Create the Perfect Work-From-Home Environment
While telecommuting used to be somewhat of a rarity, it is now a regular part of working life for many people.
Working from home has a lot of upsides – a better work-life balance, no commute, and the ability to design an office you love.
Working remotely is an awesome perk, but have you inadvertently created a workspace as drab as a cubicle? It varies a lot based on personal preferences, comfort, proclivity for social interactions, and other aspects related to a company’s policy and its workflow.
At PropertyFox, we have gathered some tips on how you could create the best work-from-home environment for yourself.
Find or Build a Comfy Working Corner
While allocating a designated room for your business needs is ideal, it’s often not possible for most families. A viable alternative is identifying a comfortable place that allows you to spend a full day of productive work with minimum distractions and impact on your health (such as posture or eye strain due to poor lighting).
A traditional desk may be a safe bet although studies have reported alternative options such as bean bags, couches, sofas or other comfortable areas that let remote workers focus on their work while reducing stress.
Embrace Natural Light
When putting a new desk into a home office, many people put it right up against the wall in the darkest corner of the room. What they’ve inadvertently done is recreate the corporate cubicle.
Move your desk close to the window and place it parallel to the panes. This ideal set-up gives you the benefits of natural light, and a good reason to look away from your computer every few minutes to take in the scenery.
Determine a Productive View
As mentioned above, with good light comes a good view. Varying assignments may call for change of scenery.
While allocating a designated room for your business needs is ideal, it’s often not possible for most families.
An outdoor view can be comforting and entertaining, especially during brainstorming sessions and creative activities.
A desk facing a wall may limit your distractions and help with focusing on mundane tasks or high-pressure activities requiring a minimum level of distractions. Find which view works best for your productivity and go with it.
Hide Things You Don’t Want To See
Working from home requires minimising anything that might hinder your productivity. It is advisable to hide things that you don’t want to look at like power cords for example.
Run a power strip behind your desk and plug everything into that.
For many, a productive working day includes a fast and reliable internet connection.
Most office environments are well equipped in the event of power or internet outages (UPS networks, back-up internet providers and so forth). Ensuring good connectivity and bandwidth is important for most online workers.
This could be implemented through a combination of a back-up Wi-Fi provider, a mobile plan with extra data, or a mobile router which could be used outside of your house or at a coffee shop.
Give the above tips a try to ensure a productive day at home. If not, a coffee shop around the corner will also do.