Tips for Setting up a Productive Home Office from Your Apartment

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Tips for Setting up a Productive Home Office from Your Apartment

Nothing can kill your productivity quite as quickly as a poorly designed workspace. You need to have the right space in order to have your creativity flow and to stay productive. When you work from home, and your home happens to be an apartment, the need for an organized workspace becomes even more important. It’s all too easy for the other aspects of home life, like the dishes or the laundry, to take over your attention. Here are some tips to create a productive workspace in a luxury apartment, so you can have a thriving business.

1. Determine What You Need

First, determine what you need to make your workspace effective. For instance, do you need to have a printer, or is a computer all you need? Do you need lighting and a space to do creative work, or will all the work be done online? This will help you set aside a properly sized space. Then, choose the furniture and seating to make it effective.

2. Eliminate Distractions

Find a place in your apartment that will be away from distractions. A more private corner of your apartment home, and a desk that has nothing more than the essentials, is important. Do not set up your workstation in the same place where you sort mail or dump your keys when you get home from running errands. Your workspace needs to be for work alone, or your productivity will tank.

3. Set up Near a Window

Productivity requires the right mental health and working near a window can improve your attitude and outlook. Sunlight contributes to better health and creativity, and reduces eye strain that can happen with too much screen work.

4. Choose Your Chair Carefully

Your chair is an important part of your home office. If you are uncomfortable in your seat, you are going to struggle to focus on your work. Consider an ergonomic chair, and one that is visually appealing as well. If you are a more active person, an exercise ball that engages your muscles while you sit can help alleviate the stress that comes from endless hours of sitting. You may even opt for a standing desk and eliminate the chair altogether.

5. Position the Computer Screen Well

Finally, make sure your computer screen is positioned properly. You should set it so that the top of the screen is at eye level or just below it. Not only does this protect you from neck strain, but it can also reduce eye strain. As you read down the screen, your eyes will close slightly, moistening them.

Productivity doesn’t happen by accident. When you’re setting up a personal workspace, you need to do so in a way that encourages productivity. Soon your modern apartment will be an effective and efficient place to get plenty of work done.

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Samantha Acuna is a writer based in San Francisco, CA. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post,, and Yahoo Small Business.