How to Design Your Home Office for Productivity

Practical tips for optimizing your space to work from home

Ian Giles
Ian Giles
May 2, 2017 · 5 min read
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Separate your workspace from your living space

Creating a dedicated workspace helps minimize distractions from family, pets, TV, and all the other goings-on at home that might beg your attention.

Consider ergonomics

Several studies reveal that good posture and ergonomics can result in notable increases in productivity.

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Source: University of Maryland

Let in the light

Allowing as much natural light as possible into your workspace decreases things like eye fatigue and headaches while increasing productivity.

Get some green

Research has shown that exposure to nature and greenery increases worker happiness and productivity while reducing stress. If you have views of trees and shrubs, turn your desk toward the window.

Keep it clean

You already have enough mental clutter, so why put up with physical clutter? Working from home means that your entire home or apartment is a potential for distraction. You might find yourself unable to look away from that pile of dirty dishes you’ve been meaning to wash or all the toys strewn on the floor.

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Ian Giles

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The Crossover Blog

Welcome to the future of work. The Crossover blog is your resource for staying up to date on topics that matter in the modern workplace-like tech skills, remote work, recruiting insights, and more. Learn more about Crossover and browse remote tech jobs at www.crossover.com.

Ian Giles

Written by

Ian Giles

VP of Content @crossover4work responsible for creating and curating epic content that attracts thousands of candidates per week.

The Crossover Blog

Welcome to the future of work. The Crossover blog is your resource for staying up to date on topics that matter in the modern workplace-like tech skills, remote work, recruiting insights, and more. Learn more about Crossover and browse remote tech jobs at www.crossover.com.

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