A home office is the kind of thing that most of us can only dream of. Especially in the crowded metropolitan cities of India, it’s difficult to imagine accommodation with enough space to include a home office. But with WFH becoming our new normal in the past year, many people have been trying to turn that pipedream into a reality.
But is it really possible to DIY a home office for yourself when you’re living in a PG in Kharadi, Pune? You’ve already got a limited space to live in, let alone work.
Well, even in small spaces, having a designated area for work can totally transform your mindset, motivation, and productivity. And that’s why DIY-ing a home office for yourself in your PG is something that’s possible. Let’s take a look at how.
You need a desk
When you’re living in a PG, the tendency is to use your bed for everything, especially since it’s the biggest piece of furniture in your room (and the most comfortable). But if you’re going to have an office set-up that’s actually practical, you need to have a desk.
Your PG probably provides you with a table of some sort, but if not, you should definitely consider investing in one. This desk is going to be your one-stop-shop for all your home office needs.
You need an ergonomic chair
If you’ve been in the work-from-home game for a while, you know the effect it’s been having on your spine. Sitting at your desk for hours is not going to be good for your back, so you should definitely spend some extra cash on an ergonomic chair or in getting support for the chair that your PG provides. Your back will thank you and you’ll find it’s a lot easier to get work done when you’re comfortable.
You need sufficient light
If your home office is in the darkest corner of your PG room, you’re never going to end up using it. Instead, you need to place your set-up in a brightly lit area. Consider positioning your desk in front of your window so that you can get sufficient natural light. Relying on lamps or artificial light is fine too, just make sure you’re taking care of your eyes.
You need to stay organized
The main thing you need to have a successful home office is to keep all your office supplies organized at your desk. That means not just keeping your laptop at your desk, but your chargers as well (preferably plugged in). If you have a WiFi connection, you need to ensure your office set-up is situated in a strong network area. And that you have your pens, planner, sticky notes, as well as any files you need for work at hand.
It’s also a good idea to have a water bottle at your desk so that you can stay hydrated even when you’re really busy. Finally, organizing isn’t just about productivity. You should also feel free to add accessories or decorations that will make your office more personal.
A poster or a favourite quote above your desk, some calming artwork or photographs, or even some plants can lift the atmosphere of your home office and make it feel less clinical.
You need to set boundaries
If you’ve set up your home office in your Stanza Living accommodation, you’re totally sorted in terms of equipment and atmosphere. All that’s left is to get to work. But remember that having a home office can often blur the boundaries between work and your personal life. And when your life is contained in a single room, it’s important to draw the line.
Try to restrict yourself to regular working hours and avoid the temptation to let your work spill over into other parts of your room. You’ll be able to drastically reduce your stress levels if you’re able to create some work-life balance for yourself in your PG.
You’re now moments away from creating a home office for yourself right from your PG. It’s as easy as it sounds, and it can greatly improve your work from home experience. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and create a personalized workspace for yourself.