Current situations have left people unprepared for the upcoming months, whether you’ve had to quickly double up your dining room as your office, or switch your lounge to your new boardroom, it has redefined the original perception of a home office and adapting to the new normal has been a major change for a lot of people.
To try and make things a little easier for everyone going through these hard times, we have put together tips on how to make the most of your home office and adjust to working from home.
The Positives Of Working From Home
It’s best to try and look on the bright side of all situations, there are a lot of benefits to working from home. It can provide a better work-life balance, remove the hassle of commuting and potentially (one of the best reasons), provide the ability to personally create your office space. With your own decision on how to put together your workspace, you can make it productively stimulating and pleasant to spend time in.
Find A Practical Solution
Make the most of what you have. Find a space that doesn’t have too many environmental distractions. The best workspaces need to be functional before anything else. It may seem like a nicer idea to work on the sofa, but a dining table or counter can be more useful when it comes to productive working.
Saying that the benefit of working from home is the ability to move where you like. If you have a less busy afternoon then take your laptop with you onto a comfy chair, sofa or outside into the garden to enjoy some fresh air and the sunshine.
Follow Ergonomic Rules
Many studies have been undertaken to make sure that working at your desk all day doesn’t affect your health. These are tested procedures that you should put in place, such as:
Have the top of your computer screen at eye level. This is so when you read down the screen your eyelids will naturally close slightly which will moisten and reduce eye fatigue.
Find a chair that your feet can rest firmly on the floor or something placed on the floor such as a thick catalogue.
Use a chair that supports your posture so you can sit comfortably without hurting your back.
We have worked to put together a range of trusted Office Chairs or ergonomically designed dining chairs that are the ideal alternative at an affordable price. Take inspiration from our Redefined Home Office range if you are currently struggling with your home office seating.
Embrace Natural Light
Try and set up your new workspace where there is a good amount of natural light. As well as providing the benefits of a well-lit workspace it also benefits your mental health making you feel happier and helping you sleep better.
Incorporate Plants To Your Home Office Desk
Indoor greenery can do more than just look stylish. They can make you feel good mentally and physically. Studies have shown that plants in your home can boost morale, productivity, concentration and creativity, along with reducing stress and fatigue, which are all important elements when it comes to creating your home office.
Add Some Home Comforts To Make You Smile
Once you feel your workspace setup is complete, add personal touches from photos of family and friends to your favourite cushions and accessories. Find something that reminds you to smile to make working from home happier. Incorporating cushions, blankets and tactile elements can help your work environment feel warmer and settled.
Adjusting To Working From Home
The transition from working from the office to home can be daunting. From my personal experience I have found trying to get the balance of work and personal time difficult. When I walk out of the office I can switch off from work, but when working from home I have found it difficult to switch off and relax.
Some tips I was given, by a close family member who has worked from home for years, have been really helpful and I wanted to share:
1. Structure Your Day
Start the day or week by understanding what you need to achieve for the working days ahead. This will help you set daily, and weekly tasks. Being organised and understanding what you need to be doing can help you focus and be productive as you know what goals you are working too.
This should help if you find yourself getting easily distracted by what’s going on around you.
2. Create A Good Routine
One thing I have enjoyed about working from home is being able to sleep in due to not having to commute from home to work. However, this can easily slip into late nights and struggling to wake in the morning. Treat your working days like you are still going into the office, get a decent amount of hours sleep, shower and get ready in the morning so you feel prepared for the day. Have an end time to the working day, leaving some time for yourself.
3. Make Your Day More Than Just Work
Working out of the office isn’t just the absence of commuting and a different environment, it can be the lack of social interaction with others when you aren’t working face to face. Make time for socialising in the day with colleagues. Talk about work and check up on one another as times like this can be found to be lonely.
Along with socialising, take breaks in the day for yourself. In the office, you wouldn’t be working the full day so give yourself a break from your desk. A minute outside, stretching or deep breathing will be beneficial and help you be more productive and focused whilst working.
We hope that these insights help with the current need for adjustments to your work and home life. Along with being productive, ensure you are taking care of yourself and those around you.