Working from home is unfamiliar territory for many of us. Kim Williams, interior creative and human behavioural specialist, reminds us that great design is more than simple aesthetics, it can also improve the way you work.

Beautiful, functional, clean spaces have a profoundly positive impact on our psychological wellbeing. In a time where our mental health may be taking strain Kim’s insights on how you can optimise your space to live, play and work better together is invaluable.

Top 10 Tips for a Productive and Functional Home-Office Space:

Organise your space
No matter the size of your home, how you arrange it will directly impact its functionality. The way you organise your space will also differ depending on what you need that space to be at different times of the day.

Keep your space tidy
Set it out every morning and take it down every evening to solidify the feeling of a beginning and end of your workday.

Reflect on how your space served your work
Evaluate how you experienced a specific space and how you moved around the space depending on the task. Certain spaces can be associated with different mindsets and it is important to adjust what is not working.

Schedule your use of space
Agree on demarcated public and private spaces for your family and set some clear boundaries of who gets which space at what time. By scheduling the space, you are making sure that you are not excluding people from different spaces but rather sharing them.

Allocate time for specific activities
This creates a sense of accountability for you to complete your work in a specific time frame. Psychologically it aids in creating a sense of discipline and routine which is key to productively working from home.

Create a work tray for all your work tools
In a small apartment trays can be used as desks and allow you to easily move around your home for that much-needed change of scenery and they are an easy way to keep your space organized and clean.

Dressing tables can be used as a desk
If you don’t have a dressing table, folding camping tables and patio sets also work well. Just make sure your seating is comfortable and that you are taking care of your body while working.

Create different spaces within your home office
The ability to move to different areas assists in the thought process and allows you to rest when you take your regular breaks.

Make the environment an attractive space to be in
Playing music, putting flowers and natural elements inside or even using different ornaments in your office all help create ambience which helps you to associate the space positively in your mind and in turn increase your productivity.

Light and temperature have a massive impact
It has been proven that if you sit in a small dark area, it brings your body temperature and mood down. Setting up your space where you can look out of a window has a significantly positive impact on your sense of wellbeing.

Energy, flow and function are at the core of excellent interior design
The Lockdown presents us with a fantastic opportunity to embrace the fluidity and flexibility that simple and elegant design can bring to our home spaces.

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