Optimizing Your Home Office

posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024 in Grow Cedar Valley

sandi's home office

In today’s world of flexible work schedules and remote work, more employees than ever have the opportunity to work from home at least part of the time.  If that happens to be you, here is my story and some tips on how creating the perfect home office can make a world of difference in productivity, creativity and even mental wellbeing.

First things first, find a dedicated space that you can claim as your own. This helps mentally separate work from home life. My (perceived) issue was there wasn’t enough space in my house to have a dedicated office.  So for the last four years I worked in my dining room at a very small desk facing the wall.  And let me tell you it wasn’t very inspiring or a place I actually wanted to be. 

Then during a moment of clarity that hits you after one too many coffees or while you’re zoning out in the shower, I thought “Why am I holding onto a space that isn’t serving my needs?”  My self-limiting brain had to wrap itself around the idea that I don’t HAVE to have a dining room just because one had always been there.  Mind blown!

When I thought about it, I used my formal dining room about three times a year.  So even if I only work from home twice a month that is eight times the amount that I used the dining room.  So once I was able to really grasp the idea of setting up my house in a way that actually works for me, the next step became obvious.  I removed the dining room table, invested a small amount of money for some office furniture, and placed the desk right in the middle of the room so I could also see out into the back yard.  Now I have a spot that I want to work at that is comfortable and inspiring. 

Here are some other tips I’ve learned: invest in a good chair – trust me, your back will thank you. Ergonomics is key, so make sure your desk and monitor are at the right height to prevent strain. Natural light is a bonus, so if you can, set up near a window. Not only does it boost your mood, but it also helps you stay alert.

Personalization is the fun part! Add elements that inspire you and make you happy. This could be plants, artwork, or even a quirky lamp. Keeping your space tidy can work wonders for your focus. Get some stylish storage solutions to keep clutter at bay. Lastly, don’t skimp on tech. A reliable internet connection, a good-quality headset, and any other tools specific to your job can save you a lot of headaches down the line. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a home office that’s both functional and enjoyable. Happy working!

Sandi Sommerfelt

VP Operations