When you work from home, you have to make sure that you are motivated at all times. Whether you work remotely for another company or you’re running your own business from home, you have to be a motivated self-starter if you’re going to get anything done. While working from home sounds like a dream to a lot of folks, not everyone will be cut out for it.
One simple way to keep yourself motivated while working from home is to create an inspiring home office. Let’s take a look at five ways to do just that.
Five Ways To Make Your Home Office More Inspiring
1. Spruce Up Your Space
If you have a home office that's seen better days, or is lacking in style and personality, then it's time to spruce up your space. One of the quickest and easiest ways to find home office inspiration is to simply Google "home office inspiration". You'll no doubt find thousands of images of home office decor which you can bookmark for inspo. Take it one step further and create a board on Pinterest. Pin images, ideas and inspiration (like this article--ha!) into a board you can refer to time and time again. Want another idea? Create a wishlist on Amazon, Target and / or Walmart; peruse the site for furniture, accessories, equipment and supplies and save them to your wishlist.
2. Upgrade Your Office Furniture
If your home office has a workstation that is dated, old and damaged and an office chair that's scratched, scruffy and uncomfortable, then it's definitely time for an upgrade: who's going to be inspired working in a spot like that? Check out Comfy Desk Chairs In Stylish Luxury Designs to get ideas on desks, chairs and accessories for your home office. The best part of this site is that they offer item descriptions, rating and prices so you can decide what works best for your office situation.
3. Take It Outside
When I was a kid, one of my favorite memories of school was when we moved our classroom outside on a nice, sunny day. We'd sit on a hill overlooking the school grounds while the teacher taught whatever she taught. I absolutely loved days like that, and now I try and work outside as much as I can. I created a space on my balcony specifically for working outside. A small bistro set doubles as the perfect place for coffee in the morning, fits my laptop, cell phone and note pads perfectly for when I'm working. I decorated my outdoor workspace very zen with a few hanging plants, a small fountain and a Bluetooth speaker.
4. Address The Walls
Whether you’re staying inside or going outside, your office space needs to provide you with motivation. This could be in the form of gorgeous prints from Samuel Burns Landscape Photography to enhance the mood and make you think of vacations and holidays, or it can be inspirational quotes and sayings to get you feeling inspired.
The wall above was created with chalkboard paint and is a great way to jot down notes, take messages and make a quick list, or, design an inspiring mural! You can do the same with your wall, making the painted space as big or as small as you'd like. Alternatively, if you're a renter like me, you can apply a peel and stick chalkboard wall that can be easily removed before you move out.
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5. Upgrade Your Equipment
If you really want to make big changes to your office, maybe it's time to upgrade your equipment. Older computers have slow processors and low quality graphics. In this day and age you'll need newer technology (and faster, reliable internet services) to video chat with colleagues, use peer to peer networks for data sharing and even be able perform simple tasks like cloud computing. Consider a wifi printer that triples as a fax machine and scanner, too.
We hope we've given you a few good ideas on how to create a more inspiring home office. In addition to being inspiring, your office should be productive, too. Check out this infographic from Made on 9 Ways To Create A Productive Home Office: