I started a home-office makeover project almost a year ago, with the goal of increased productivity. It took me awhile (I’m slow, what can I say!), but I finally have my home office set up just the way I want it… for now at least
The makeover included a new desk, a new office chair, dual monitors, whiteboards, wallpaper and more. I’ll walk you through the transition with before & after pictures, but you’ll have to excuse the fact that I’m in a couple of them in my usual work attire…
That has to be the worst picture of me lol – but there you go. This is actually a big U-shaped desk with lots of cabinets and drawers. Great places to put things… never to be seen again. My whiteboard is off to the left (out of sight, out of mind!) and at that time I was using both a desktop and a laptop side by side.
I switched to a smaller desk with no drawers, and no place to hide things. I also went to dual 19″ widescreen monitors – so now I can copy & paste and drag & drop between screens. The chair is a swivel recliner with matching ottoman – super comfortable
My whiteboard, corkboard and calendar are all front and center, out of the way but in plain sight, which works very well for me.
Somewhere in between:
The wallpaper made a huge difference in this room. Its a faux finish from WallpaperTrends.com. The desk came from BizChair.com. The dual monitors from Staples.com. The new computer from Dell.com.
I only actually had to get up from my desk to sign for the deliveries, and to swap out chairs
I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture above, but I currently have two computers hooked up at once – one on each monitor. I am in the process of backing up one, and setting up the other. So that’s 2 keyboards and 2 mice at the desk at the moment (and yes, it gets confusing – I’ll be glad to get the switchover finished!)…
I’m still getting used to the new Dell. It came with Google Desktop, which I hadnt used before. I rather like having the time and weather and such there, so I decided to leave it. It seems to have figured me out overnight thought. When I set it up it had world news with headlines about war and stock and such. I woke up the next morning and it had SlashDot: News for Nerds
I’m still settling in, and I’m sure I’ll have more pictures to share once I get it completely finished. But I’m pleased with the progress so far!