How to Create the Perfect Home Office

A research from a recent Harvard Business Review article suggests that people who work their same office schedule from home get more done per day. The employees’ explanation? The quiet environment helped their productivity. Whether you are using your home office for running your own business or just as a place for paying bills, you want to make sure it’s a productive space that you feel comfortable in.

But what does a home office really need? Here are 6 essentials to get the perfect home office:

Pick a Good Location

You will be spending lots of time in your home office, so make sure that you don’t limit yourself to a space that is small, dark and devoid of natural light. Make sure that your home office isn’t in a high-traffic area where you will find yourself distracted. Depending on how you work best, you may need a room that is completely silent, or you may want a room that has some background sound.

Make the Space Functional

Your shelves, desk and storage should be easily accessible but not overwhelming. Consider your workflow and what items you need handy at your desk before investing in specific furniture for your home office. Your home office furniture should complement the rest of your home’s décor. Make the space your own by adding personal touches.

Invest in a Comfortable Chair

You will spend countless hours at your desk, so make sure that you treat yourself to a comfortable and ergonomically correct office chair. Every penny you spend on a chair that keeps you comfortable while working will be worth it. The last thing you want is to develop back problems because you chose a chair that has poor back support.

Give Yourself Access to Light

Make sure that your home office has plenty of natural light, which will allow you to cut down on eyestrain and headaches. Position your computer monitor so that there is no glare from any windows or overhead lighting. Place a small lamp on your desk to give yourself extra light.

Choose a View

Place your desk in a space with a view of more than just a blank white wall. You’ll want something to fix your eyes on while you’re taking a break from work. It would be ideal if your desk could face a window, but if you can’t find an efficient way to position your desk near a window, make sure to decorate with a pleasant painting or other items you would enjoy seeing above your desk. An inspiring quote is another great option.

Manage Your Technology

Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to glamorize your computer, printer and speakers, but you can hide the cords. Make sure your equipment is close to outlets for easy access. Encase the cords on your desk in a nice fabric cord cover, and feed the cords into a desk grommet. Then tame the jungle of cords on the floor with tubing or a wire organizer that is attached to your desk and lifts the cords off the floor.

Keep these tips in mind when designing your home office. Doing so will ensure that you are left with a space that you will enjoy working from.

Source: Walmer Enterprises, Inc.

Top 5 Spring Break Ideas for Families Around Phoenix

Lounging by the pool, exploring the city and just spending time with family. For many, this is the ideal spring break. However, it’s hard to know the best way to spend your short amount of time and get the best bang for your buck. Spending spring break in Phoenix means having near-perfect weather while also having access to water activities, sports and so much more. Whether you’re planning on going big this spring break or keeping it low-key, we’ve got the rundown on the best things to do for families around Phoenix. Here’s our list of the top 5 spring break ideas to do in Phoenix that are sure to bring smiles to every member of the family:

Stay at a resort that has something for everyone

One of the best ways to be sure everyone has a good time is finding a resort that has a little bit of everything. The Arizona Grand Resort & Spa is just one of the options that will make this spring break the best one. First, let’s start with the fact that this resort is near family-friendly Phoenix attractions and entertainment including the South Mountain Preserve, Phoenix Zoo and dozens of restaurants. However, for those who want an all-inclusive experience, this resort also has an 18-hole golf course, luxury spa and a seven-acre waterpark. Get a private cabana and enjoy the endless amenities while the kids play in the wave pool. The resort also has six dining options if you want to stay close to your room.

Spend a day at the lake

Many are surprised that Phoenix is surrounded by beautiful lakes perfect for cooling off and water sports. One of the most popular is Saguaro Lake, about 45-minutes from Phoenix in Tonto National Forest. This lake is popular for not only its views, but the activities that come with it. At Saguaro Lake you can rent a boat, kayak or even go Salt River tubing through the desert landscape. Bring a waterproof camera, as you may spot some of the area’s famous wild courses that hang around the river. While in the mountains, take a cruise on the Desert Belle and see what the area’s really about. Some cruises even include live music or wine, how can you beat that?Finish off the day watching the sunset in the Usery Mountain Regional Park on one of the many trails with stunning views of the desert.

Have a wild time at Wildlife World

Going to the zoo may sound the obvious choice, however, the Wildlife World Aquarium & Safari Park is something your family shouldn’t miss. With a giraffe feeding station, loray parrot feeding and more wildlife encounters, photos from this spring break will be epic. Be sure to hop on the skyride for a birds-eye view of the park. Other rides include an Australian boat ride, family-friendly roller coaster and zip line. After your safari adventure, try the delicious Dillon’s world-famous K.C.-style BBQ with a stunning view of the aquarium while dining.

Make it to a game or two

Phoenix is a destination for sporting events that bring millions of fans to the desert escape. One of the most popular sporting events each year is Cactus League Spring Training, where MLB teams around the country come to practice for the season. Whether you’re a fan of the Diamondbacks hometeam, Chicago Cubs or another baseball team, you can see them right here in the Valley of the Sun. Stadiums are located in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Tempe with games available nearly everyday into March. Be sure to get your tickets early and check the site for special promotions.

Don’t forget desert

If you’re thinking of day trips outside of Phoenix, Sedona is a must-see with things to do for the whole family. While on the way to the red rock town, make a stop at Rock Springs Cafe in Black City Canyon, about an hour drive north of Phoenix. With the best pie in the state and local shopping, this is the perfect stop on the way out of the city. Once in Sedona, the family will love hiking the famous Cathedral Rock trail. You’ll also want to check out the Pink Jeep Tours, which give a variety tours around the rugged yet peaceful land. One of the most popular Pink Jeep Tours will even take guests to ancient ruins, giving a bit of a history lesson on your spring break adventure. Then, treat yourself again to prickly pear ice cream (or dozens of other flavors) at Black Cow Cafe. Or, have dinner at the dozens of restaurants lining the city’s charming streets.

Now that you have the breakdown on what’s hot to do in Phoenix this spring break, get booking. These are activities you don’t want to miss out on. Don’t forget the swimsuit and sunscreen and have a blast!

By: Jeremy Alderman, ZOG Digital