The advent of the coronavirus pandemic has altered our lives in ways that were previously unimaginable, not least our working lives. If, like so many of us, you happen to be working from home these days, you might be asking yourself how you can create a dedicated home working space that works for you. Here are a few things for you to consider:
1. Choose Your Space
When it comes to a choosing a location or space for working from home, try to choose somewhere that’s as far away from your main living space as possible. This will allow you to avoid distraction from other goings-on in your home. You’ll also need to consider the distance between your WiFi router and where you’ll be sitting – it might be worth investing in a WiFi extender if needed.
Also consider setting up your home working space near a window that allows you to see out. If said window overlooks some greenery or has a nice view, all the better. Allowing yourself to see out as you work will have a soothing effect on you.
2. Pick Your Furniture
At the most basic level, you’ll need a good desk and a comfortable chair for working from home. Try going for a desk that’s height-adjustable to prevent sitting hunched over, and which allows you to work standing up if you feel the need to.
An ergonomic swivel chair will save you plenty of discomfort and backache – consider just how much time you’ll actually spend sitting in it throughout the day. When it comes to these two essential pieces of furniture, it’s better to spend a little more money – it will do wonders for your productivity.
The key here is to have a working from home space that’s exposed to as much natural light as possible. This is because working in natural light will be great for your eyesight, as well as have a positive effect on your mood and productivity.
When it comes to the electric lighting you use, consider buying an articulated desk lamp for focusing your attention on particular tasks. Also think about where shadows from your lighting are going to fall as you work, as well as whether your computer monitor will be exposed to glare from a light source.
Working under the direct glare of overhead lighting is a no-no – try using lampshades for your light sources, as well as upwards-shining floor lamps to bounce light off of walls and ceilings. You should aim to illuminate your entire space without creating a glare or casting shadows.
If you’re working at home, you’re bound to have important documents and other items that you’ll need to store. Go with a set of labeled shelves, or get yourself a nice set drawers and/or a little filing cabinet. Unless your job requires specialised storage, having these items will help you keep organised.
5. Add a Personal Touch
Some ideas for adding a personal touch to your home working space include adding a photo frame or two with photos of your favourite memories, a home-made desk decoration made by your kids (if you happen to have any), placing your favourite motivational quote on the wall, or even incorporating your favourite colours into the space by adding soft furnishings, stationery, coasters and wall prints.
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