We don’t all have a handy spare room to turn into a great home office. But with the help of these 9 simple tips, you can turn any nook or cranny into the ultimate workspace.

In an ideal world, we’d all have a spare room to turn into a sleek home office. In reality, many of us simply don’t have that much space. Here are a few ways to make the most of whatever you’ve got and inject a little love into your work.

1. make space

Taking over a spare room is plan A. Otherwise, get creative. Seek out a quiet corner in a hallway, living room, bedroom — some out-of-the-box thinkers will even make space in a bathroom — and make it your own.

2. declutter

If your only option is the kitchen or dining room table, declutter before starting work. A good trick is to simply dump everything in a big basket and move it out the way. Your concentration will soar, and you can use the same basket to store your work stuff at the end of the day.

3. follow a schedule

Decide on your working hours and stick to them. Ask family members, roommates, kids and pets not to disturb you during that time. Don’t forget to include a meal break and a quick walk for a lunchtime mood boost.

4. try the pomodoro technique

This simple time management tool involves setting a timer for 25 minutes and focussing on one task during that time. No email, no phone calls, no disappearing down the black hole of the internet! When the timer goes off, take a five-minute break, then start again. At the end of two hours, take a longer break, then continue. You’ll be amazed at how much you get done.

5. get a good chair

It’s estimated that office workers spend 65% to 75% of their time sitting, which soon takes its toll on your back. If you invest in one thing, make it a decent ergonomic chair for all those hours spent at your desk.

6. consider a standing desk

Alternatively, a sit-stand desk could be the answer, at least when it comes to alleviating aches and pains. Research shows it might make you happier, and a better decision-maker to boot.

7. upgrade your tech tools

Virtual reality meeting platforms, AI personal assistants and remote training programs will join online meeting platforms, project management software and cloud storage services as the tech tools of the future. Meanwhile, the roll out of speedy 5G connectivity will make working from anywhere a real possibility. Be ready for it.

8. embrace natural light

Ambient or fluorescent lighting can lead to fatigue and sleepiness, so aim for something as close to natural daylight as possible. You’ll also up your concentration levels if you open a window half an hour before starting work to let a rush of oxygen into the room.

9. energize your mind

Some people swear by a scented candle — something herbal, woody, or citrusy — to boost productivity. Others say fresh flowers or a small plant on your desk will lower stress and increase creativity. Small details can make a big difference, and it’s often the little things that will have you smiling long into the work week.

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