Once you’ve gotten yourself settled in your new home and are ready to resume work, it’s time to get your home office set up to make working remotely enjoyable and productive. A great home office can make all the difference in feeling focused and empowered while working remotely, during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
Here are a few considerations to make while preparing your new home office:
1.) Location, location, location
For many people, there won’t always be one designated room in the home for an office space. Instead of working only at your kitchen table, figure out which larger rooms and unused corners could be beneficial for a home office with the least amount of disruption. As a start, make sure your home office location is close to an outlet so you can easily charge your devices when needed, and has a neutral background for video meetings.
2.) Add an extra layer of privacy to your home office space
There are certain projects or meetings in which some added privacy to your work day is needed, so consider purchasing a divider or a curtain to separate your office space from the rest of the home. It can also serve as an official “do not disturb” sign if you share your home with others, so they know when you’re taking a Zoom call or meeting a deadline. This is essential for those who do not have the privacy of a dedicated office room with a door.
3.) Invest in efficient, adjustable office furniture
While it can be tempting to purchase discount furniture for your home office, don’t forget how much time you are likely to spend in the space. For proper back and posture support, look for an adjustable, ergonomic chair with a 360-degree swivel base where your spine can stay in a neutral position.
The same is true for your desk, as you will not be saving money in the long run if you end up needing to replace it in a year or two. A standing desk is another option for those who want to incorporate more movement into their work from home routine.
4.) Set up sufficient lighting
The lighting in your home office can make all the difference, so make sure you take it into consideration while setting up the space. Natural sunlight can improve your body’s vitamin D levels, increase alertness, and keep your mood positive, so seek out a window if possible. When access to a window isn’t available or you want to supplement with additional lighting, consider an adjustable floor lamp to point directly at your desk, or a light therapy lamp for their added mental health benefits.
5.) Bring a touch of personality to your home office, regardless of size
Whether your home office space is a temporary adjustment or a long-term solution, find a way to add a touch of sparkle to the space in a way that resonates with you. This could mean adding an essential oil diffuser to your desk, hanging a pretty decoration above your computer, having an “emotional support plant” close by, or creating a playlist to listen to during office hours. Whatever makes you feel like a happy and well-rounded employee should be considered as part of your home office décor routine.
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