Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, more of us than ever before are working from home, and it doesn’t look like that’ll change anytime soon. Even after the pandemic has become a collective memory, it seems likely that people will continue to work from their home (or elsewhere out of the office), in large part because bosses have finally come to realize just how many benefits can come from allowing employees to work remotely.
But of course, there are challenges to working from home. The office is set up to be productive; your home is set up for relaxation and other functions. So a little bit of management is needed. In this blog, we’ll take a look at a few useful tips that’ll help create an office that pushes you to work your best.
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Pick the Right Space
It can be tempting to work from your bed or the couch. Alas, while those sites might feel like they’re big on comfort (though you may cause pain if you’re there all day), they’ll be low on productivity. Plus, it’ll make it harder to relax in those places once you’re done with work for the day. Instead, look at putting together a dedicated room for working. An extra bedroom is a perfect place! If you don’t have a spare room, then pick a quiet corner of an existing space.
Invest in High-Quality Tech
It’s not always fun to go to the office, but you do have to admit at least they have everything you need to work productively. You’ll find that it’s much more enjoyable to work from home if you’re not wrestling with your technology all the time. If you need an upgrade to work well, then ask your company — they may (or perhaps should) contribute towards the purchase. Also, remember that you may need some things that you wouldn’t ordinarily need in the office, such as hardware to participate in video calls. The best headsets will block out external noise and ensure you can hear/be heard clearly.
Finally, if you have temperamental internet, then now’s the time to look at switching suppliers. You can’t work well if you have to reset the router every thirty minutes!
It’s not just tech that helps people work well. The furniture does too. You can’t work well for hours on end if you’re sitting on an uncomfortable chair! It’s worthwhile spending a little more money on your desk and chair combination than you were planning to spend. It really can make a difference.
Finally, remember that not everything has to be a productivity-boosting addition. You can also work on making your home office a more enjoyable space to be, too. Could you add incense, atmospheric lighting, or personal touches that inspire joy? These additions can help to make your home office a more relaxing and enjoyable space, which you’ll find helps you to work in a much more stress-free way. A little bit of stress is good, but it shouldn’t be too pronounced!