According to Kim Williams, an interior designer and human behavioural specialist, we need to consider three points before setting up our workspaces:
Consider who you will be sharing space with, the invisible factors of shared space such as ambient noise from other people in the house, and how you feel in that specific space.
Setting up your home workspace in a practical way can contribute positively to your productivity.
Below, Williams shares tips on how you can optimise your space to live, play and work better.
Organise your space
The way you arrange your home will have a direct impact on its functionality. The way you organise your space will also differ, depending on what you need that space to be at different times of the day.
Keep your space neat
Evaluate and reflect
According to Williams, there's a link between our mindsets and the spaces around us. Consider how your workspace helps your productivity, or how you experienced a specific area, and adjust accordingly.
Set clear boundaries for your family
Set some clear limits for who gets which space, at what time, for your family. For example, if you work in the bedroom, not allowing kids in that space until after office hours can be an option.
Make the environment an attractive space to be in
Play music, put flowers and natural elements inside, or even use different ornaments in your office. That can assist to create a positive atmosphere and, in turn, increase your productivity.
Set the tone
Studies have shown that light and temperature have a massive impact on our mood. Set up your space where you can preferably look out of a window. Williams says this has a significantly positive influence on your sense of well-being.