Life Improvement - Workspace


With so many of us working from home it’s increasingly important to separate our work and home lives. Find out how to create a calm and focussed environment for that work life balance.

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For many of us, creating a good work-life balance can be a constant challenge. This is reflected not just in our everyday lives, but also in our homes where an increasing number of activities are becoming difficult to manage. The boom in static and mobile technology has contributed to a non-conventional “always on” working schedule, where people have more freedom to work anywhere, even from home. The problem is that for many of us, our work can encroach into areas of the home where it’s not welcome - and at its worst even into the bedroom.

So how do we incorporate our work-life needs into a home that is already busy? How do we create a work space that will reduce stress levels and help to improve our personal life and well-being?

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It’s important to find a suitable space within the home, which is dedicated to just work, as mixing functions can create chaos. Whether it is a garden office, an entire room, or a tucked away niche under the staircase, it needs to offer a good level of space for tech such as laptops, printers etc, and privacy so that you don’t get distracted easily, your work remains confidential and it won’t impact on anyone else around you.

A work space with a door, like a large cupboard, can be ideal because it allows you to shut away the stresses of work at the end of the day, and not be reminded about it during your free time. Always avoid working in your bedroom as this should be a space for you to retreat to and recuperate after a long day. The last thing you want is a view of your paper work nagging at you before bed time!

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A key to a stress-free work space is keeping it clutter-free and well organised - there is nothing worse than computer cables and bits of paper spilling off your desk. Storage and filing boxes can help hide visual clutter and keep everything in order so that you can find what you need easily - helping you to work more efficiently. So invest in office essentials such as a clock, notice board, cable tidies, a good chair, bookcases, filing boxes and cabinets to store all those documents.

Research also suggests that strengthening our connection with nature can have many physical and psychological benefits, which can contribute to a healthier workspace in the home. Incorporating indoor plants, natural textures and patterns, such as wooden floors, can create a richer sensory experience whilst at work, which will help to improve concentration, focus and attention span.

Positioning your desk in front of or near to a window can create a bright, energising yet calming work environment. Natural light is good for improving your sleep/wake balance, quality of focus, as well as boosting your mood whilst working. But when the light dips, make sure you have good desk based task lighting such as an angle poise type lamp. Views out to nature, be it a garden, planters or a water feature can also help create a relaxing work space. These direct and indirect references to nature can improve our cognitive functioning, which is important for our productivity and well-being in the home.

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Create the perfect workspace with our range of home office ideas that will not only improve your working from home routine, but also your life. Whether you need a new filing system, or a more ergonomically designed desk we have something for everyone at Homebase.

Having the correctly designed workspace can make a huge improvement to your productivity levels, meaning you can reduce stress of working to the wire of a deadline and losing important documents. Lighting is also important to a desk, ensuring that you have good enough quality to prevent straining your eyes.

Shop our range of life improvement products for all rooms of your home and discover the difference a change in room colour, getting more quality sleep and having the correct storage to tidy away your belongings can make to both your home and life.