Many of us have been forced to work from home this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We’ve transformed our living rooms, kitchens and even our bedrooms into makeshift offices, in order to continue working safely.
Although working from home does offer many benefits, like no long commutes to the office; home isn’t always the most practical workspace.
A makeshift office on your dining room table may work as a temporary measure, but in the long-run these working conditions can have a negative impact on your productivity and wellbeing.
To help you stay productive when working from home, here are some top tips:
Choosing your desk space
Whether you have a computer desk or you are using your dining table, it is important to ensure that you are sitting comfortably. Adjust the height of your screen so that it is at your correct eye level. This will help to avoid eyestrain and posture issues. You will also need a comfortable chair. This is really important because you are going to be spending many hours sitting on it. Don’t just settle for a stool or a dining room chair; invest in a proper office chair which can be adjusted to your needs.
Choosing the right lighting
Think carefully about the lighting in your home office and choose a room that has a good amount of natural daylight. The right lighting allows for better productivity, so try setting up your work space near a window if possible. If you’re working late into the evening you may also need to invest in a suitable desk lamp. This will help to reduce eyestrain and keep you focused when you are putting in those extra hours.
Choosing the right equipment
Have a think about what equipment options will help you to do your work more efficiently. For example multi-functional devices are an excellent idea for home offices because they include the functionality of numerous devices in a single machine. This not only helps to decrease your carbon footprint, but it will also reduce the amount of space required for printing, scanning, and other document management tasks.