How Do You Stay Organized?
How you organize your stuff and your space has as much to do with your working style as it does the work itself. Some people like to have everything out in the open and at arm’s reach, while others adhere to the “clean desk, clear mind” philosophy. Some keep only digital files and some have floor-to-ceiling filing cabinets. Of course, certain jobs simply require more storage than others.
Where Are the Cables?
Wires, cables and outlets are often critical for getting a job done, particularly for those who work in tech-intensive roles. In some offices (such as in the previously pictured project), wires are artfully concealed with undercounter raceways, or channels. In others, they’re more prominent but kept neat and tidy, as in this office. But keeping them from looking like rats’ nests can be a big challenge.
How’s Your Posture?
Do you sit or stand at your desk? If the former, do you use an adjustable desk chair or just an extra dining room chair? And if you have a laptop, do you have an external monitor, mouse or trackpad, and keyboard?
Ergonomics experts say that if you spend prolonged periods working on your computer, your screen should be at eye level, your elbows should be bent at about 90 degrees and your wrists should be in a neutral position. However you achieve it, proper ergonomics can prevent strain and injury.
What’s Your Light Switch?
The proper lighting arrangement can reduce eye strain and glare in a workspace. It can also impact your mood and productivity. Pros often advise that getting it right involves layering a variety of light sources, both natural and artificial.
What’s Your Vibe?
Does your home office look intentional? Does it reflect your taste? The aesthetics and energy of one’s home office are important too, whether you use your space a few hours a month, work full time from home or fall somewhere in between. Family photos, diplomas, awards, artwork — these personal touches go a long way toward making your work space feel welcoming.