Ah, working from home. For many, that’s the dream. Or it would just be a lot easier on your home life without having to commute and arrange childcare! But creating a working environment in your home environment can be quite difficult…for many working parents, it’s difficult to separate the two, especially if you have young children at home.
So, it’s important to recognise that a specific space dedicated to your work is probably the best way to go. Here you’ll find a few ideas to help get you started and your productivity through the roof!
Choose your place
Whether you have a shed or a spare room, a cupboard or a corner it’s important to choose somewhere in your home and stick to it. Once you’ve found the ideal place, then make sure that everyone knows it. The last thing you need is your child leaving their toys all over your desk or your partner leaving their pyjamas on the back of your office chair…Office door signs by Smartsign is a suitable place to find some inspiration!
Invest in a good chair
I know what you’re thinking! I’ll be too busy working to even worry about what kind of chair I’m sitting on. But that’s exactly the point. If you’re going to sat in the same position for hours on end, then it really is worth investing in good seating support.
If you want to avoid back pain in your current and your later life, then it is medically, recommended that you find a suitable chair to work in.
Invest in good lighting
We often neglect the lighting. Is your desk lamp too bright or too dim to work under, effectively? Are you getting sufficient natural light, the best kind, from the Sun? To have that, make sure your designated workspace has enough windows or openings to let the sunlight in.
Research has shown that people feel lethargic during winter months due to the lack of exposure to sunlight. The exposure can boost your mood and improve your sleep patterns. In times of unfavourable weather or long working nights, it is essential to get some artificial lighting in your workspace.
Try to get multiple light fixtures, and at least a desk lamp with direct exposure over your desk, which will facilitate the reading, writing or sketching of documents. If you’re working mostly at your computer – ensure that the brightness level of the screen is ideal for you.
Keep your tech up to date and reliable
Remember, working from home no longer means you have an IT team at your disposal like your friends do in their office! So, it’s vital that all your equipment has taken on all the latest updates and has the newest security and anti-virus software installed.
Remember, it pays to be organised and keep things simple and efficient. The more things you have the harder it is to keep control of all of them. So, make sure everything is clean and minimal