So you have a whole room?
Lucky you! Follow the steps above, and you’ll be on your way to a balanced home office setup.
Pro tip: make sure to have a stow-away drawer for phones and other technology you don’t need for work. Out of sight, out of mind.
Don't have your own space?
You can still create a great home office setup. Read on!
If you have a desk, keep it separate. Desk = office. Don’t use it for leisure or as place to store random clutter. Remind your home-mates that your desk is yours. It’s not to be disturbed, just like they wouldn’t randomly drop by your office to store a book or complete an assignment.
If you don’t have a desk, choose a table that is not too tall. You can add desktop and keyboard risers, but you can never shorten it! Have a discussion with your roommates, family, or children. This part of the table is your office. That means that no matter the time of day, it is to stay separate and unused. Delineating your work space from home space will help you turn your work brain “on” and “off.”
If you have to use a multipurpose space, ritualize the act of clearing your office and setting it up. Set up your office in the morning to get into performance-mode. Clear your office when you’re done for the day to start relaxing. (Stay tuned for helpful organizational accessories!) Remember that closet tip? You can also make that your desk cubby space in a shared room. If you have stairs, set up a desk and chair in that little bit of extra landing space.
Pro tip: Choose the least frequented area of your home, while following our tips above. If traffic is unavoidable, it might be worth it to invest in a pair of noise-cancelling earbuds.