More of us than ever before aspire to work from home. It might be launching our own business venture or start-up. Or simply performing our current role but in our home setting. Whatever the reason, it’s easy to understand the appeal. You can set your own hours, pursue your own projects, and avoiding the hassle and expense of the daily commute. You may now have had the time to investigate your options, get organized, and create a genuine possibility that you can work from home. But there is one specific area that many overlook time and again: the home office. Creating a space that you associate with work and your profession is an essential part of being productive. We may simply visualize working in the kitchen, lounge, or even our bedroom. But unless we are disciplined and invulnerable to distraction, this can have limited success. More and more people are now looking to one of the most underused areas of the house for inspiration: the garage. If you’re fortunate enough to have a garage or similarly underused room, you can transform it into an effective home office.
Clear Space, Clear Mind
When we’re first attempting to tidy or rearrange a space, we must ensure that we are actually clearing out as we go. Anyone can pile a few items into a corner and claim to have tidied a room. But tidying is really about knowing exactly what we have and why we have it. Set aside time to really sort out what needs to be in the room and doesn’t. There are lots of opportunities to sell and recycle things we don’t need. Recycling items avoids waste. Selling them can provide a small income boost that could be very welcome boost for our new business or venture. There are numerous studies that suggest our working environment has an effect on our mindset and productivity. It follows that for a clear, efficient way of working we should aim to have a clear, efficient, and accessible work space. This would also be our chance to address maintenance. Not only does functioning equipment make things run smoother, it also creates a better environment for work. A garage door repair should be addressed so that the room stays secure, for example. This is especially important if you have important files or a computer that could be stolen.
We should take the same steps in the garage as we would take with any other room to make it liveable. There should be good light and effective ventilation. It can be helpful if there are secure windows that we can open, or at least vents and a fan. Adequate oxygen and sunlight can significantly affect how awake and alert we are.
It is important to create a workspace that is inviting and comfortable, as well as efficient. Just because we may have seen our garage as a dull, functional space before doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Add inspiring art work or photographs. Greenery such as cacti and pot plants can give the room a more fresh and vibrant feel. While keeping things minimal to avoid distraction, we should feel personalize our home office so that it inspires and motivates us on a daily basis.