For anyone who works in an office of any kind, you’ll know that keeping yourself motivated for hours on end can sometimes feel impossible. This rings especially true for those of us who work from home, where the distractions are plentiful and the boundary between work and home can become seriously blurred. Fortunately, there are plenty of small ways to make your home office work harder.

Decor can play a large part in your productivity. Below, we explore three ways to decorate your home office and help you achieve maximum efficiency.


Use feng shui to your favor

As it turns out, the position of your desk could be just as important as the work you do at it. According to the ancient practices of feng shui, placing your desk facing the door is a power move. The logic of this convention is grounded in logic; having your back to the door means that you can’t immediately see a visitor, which can unknowingly cause tension and anxiety.


Incorporate plenty of storage options

Whether you’re an accountant or an artist, you’re bound to accumulate clutter in your workspace, and clutter can be mentally disruptive. You may not feel like the giant stack of papers on the edge of your desk is impeding your work habits, but on a subconscious level, having clutter that is irrelevant to your present task-at-hand creates a strain on your mind, inadvertently dividing your attention. To combat clutter-related hindrances, ensure your home office has plenty of options for hidden storage.


Never underestimate your light sources

You should have plenty of light in your workspace to avoid eyestrain and keep you alert while you work. Ideally, that light will be natural light. If your office doesn’t have windows, consider lighting fixtures, lighting types, and fixture placement.

  1. Avoid placing lighting directly above or behind a computer screen as this will produce glare.
  2. Opt for white lights instead of lights with a yellowish glow. While yellow lights are good for your bedroom by promoting relaxation, white lights will keep you alert, aiding in your concentration.


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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter: @zakkassam

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