Working from home has its advantages and disadvantages. For one, pants are optional. And two, you don’t have to deal with annoying coworkers. But working from home can also mean that you sometimes find that you don’t always have the motivation to get work done—a hazard of not having your boss standing over your shoulder. However, there are ways to find the motivation you need. Overhauling your home office can have a positive effect on your mood, workflow, and overall efficiency.

Ergonomic Overhaul

One of the biggest factors for low productivity is that your body wears out sitting at your desk all day. You will want to make sure that you have a comfortable chair with lots of support. And if you feel as if you’re sitting too much, a stand-up desk can do wonders for making sure that you get up, stretch, and get your energy flow moving.

A Room with A View

Perhaps the best way to update your home work space is to move to a different room in your house or revamp the view in front of you. Your mood and productivity can be greatly affected by the space you work in, so if you’ve stuck yourself in a dark, cave-like room, then you’re at a disadvantage already. If possible, try moving your office to a room that has a nice window. Not only will the natural light have a positive impact on your mind set, but everyone needs a little distraction in the form of nature. If you can’t move your office, think about hanging a nice picture or piece of art in front of your desk and also invest in good lighting.

Complete Makeover

Another way to update your workspace is to give it a complete makeover. A new coat of paint can do wonders. If you want a more soothing vibe, try cool blues, greys, and greens. Or if you need a pop of cheer, go with reds or yellows. Depending on where your home office is, you could also invest in concrete repairs of your floors.

Green Your Space

Just because you have a home office doesn’t mean that you have to make it look like an old, drab 9-5 office. Adding some real plants to your workspace can invigorate you and your senses. Certain plants, such as the spider plant, areca palm, and common ivy, actually act as air purifies.

Working from home has always been your dream, but sometimes it can be a drag. With these helpful hints, you can update your home office and find the motivation you need.

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