A lot has changed in the early months of 2020. Many workers found themselves working from home for the first time. But working from home can be a challenge even under the best of circumstances. If you’re working from home for the first time, the following simple tips can help you create a more productive workspace.
The most important thing to do when creating your home office is to choose a dedicated workspace. Working at the kitchen table won’t allow you to be free from distractions, especially if other people are home. If you have an additional bedroom, den or other unused space, consider dedicating that space to be your home office.
Creative Desk Solutions
Having a “real” desk makes you feel professional. If that’s an option for you, go for it. But if your space doesn’t allow for a large-scale desk, consider other choices. Be creative about the kind of surface that can work as a desk. For example, installing counter space in the corner of a lesser used room can act as a desk. Or make a thrift store purchase or inexpensive furniture hack to create a custom workspace.
When creating a home office, do not cut corners when selecting a desk chair. If you’re working a full work week, a dining chair isn’t going to cut it. You want to select something that is ergonomically designed to help your posture and keep you from experiencing the fatigue of sitting for long periods.
You also need to organize your office space to work for you. Some people will need fewer materials and can manage to keep their entire professional life in a single laptop case. Others will need files, shelves, office machines and more. If open shelves don’t keep the clutter at bay, consider cabinets with doors.
Finally, to work productively, you need to ensure that you have the best lighting for the task at hand. Consider your options for desk lighting as well as overhead lights in the room. If you are re-purposing space, you may not have the desired lighting already in place, but lamps can make the difference.
The bottom line: We’re all trying to wade our way through these uncharted waters. Working from home isn’t always easy, but with a few small changes, employees can be more productive in a more comfortable and relaxed setting.
Posted May 2020 – Copyright 2020
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