Set up a Home Office That Works
Today, millions of people are working from home. Whether you’re new to remote working or a telecommuting vet, a home office provides plenty of advantages – like increased freedom, flexibility and, best of all, a mere 30-second commute. Here are some tips to help you set up a home office that contributes to your work-from-home success.
Find the best spot.
A spare bedroom or a flex room like those found in spacious, thoughtfully designed Trendmaker homes could make an ideal workspace. If an extra room is in short supply, think creatively. Convert an unused corner in a larger room or even a nook under the stairs. A little creativity can go a long way for an exceptional “office space.”
If you’re sharing a home, think about who else may need to use the office. Do the kids need a place for video classes or homework? Do you have a partner who also works from home? Check out furniture that allows multiple people to work in the same space.
Make comfort a priority.
We all know sitting for long hours without proper support for your back and poor lighting can be a fast track to health issues.
- Invest in an ergonomic office chair, which offers the correct support when you’re sitting for long periods.
- Set up your home office so that you get as much natural light as possible. It can help you feel good and may even boost your productivity. Bonus – using natural light is better for the environment!
- Add what you love. Include favorite photos, art and plants.
Use the right tools.
You may be working from home on a laptop or smart device. If you have the space and the budget, think about connecting to a larger computer monitor for comfort and efficiency. A larger screen helps you navigate more easily between complex tasks and platforms for videoconferencing, chatting and project management. If you’re feeling particularly bold, consider an ultra-wide, curved monitor. They’re pricier, but give you tons of real estate for multi-tasking and can be adjusted so the top of the screen is at your eye level, the recommended height.
Stand up for your health!
If you spend many hours on a computer or smart device each day, consider investing in a standing desk. Or find a place to perch your laptop comfortably so you can work in a standing position.
Take a break.
Standing up and walking around for even five minutes every hour can boost your mood and help keep you refreshed. There are plenty of apps that encourage activity including Time Out, BreakTime and Pocket Yoga. Or just set a reminder on your phone. Find time to do regular exercise at home, maybe in place of your morning or afternoon commute. Even a seven-minute workout can get your blood pumping.
Follow these simple steps, and you may never want to go back to the office.