How to create the perfect homeworking space
- Published on Friday, 21 August 2020 11:35
- Last Updated on 25 August 2020
- Monica Costa
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If you want to get the most out of working from home, you need a proper workspace. Sitting on the sofa in front of the television really won’t let you be as productive as you need to be, so here are some tips for making yourself a designated home office that works as hard as you do.
INVEST IN THE RIGHT FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT
The right equipment makes all the difference when working from home but there are a few specific items that can make or break your productivity, the following included:
Supporting your back and giving ergonomic stability is essential during long working days, which is why commercial spaces usually have proper chairs at your disposal. When setting up a home office, you need to follow suit. First of all, you’ll need to pick a chair that supports your back – Spine Health has plenty of good advice on how to pick the right one. Then see what’s online – brands such as vidaXL will help you narrow down your choice.
Whether you need something with integrated drawers, a height-adjustable model or even a standing desk, don’t rush this purchase. The right desk can help you tap into new levels of productivity while also increasing your comfort and creating a stylish centrepiece for your whole office – Curated Interior has profiled the 10 most common styles.
If you are new to working from home, you might have been supplied with relevant technology by your employer, but if not, try to keep personal and professional computers separate. It just helps with lessening distractions such as family video calls and emails and will help to keep memory free for important business tasks.
MAKE IT ATTRACTIVE
You know what they say about all work and no play, which is why a little personality never goes amiss in a home office. You want to feel happy and at peace in there, especially during long hours, so think about these elements:
Not just good looking but also great for your health, certain plants brighten up an office and purify the air as they go. Choose low-maintenance blooms that don’t need too much tending.
A little art can transform a dull office into a beautiful productivity haven. Bright art has been shown to improve your mood as well, which will help during tense Zoom meetings.
Don’t forget that a home office is exactly that – part of your house. It would be strange to suddenly change your design tack completely, so decorate in line with the rest of your home and just add in some professional furniture. The separation of private and professional can be as simple as closing the door at the end of the working day, so don’t overcompensate.
THINK ABOUT THE LIGHTING
Good lighting is critical, especially if you want to stay focused and healthy as you work. Three lighting situations to consider are:
Try to place your desk close to a window, to take advantage of natural light. It is the healthiest option and helps to balance your serotonin levels, too, which are vital for staying calm and well.
As the nights draw in, you’ll want to include lighting on your desk, so try something posable that allows you to direct the beam where you need it the most and consider using daylight imitation bulbs. They can keep your mood elevated and stop mid-afternoon slumps.
Computer-screen brightness can have a negative impact on your eyes, which is why so many offices offer screen guards that filter the glare. Ask your employer if they can provide one, but if not, it’s an investment well worth making yourself, for your own health.
By following these tips, you will be able to create a perfect, functional and most importantly, comfortable home office that you enjoy working in every day.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums