There's no two ways about it - working from home is in - and it's here to stay!
In fact, it's anticipated that by 2020, 50 per cent of the UK workforce will be working remotely, with nearly 1.5 million employees ditching the office for the dining table.
However, the only downside comes from the potential for distraction, and with it, a decline in productivity. Bearing this in mind, try following these four tips from Harveys Furniture to give you the perfect setting to work in...
1. Feng Shui
The art of placement, Feng Shui teaches us how to go about positioning objects in the space we have around us, in the process balancing energy and giving us harmony. It's capable of having a huge impact on the aesthetics of our interior design, and will subsequently have a huge role in creating a productive work space.
Following the art of Feng Shui will mean you need to separate your working and living spaces, giving you a positive 'work and home life' balance.
Feng Shui expert Priya Sher explains how you can position your furniture to give you a more productive work space: "Avoid the sofa, as this provides a space that can energetically separate your living and working life. Position your desk so that the back of your chair has the support of a solid wall."
"It’s also a good idea to avoid sitting with your back to the window or open shelves. According to Feng Shui, open shelves act as arrows in your back and a window in your back can make you feel unsupported."
"Avoid placing work files and paperwork on the floor as it signifies a deterioration of your business/career."
"Also, avoid working from the bedroom. If you have a choice of rooms, the East and South- East rooms are great for working".
Regardless of whether you're working in or outdoors, having certain colours on your wall can only help to boost productivity. There are four primary psychological colours - these are red, blue, yellow and green.
Colour Psychologist Angela Wright explains: "If you’re in a physically demanding job, red is a great productivity booster. Workers that require a lot of physical exertion such as tradespeople, personal trainers, and tree surgeons may respond well to red."
"Use blue for a productivity boost in if you’re an office worker, it’s brilliant for completing administrative tasks or projects that require maximum focus. Add a splash of orange if you need extra inspiration."
"For innovators and entrepreneurs, yellow will help if you have a little brain fatigue. It’s great for a productivity boost and will get your juices flowing."
"Finally, if you thrive in a calm environment, green is the colour for you. It’s great for people who practice yoga or meditation."
3. Music improves the mood
If you like to listen to music whilst working, it's good news for you - it could make you more productive.
There's actually a connection between listening to music you like and having an improved mood. Teresa Lesiuk, Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Miami, explains that research has revealed that listening to music will often produce 'mild, positive moods', while being in that frame of mind can ultimately be helpful when you're trying to get work done.
It goes further than that too - it's not only classical music that stimulates productivity. The only thing you need to avoid is opting for something that's too heavy.
Personal choice will be important, particularly for those who are moderately skilled. When it comes to those who enjoy listening to music, they will often complete their tasks more quickly because music improves their mood.
Particularly effective songs are those that feature the sounds of nature - this can enhance cognitive functioning, and with it, levels of concentration.
If you need a more upbeat tempo, an option could be to try listening to music that will match your needs - for instance, baroque will be a good choice, especially if you need to get a lot of work done.
4. Stay cool
Getting the temperature right in an office will be a struggle you probably won't miss once you work from home - it's essentially impossible to keep everyone happy.
By working from home, it means you have one less thing to worry about, as you can have the temperature that suits you. It's previously been found that the perfect temperature for maximising productivity should be somewhere between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius.
However, with our bodies all being different, making sure you keep the room at a temperature that you're comfortable at will do the trick.