7 tips on creating a productive home office space.
Setting up a home office is no easy task. You’d think that with Wi-Fi and a laptop you could work anywhere, but the question is, how can you make sure you get a full day’s work in a new and different environment from what you’re used to? With the latest developments of Covid-19 on the island and many people opting to work from home, we have outlined a few things to take note of when setting up your home office for productivity and professionalism.
1. Identify what you need and choose a dedicated area.
If your work is solitary and requires some privacy, think of converting a space in the spare room, corner of a bedroom, garage or even in the garden should you have a power supply. On the other hand, if you’re a parent and the kids are home you might need to set a space near the kitchen or a corner in the living space might do the trick.
2. Don’t underestimate good lighting.
Find a space that is brimming with natural light – next to a window is a great area. And don’t forget a lamp. Even with the brightest of rooms, you’ll still need additional lighting if you work later in the afternoon / evening.
3. Ergonomics is key.
Set up your screen at eye level. Position your keyboard so that your forearms are parallel to the floor and your elbows are well rested. Adjust your chair so that your spine is straight and relaxed. Invest in a good ergonomic chair! You need to love the chair you’re sitting on, otherwise you’ll never manage to stay focused for long.
4. Pick a great chair.
You may be tempted to match your chair to the rest of the room’s furniture but we can’t stress enough that a fully ergonomic chair is a must for anyone sitting at a desk for any length of time and a key essential for any home office. Make sure it’s supportive and comfortable, allows room for movement and can be adjustable to your height.
5. Touch of Green.
One of the easiest and perhaps fun and exciting ways to improve your wellbeing within your home is to bring the outside in. Plants make people happier; they act as air purifiers and can help to reduce stress and improve attitudes.
6. Say no to clutter.
Filing cabinets may not be the most attractive pieces in a home but you do need a place to keep your office supplies and papers neat and tidy. Otherwise, your work can take over every other corner in your home. Try re-purpose a piece of furniture that is already available, whether it’s a bookcase, wall shelves or magazine racks. Or better yet, save everything on the cloud and go paperless.
7. Track your goals.
Noticeboards can be a great way to visualize your goals and achievements, as well as keep track of deadlines and to-do lists, while wall planners will ensure you never miss an appointment.
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