Working from home is here to stay. Whether you love it or hate it, chances are you will be given the option to embrace this new way of working more often than ever before. If you expect to continue doing your work from home, it’s time to create a proper home office.
Working from your bed may be a very comfortable solution, but you’ll soon start to find it rather frustrating. Your mind needs to be able to associate certain areas with relaxation and others with productivity. Something as simple as a designated desk area can be all you need.
Really invest in a desk. Ideally, you want to get a standing desk, as it will provide the option of not sitting around all day. If you opt for a regular desk, make sure the height is perfectly aligned with your chair and that you feel comfortable while typing.
When choosing the location of your home office, make sure you find an area that gets as much natural light as possible. If possible, have your desk face a window. If you can’t secure window access or prefer to work in the evenings, invest in a couple of lamps. You need a bright overhead lamp that will ensure you don’t have to squint and a desk lamp as well.
Do your best to keep your working space tidy and clean up after yourself every day. This means not only dealing with any empty mugs and plates but also filing any papers and moving your pens, chargers, earbuds, hand creams, and the like.
Remove those pesky work from home distractions. For example, if you can see the TV from where you’re sitting, make sure it’s off and place the remote as far away from yourself as possible. The same goes for any books, the fridge, your phone, the dishes, and everything else that can distract you. Organize your breaks so that you can spend time with some of these distractions, but when it’s work time, stay clear.
Creating a space that is healthy to work from doesn’t have to be time- or energy-consuming. Aim for that balance of productive and pleasant, and you won’t go far wrong.
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