issue, is by investing in some window dressings, such as blinds or curtains, something that will help to restrict the view of outside, without losing the light being able to come in.
If the room you have set up in your home office is a spare room that you have converted into an office, or if it is the guest room, you may want to look at window dressing ideas. Investing in window dressings will not only help you to create a productive working environment, but it can also help to transform the space.
IF you are looking for ideas, it is worth taking a look at Make My Blinds’ guide to window dressing styles.
Here you will find a range of window dressing ideas for each room of your house, allowing you to find a style that will suit your office, as well as any other room you are considering redecorating.
Consider The Color And The Lights
Colour can have a significant impact on how we perform, as each color can cause a different effect. For instance, blue and green are great in helping with our creativity, whereas red appears to help us with paying closer attention to detail. Additionally, yellow is a great color for promoting creativity and optimism.
When redecorating, you might want to consider which colors you want to incorporate into space and see whether or not they can help with improving your productivity levels.
It is not just color that can have an impact on our productivity levels.
Lighting is also another important factor that you should consider. When talking about lighting, it is not just about the natural light supplied from the windows, instead, it is more about the lamps and the main light.
If the lights in the room were in a dimmer setting, it can promote freedom and therefore leads to you being more creative. Whereas if you were to have a brighter atmosphere to work in, it could induce analytical and evaluative thinking.
Bring The Outdoors Inside
Interacting with nature can have a positive effect on our mood.
The issue is that when working from home, it is not possible to spend a considerable amount of time outdoors in the sunshine surrounded by greenery. Instead, you may want to consider investing in plants to not only brighten up your workplace but also boost your overall health and mood since plants can help to decrease stress levels.
They are also a great way to making you work more efficiently whilst providing an excellent visual for your workspace. If you struggle with looking after plants, consider investing in plants that are low maintenance. In doing so, you can incorporate outdoor elements inside without worrying about constantly looking after them.
Make A Plan Before Action
Seeing how even the tiniest changes to space can help to create a improve your productivity levels, naturally, you will want to go and make these updates immediately.
However, it is essential that before you begin that you have an idea about how you want the space to look after it has been redecorated.
From selecting colors to paint the walls, which window dressings to choose, knowing what furniture to get, all the way to know where your desk and chair will go, it is essential to have a solid idea of all of this before you start.
If you were to start decorating without a plan of the result, you might find yourself in a position where you find certain elements do not work together, or you do not like the colors chosen.
By planning, you can reduce the risk of having to start the task of redecorating again, saving you both time and money. Having a clear idea of the end goal will also help to complete the task at hand effectively and efficiently, leaving you with your dream workspace to help you feel productive whilst working from home.
Having a space in your home that you can call your work office will allow you to separate home life from work life, helping to create that balance as you continue to work from home.
Lastly, having a space that you can call your office will also help improve your productivity levels. The reason being is that you know it is the place that you go to just for work.