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Setting up a home office

When you're ready to make the move to working from home, or you already have, we've got heaps of ways to make your home office more comfortable and better to work in.

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Pick Your Space

When choosing a work area, it's a good idea to keep it away from your living spaces. Plus, having a separate space makes it easier to 'switch off' when you're not working. Corners are great for office set-ups as they take up less room. Remember to make sure you have access to power. You might need to use extension leads and power boards.

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Work Out What You Need

Make a list of all your work equipment, including the paperwork and materials you need to store. You can plan a basic office around the size of your desk, then work out where the shelving and storage needs to go.

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Setting Up

To save time shifting office furniture around, it's a good idea to draw it up first. Areas with natural light are good, but you can always use desk lamps. If you work on a computer, having a couple of light sources cuts down on screen glare. Choose an L or U desk shape to keep everything in easy reach. If you're short on space, the stand-up desk is becoming popular.

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Too much clutter makes it harder to concentrate and find what you need. While a paperless office is great, you still need plenty of storage space for paperwork and keeping stationery out of sight.

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Personalise Your Space

One of the nice things about having a home office is you get to decorate it any way you want. Pictures are a good idea, and plants are a great way to bring life into your space and have been proven to increase productivity. Pin boards are also good for organisation.

Think about a fresh coat of paint. A splash of colour can even change how you work, for example:

  • Yellow is optimistic and helps you concentrate
  • Red gets people passionate
  • Blue is peaceful and helps work rates
  • Green is calming.
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