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If you're one of those people who tend to do some work from home, the first step is to set up your study or 'home office' in such a way that it offers a modicum of privacy and convenience. Here are a few things to consider when setting up your home work area that is comfortable and inspires you to work:
• Keep distractions out - Though the USP of working from home is that you are close to your family members, especially your children, this can be a distraction during work. It is better to have a proper study or separate room for your home office, or divide the existing space with a screen or curtain. Also ensure that your work materials do not spill into your personal space.
• Space matters - Determine the type, size and location of your home work area based on your work or business requirements. For example, a freelance writer only needs a couch or a desk and a computer, whereas a painter needs a storage area for canvases and painting materials, and a work area where he/she will paint. You also need to decide if you will have clients coming in to your home office, in which case a separate entry to the office will ensure the privacy of your family members.
• Healthy zone - Depending on whether your study will just serve as an extension of the actual office in your workplace or is going to be your primary work area, you need to ensure you have a comfortable chair that does not put any strain on your back. The same goes for the placement of your desk. Also ensure that there is enough light and air flow in the office. If your budget permits, paint your workspace in bold and bright colors. Plants will also liven up your workspace.
• Smart solutions - Wall storages are ideal to keep your study clutter-free. Conceal the wires of your computer, printers and other equipment under or behind your desk to give your space a clean look. Place a notice board or a blackboard in your office to help you keep track of your daily and yearly goals.
• Determine your space requirements before setting up your study or work area
• Ensure you keep work and personal space separate by avoiding distractions
• Paint your workstation in bold and bright colors and add plants to liven it up
Source: S. Dhar, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer