Many have found themselves working from home over the last year, be it consistently or on and off as working guidelines change. Many will have already found suitable solutions to their home working set ups but here are some useful tips for improving this work area or considerations if you are still getting set up.
Get your set up just right
It’s important to get your set up just right to ensure that you are comfortable and productive when working from home. You don’t need to break the bank on expensive desks, chairs or other required equipment however if it looks as though working from home will last for the long run it is definitely worth investing some money to make sure your set up is as good as it can be. Gradually you’ll work out everything you need but your essentials will of course be your desk, chair, computer, notebook, stationary. If you’re utilising a space as a multifunctional area such as working from your kitchen table then be sure to allow yourself additional time in the morning to get set up as apposed to just opening up your laptop so that you feel as though you are set up for your day. In the same boat, be sure to clear away your working space at the end of your working day so you can settle into your evening spare time without the temptation of logging back on to emails.
Remove yourself from distractions
Try and face your desk/workspace away from anything that might distract you from your work such as a tv to avoid any procrastinations temptations. If you don’t have the space or resources to work in an entirely separate room then be smart with the workspace location and relocate either yourself or any such items for the working day. You may need your phone to take work calls but if not then consider leaving this in another room as this will likely be the biggest cause for distraction.
Taking regular breaks will also help with keeping your mind focused. It can be tempting to work throughout the day and eat lunch at your desk but it’s important to give your brain a rest and legs a stretch. Get out for a walk, run or even practise some yoga or mindfulness exercises in your designated lunch break to help keep yourself focused for your afternoon work.