Written by: The Connor Group
There is no denying that we live in an era dominated by digital technology. From smartphones to wearable devices, everywhere you look, people are connected to their phones, tablets, or favorite device.
Even though technology has its benefits, being constantly connected can mean more responsibilities outside of the office.
As reported by US News, about 18 percent of U.S. workers were on the clock for at least 60 hours in any given workweek. Only 8 percent of full-time workers said they worked less than 40 hours in a given week.
A longer workweek means less time to get things done outside the office, like running errands or cleaning the home. And if you have a position with a company that requires you to be on call at a moment’s notice, or staying late to meet deadlines, you may find yourself with almost no time for other tasks.
Luckily, if you work for a company that allows you to telecommute, you can work from home – even if it’s just for a couple days out of the week.
Fortunately in apartments, there is the opportunity to turn your home into the ideal office space. Long gone are the days where a separate room is needed for a comfortable workspace. If you follow the steps below, your apartment can serve multiple purposes, providing the perfect home/work environment.
If you are trying to conserve space, look for a desk that offers cable management. Not having bulky cords spread throughout the room will save you space and provide a cleaner overall feel. If there is less “busy-ness” taking place with your cords and wires, you will feel more organized and get more work done.
Elevating your computer saves you space, which will give you more room for organization.
Rather than a large computer monitor taking up valuable desk space, you can have a physical inbox for mail and paper, which will also keep you more organized.
Even when it comes to your books and papers, if you think vertically, you can build shelves on your wall to store important items.
L-Shaped or Standing Desk?
Selecting an L-Shaped desk or a desk proportionate to the layout of your room will save you space. Before purchasing a desk, think of the layout of your room so you can conserve the most space.
If you purchase a standing desk, you don’t have to worry about the chair taking up valuable real estate in your apartment. According to Forbes, sitting all day at work is a risk to your overall health. Not only does standing improve your posture and health, it will save you space in your apartment.
Decorations are Key
If you work from home all day or even late into the evening, you need to be comfortable in your work environment. If you love the Dayton Flyers and are an alumnus of the university (or any sports team and university), hang a picture of your alma matter that will bring a smile to your face. Be sure to frame that picture from your favorite vacation or your favorite quote that will bring you positive thoughts.
The Connor Group, which owns and operates luxury apartment communities while specializing in smart growth, contributed content to this article.