A Room of One’s Own: Creating The Perfect Home Office
Juggling motherhood with self-employment isn’t easy, but it is something that more and more modern women are successfully doing. Studies indicate that the number of working mothers is on the rise. Thanks to advancements in technology and the increase of work from home opportunities, it has never been easier for moms to make a little extra income from the comfort of their own home.
In her extended essay, A Room Of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf talks about the importance of having a private and designated space from which to work if a woman wants to be successful. For working mothers, this couldn’t be truer. In order to fully engage with their work, a woman needs to switch off from the chaos around her and concentrate in a space that is free from distractions. But what should your working space entail and how can you style and furnish it in order to make it the ideal place in which to be productive?
Here are some tips on creating the perfect home office.
Studies indicate that the color of your office can have a direct impact on productivity, so bear this in mind before you pick up a paintbrush. If you want to brighten up your office space, then cheerful yellows can be an inspiring option, in contrast to low wavelength shades such as pale blue which promote calmness. Beware of dark, dramatic colors such as red which can be stressful and oppressive in a small space.
Good quality lighting is important in any office space. Without good lighting, you risk becoming fatigued, uninspired and potentially developing eye strain. Ideally, your office should have a window to allow plenty of natural light and air to circulate. If this isn’t possible, then opt for full-spectrum lighting instead of fluorescent bulbs as it is a more balanced form of lighting that is closer to natural sunlight.
The Right Equipment
If you plan to spend a lot of time in your office, then it pays to invest in a high quality, ergonomic chair that will improve posture and avoid any muscle strain. Your computer should be set to a high resolution to avoid the need for squinting and your desk space should be tidy and free from clutter. Studies show that a cluttered workspace can result in a cluttered mind.
Green plants won’t just brighten up your office, they may also enhance your creativity. Plants are known to be natural air purifiers as they are able to increase the amount of oxygen in a small space, while simultaneously absorbing toxins. This can help improve mood, alertness and cognitive function.
Please share your thoughts and comments
Which one of these tips are inspiring you to create your ideal, productive space? Do you have any ideas to add to create the ideal home office? Please share your wisdom with us in the comment box below!
Special thanks for the contribution from freelance writer Jess Walter. Contact Jess at: firstname.lastname@example.org.