Working it out
Office tips and tricks that will have you taking care of business
There’s a lot of talk about work/life balance but for people who work from home, the lines can become blurred. Advances in technology have enabled increasing numbers of us to work from home — whether for an employer or for ourselves — so a well-designed home office is key.
Director of Armchair Psychology Amanda Gordon says it can be difficult for people to create a true balance, so that they’re not always tempted to be working or, alternatively that they’re not procrastinating when there’s something that needs their attention.
“If you are a highly disciplined person who can make the distinction between home and work, then working from the comfort of your own home can be quite effective,” she says.
“But without the separation between home and work, you often keep thinking about work when your mind should be elsewhere.”
The key is working out ways to mentally switch between home and work.
“By consciously completing your day’s work and closing the door, you can move to that other space which is home — but it’s harder to do it when it’s just behind the door.”
April 7, 2018
You don’t need to have a built-in unit in a separate office. This desk and storage system from West Elm is a simple but effective workspace.