If you’re used to working from an office, working from home may be a challenge, especially if you have kids or a spouse who is also working from home. To set yourself up for success when creating a home office space, follow these helpful tips.
Find a Dedicated Space
Your home workspace should be quiet and secluded. Avoid working from the kitchen table or plopped down on the couch. Find a dedicated room for working, so you’re able to separate work from your personal life at the end of the day.
Look for spaces with easy outlet access and good lighting. If possible, work in a room with a window; it’s amazing what some vitamin D and fresh air can do.
You’re going to be spending a lot of time here, so comfort is important! Make sure you have a comfortable chair with proper back support, and position your computer so that the screen is at eye-level and you aren’t straining your neck. Depending on how you work best, you might also want to invest in a desk that allows you to stand as well as sit.
Get the Right Technology
Are you more productive with multiple monitors? Do you work better with an external keyboard or an additional webcam on top of your monitor? If you foresee working from home longterm, it might be worth it to invest in technology that will help you work better and more efficiently. It might take a few days to identify what you need in terms of technology.
It also might help to use a dedicated phone if possible for work calls. Again, it’s important to separate your personal life from work life.
Add Personal Touches
Adding some pictures of loved ones or small trinkets that motivate you, make you happy, or relieve stress can really help you thrive in your work environment.
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