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Start The New Year With A New Home Office
Picture the scene. It is 7am on the first Monday morning of 2018. You have awoken bleary-eyed and stiff-necked, lumbered downstairs, forced yourself to down half a glass of coffee, and now you are facing the dreaded commute once again. You get up, grab your half-finished coffee, and walk next door where your brand-new home office awaits you. Job done.
If this sounds appealing to you, make 2018 the year you create your perfect home office. With the average commute in the UK getting longer and longer, there has never been a better time to work from the comfort of your own home. If your boss is unconvinced, try showing them the statistics. Commuters in London now spend an average of 81 minutes getting to work, meaning they are spending an average of 38 working days a year travelling - and arriving stressed to boot. Just think how much more productive you could be if you could reclaim some or even all of this time. With the rise of cloud-based storage, web-based applications and faster, cheaper internet, smart companies the world over are already experimenting with letting their employees work wherever suits them best.
If you want to work from home, you need a proper home office. A dining table is not an office, and neither is a bedroom or a lounge. It is hard to work when all of your papers have to be scooped up at the end of the day into a big pile so that your desk can revert to a dining table. Laptops, regardless of the name, are not comfortable when used on the lap for any great length of time. There is even research suggesting prolonged use lowers men's fertility.
What you need is a proper home office, whether a converted bedroom or even a shed in the back garden. If you happen to be writing a novel that you fancy finishing in your spare time, you can take heart from the fact that all the best writers work in sheds.
One of the best things about having your own home office is the ability to decorate and kit it out according to your own likes and needs. Goodbye grey dull cubical, hello designer desk! Do you want to go for something modern and trendy, or traditional and regal? Perhaps you want to kit it out like the set of Mad Men and channel your inner Don Draper? Whether you like rich oaks, light and airy pine or a modern urban metal finish, you can find the perfect place to do your work. Add matching storage units and funky lighting, and the end result will be a room that inspires you and you can’t wait to spend time in, even when you are not at work. This is a much better prospect than another long commute.