The Covid-19 lockdown has blurred the lines for workspaces, with several working individuals opting for comfort of their home to check and respond to emails, taking a project home with themselves, or even starting businesses at home. Even though most people still work from an office most of the time, occasional remote work can necessitate a functional home office space. Every working professional that is operating permanently or temporarily from home requires some sort of workspace, but not all will require an office in the traditional sense. If you operate a freelance photography business, for example, your main workspace in the home may be your darkroom. If you operate an automotive paint shop, then chances are your workspace will be the garage or a freestanding shop out back. In other words, workspace requirements will vary depending on the business you choose to operate, and how much digital or manual work you require. Working full or part time in the home requires much thought to create a working environment that that promotes creativity and concentration and is in balance with the needs of your family. Here are some ways to define your workspace and create the ideal working environment at home.
Create separations and thresholds
Separating your workspace from rest of the house can help the user designate where work physically starts and stops. It’s a visual cue that says, “Step into my office.” Something like sliding doors work really well in workspaces as not only do they help block out noise, but they also act as a visual indication to other residents that work is in session. If a separate, closed-off room isn’t possible in your home, look for places where you can introduce a threshold. Outlining a work zone can be as simple as changing the flooring material, signalling a different spatial identity to the home’s other occupants.
Allocate a pinup area
It’s imperative to fill your workspace with examples of what inspires you to do your job. One should by allocating a blank section of your workspace that can be filled with ideas as they develop as this pinup area could be a framed space for visual thinking. By augmenting this in your office space, you’re categorizing the work-related tasks, as opposed to jotting them down in a notebook that might also include a personal to-do list. This positively impacts your creativity as more you surround yourself with what you love, the more time you’ll want to spend in the space.
Let the light shine in
It doesn’t take much natural light to fill a small space and elevate your mood. Working with the windows you have, let light be a space-defining tool. The beauty of having natural light in a space is that it usually comes with views of the exterior. Looking out to vegetation helps one relax and aids in contemplation and meditation. This simple strategy can be extremely useful, and can affect an individual’s overall productivity within his or her work area.
Ergonomic and aesthetic furniture
If you’ve ever worked from home, you and your sofa may have a complicated relationship. It’s time to move on. The couch may seem comfy at first, but eventually you’ll feel it impacting your motivation as well as your spine. A proper chair and work desk will greatly increase your productivity. They will also define your office as a professional workspace. The search for a great furniture should be twofold. One should always look for furniture that is comfortable, practical and beautiful and is a product that they’ll want to spend using, because working from home requires a longer presence at a workspace.
Inputs Disha Bhavsar and Shivani Ajmera, principal designers and co-founders, Quirk Studio