Setting up a home office that will enhance productivity while offering comfort isn't as simple as it sounds. Many home workers juggle and struggle to determine best setup for their needs.
Think Comfort Studies show that efficiency decreases when we are uncomfortable. Lesson to be learned: don't sacrifice comfort for beauty when selecting your furnishings.
Use Mobile Furniture Reduce grunt work. Few of us enjoy an hour spent shoving and pulling a heavy filing cabinet from one side of room to other. Office furniture with wheels or similar mobility aids will make life much simpler. It's easy to set up, easy to rearrange, easy to move for cleaning or to retrieve lost items.
Remember to take accurate wall measurements before you go shopping for office furniture. Take wallboards, heating ducts and other such items into account.
Some manufacturers are making office furniture with adjustable surfaces so you can work either sitting or standing. Before buying, be sure your home office has adequate space for this feature.
Think Convenience How much fun will it be when you have to crawl under a desk on your belly to attach your new printer to back of computer? Computer makers don't make things easy for us, but with a little pre-planning, you can place your computer so you can actually get at those hookups when you need to.
Check Your Wiring Make sure your home's wiring is adequate to accommodate office machinery and various computer hookups. Ensure you that you can use three-pronged plugs to ground your equipment. Check for electrical hazards -- being especially cautious of hazards to children and pets.
Be Mindful of Wall Outlets and Phone Jacks Stringing a long cord across living room and into your home office isn't a look that Martha Stewart would endorse. If your office area doesn't have outlets, you won't regret cash it takes to have them installed.
Communicate Efficiently So, your best client phones with a big order but he can't get through because your kid is on Internet!