If you work from home, it can be hard to draw a line between your work and personal life. Working where you relax—and vice versa—can create murky mental associations with different areas of your home, making it difficult to focus on your work or wind down in the evening. You may even start to feel like you’re working all day and losing the relaxing, work-free sanctuary that your home used to be.
Thankfully, you can make upgrades to keep your home and work separate and regain your sense of work-life balance. Here are some impactful home upgrades to consider if you work remotely.
Create a Space Just for Work
Creating a dedicated home workspace is the best thing you will ever do for your productivity. Having a space where you work—and do nothing else—will help your brain slip into work mode much more easily. A dedicated home office can also reduce household distractions and help you focus. Once you decide on a space for your home office, the first thing you need to buy is a good desk. Allcam offers a variety of sit-stand desks and ergonomic desk accessories that can reduce strain throughout the workday. You’ll also need a good office chair that supports your back properly
Decorate with Natural Greenery
How you choose to decorate your home can change how you feel in the space. To inspire creativity and relieve stress, consider adding some indoor plants to your decor. Studies show that elements of nature can improve your mood and ease stress. Even pictures and paintings of plant life can elicit positive effects in the brain! To get even more from your natural decor, choose houseplants that remove pollutants and purify the air.
Let the Light In
Illuminating your home with natural light can help you stay energized and alert during the workday, so you can work more productively and find more time for personal hobbies. Cherwell Windows explains that exposure to natural sunlight can enhance your immune system, improve your sleep quality, and boost your energy. Getting more sunlight in your home can also make it easier to work long hours when you’d rather be outside.
Declutter Your Home
Decluttering your home will improve both your work life and your relaxation time. Clutter can demand your attention, derail your focus, generate stress, and increase the amount of time you spend cleaning and looking for important things. Start decluttering slowly and tackle small sections of your home at a time. Breaking tasks down into manageable chunks will prevent you from getting overwhelmed and burnt out. As you’re sorting through your things, try to be realistic about what you will use in the future. If you haven’t used something in the last year, there’s a good chance you never will.
Turn Your Bedroom into a Sleep Sanctuary
When you work at home, it can be hard to step away from work and turn your brain off at night. This can lead to sleep issues. If you can’t fall asleep at night, consider making some upgrades to your bedroom. Dengarden suggests creating a calming sleep sanctuary in your bedroom with soft lighting, relaxing colors, comfortable bedding, and a cosy reading nook. You may also want to try white noise and aromatherapy to enhance the peaceful environment in your bedroom.
Working from home comes with a unique set of challenges. Separating your work and home life can be difficult, but not impossible! Invest in a few functional and decorative home upgrades to create an atmosphere that fosters both focused work and deep relaxation.
Are you looking for ergonomic office furniture and accessories? Check out the Allcam store for sit-stand desks and other ergonomic products.