Nowadays, remote work is common. So much so that most people now prioritize jobs with work-from-home opportunities to save time and money and find balance in their personal and professional lives

If you plan to work from home permanently, consider making your condo more conducive to work. It’s essential to know how to improve work-from-home productivity to achieve a better work-life balance, save money, and boost your overall well-being.

Read on for some home office ideas you can follow to create a conducive work environment.

5 Condo Design Ideas to Create a Conducive Work Environment

With the growing popularity of remote work, it’s crucial to have a conducive workspace where you can be productive every day. These condo design ideas can help optimize your space and create a work environment that promotes focus and efficiency.

1. Invest in ergonomic furniture pieces

Working from home means staying in front of the computer for eight or more hours daily, which can affect your physical health in the long run. In fact, at the height of the pandemic, millions of people reported having “overuse injuries,” such as neck pain, back pain, and other musculoskeletal issues, because they worked on sofas, beds, and even kitchen counters.

To avoid these injuries, invest in ergonomic desks, computer chairs, and other furniture pieces to help you concentrate while maintaining your posture and staying comfortable. Ergonomic furniture pieces tend to cost more than regular ones, but your investment goes a long way in preventing posture-related health problems, which could cost you a lot in medical costs.

2. Find a way to infuse pops of color

Colors can significantly affect your mood and productivity. As such, choosing colors that match your preferences and help you focus on your tasks is essential.

For instance, paint a wall light blue or light sage for a more classic and calming vibe. These neutral hues help lessen fatigue from working long hours. You can also use bolder colors, such as turquoise, aqua, and dark green, to sharpen your focus. Lastly, add hints of yellow or purple on your walls, furniture, or other fixtures to stimulate creativity.

Ensure that these pops of color balance each other in your home workspace. Otherwise, you may become more distracted using too many colors at once. Consult an interior designer to know what color palettes work for your workspace and condo.

3. Create opportunities for movement

Moving around while working from home can prevent prolonged sitting and its health risks, such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Use standing desks so you can stand now and then while working. You could pair it with an under-desk treadmill or walking pad to move your legs. Placing printers and other work-related appliances in another area of your workspace is also good for mobility.

You could also bond with your family and pets or have a brisk walk outdoors for at least 10 minutes during your lunch break if you want more movement. Even the smallest amount of physical activity can improve memory, reduce anxiety, and help solve problems faster.

4. Keep your desk tidy

A 2021 study found that clutter causes negative results in job satisfaction and work pleasure, making workers prone to burnout and tension. For this reason, ensure that your workspace, especially your desk, is clean and tidy.

For one, you can digitize your documents to avoid scattering piles of paper across your table or the floor. As for electronics, you could bundle wires and cables using Velcro straps or zip ties so you won’t trip on them or cause short circuits.

Lastly, store essential work items in properly labeled drawers, containers, and cabinets to easily find and organize your things.

5. Get some plants

House plants can vastly enhance the vibe of the home office in your condo. Several studies have shown they help improve focus and memory recall, reduce physiological stress, and boost positive emotions. House plants also increase indoor air humidity and improve indoor air quality, which is essential when working from home most of, if not all, the time.

You can choose from many houseplants, such as a ZZ plant, peace lily, pothos, or Chinese evergreen. They require little maintenance and offer many health benefits.  

Work and Live Smart in Your Condo

Creating a home office in your condo is possible, requiring just a little creativity. Use the ideas above to make your condo more conducive for work, especially if you plan to work from home permanently. 

Federal Land understands that many condo dwellers work from home, so its latest properties keep work and comfortable living in mind.  The Flex Suites of The Grand Midori Ortigas, a Zen-inspired pre-selling condo in Pasig City, get ample natural, ambient light and have built-in glass partitions to help condo owners segment their space. You can turn one of these segmented spaces into your home office, helping you achieve work-life balance even as you work from home. 

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