Juggling a career, family (especially if you have young kids) and taking care of the home can almost be mission impossible for most working mums.
However, many employers offer their workers the possibility to work from home and many careers can be started with a simple computer.
Working from home provides you with flexibility and independence, but it also comes with many distractions and workspace problems.
Since the New Year is getting closer, one of your resolutions could be to start 2018 with a home office that will inspire you to work and create. Here’s how you can design your chic and simple home office perfect for a busy mum.
Start with a perfect spot
If you’re serious about your work, you need an adequate space that will spark your creativity and keep you focused, so don’t cram a desk into a closet and call it an office. Better transform your rarely-used guest room and create a real home office that you can equip with office supplies and decorate it to fit your style. If you like to keep an eye on the situation in the living room and you don’t mind distractions, you can designate a corner in your living space. However, if you’re planning on seeing clients, having a separate space is a much better idea.
Make sure you have ample lighting
Having good lighting is one of the key components of a productive and functional home office. Equip your desk with bright task lighting and position your computer in a way that there is no glare. Also, let in as much natural light as you can, because the sun has a positive effect on your mood, productivity and focus.
Invest in a good desk and chair
Protect your back by choosing a high-quality ergonomic chair and work desk. It might cost you a bit more at the beginning, but your health has no price. How will you play with your kids with a bad back?
Declutter for peace of mind
If you’re starting your office from scratch, you’re in luck because you will have a blank canvas ready to be turned into a masterpiece. However, if you’re already working in your home office, but you just don’t FEEL it, you can try to improve your work area by decluttering it. Pieces of junk, old post-it notes, disorganized mail, piles of unsorted files will not make you productive and focused, that’s for sure.
So, throw away all the things you don’t need and make space for things that you want to keep. Stock up on drawer organizers, boxes, vertical file folders and invest in a good filing cabinet to keep everything at hand but tidy. If your bundles of joy are constantly interrupting your work, at least you can prevent being distracted by your cluttered office.
If you have a bunch of different appointments, phone calls and meetings, it will be hard to keep everything in your head, especially if you also need to take your kid to the dentist and have a scheduled play date that same week. So, getting yourself a neat little planner will make your life much easier. And since 2018 is almost knocking on our door, getting a yearly planner that will keep you organized throughout the next year sounds like a great idea. It can be a great gift for your busy girlfriends, too!
Decorate for extra inspiration
The best way to boost your productivity is to surround yourself with things that inspire you. Decorate your office with pictures of your career idols, things that remind you of your professional goal or simply frame photos of your loved ones to remind you why you’re working hard. Also, consider putting an indoor plant or two in your office to supply you with fresh air, maintain the air quality and serve as a splash of colour. Every successful and chic office today cherishes greenery, and so should you.
If you have an office like this, working from home will be a real treat. You’ll be focused and inspired to work hard and give your best. What’s more, you’ll set a great example for your kids.
About the author:
Chloe Taylor is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. She is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator.