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Your Perfect Home Workspace Is Just Seconds Away With This One Remarkably Powerful Tip

According to a 2017 Gallup survey, 45% of employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely — more than ever before.

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BY Peter Economy - 16 Nov 2017

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If you find it becoming more and more necessary that you take your work home with you, know that you're not alone.

According to a 2017 Gallup survey of more than 15,000 adults, 45% of employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely, a 4% point increase since 2012. Those who work from home were also known to put in longer hours and be more productive.

As working remotely is on the rise, and as you spend more and more hours out of your official office, you will want to consider refining and modifying your home space for maximum efficiency. The design of your workspace can affect how well you tackle your tasks, so don't be afraid to invest time and energy into your home office.

When it comes to your home workspace, remember: let there be layered light.

Because the average American worker spends at least seven hours a day in front of a computer screen, we are no strangers to sleepiness, fatigue, and eyestrain. Monitor glare can be more detrimental to your health, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration even suggests workers direct light away from their line of sight for optimal work efficiency and health. But if you pay attention to your light sources at home, you will find yourself creating a more harmonious and effective home workspace.

One Chicago-based interior designer, Carole Post, approaches lighting in a particularly streamlined manner. Post reminds us that lighting should be "layered to enhance the various roles of the room," and when she looks at a room, she considers "the natural light conditions and choose[s] a combination of ambient, task, and accent fixtures."

Because an improperly lit office can lead to eye fatigue, she recommends that you "be sure to layer in corrective light, such as [putting] a task light behind the computer screen." This means having at least one ambient light source to provide overall illumination, task lighting for special uses and roles (like a desk lamp for reading and writing), and ambient lighting for decoration. You will want your fixtures and light sources to enhance your workflow, not distract.

Your commercial office space likely has a consistent, single-level light source that ignores atmosphere, ambiance, design workflow, and even your personality. At home, you have all the energy and power to be bold! So open your blinds, flip the switch, and make sure your workspace stays lit. Your to-do list will surely thank you.

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