The current coronavirus pandemic has forced a lot of us to stay at home and continue to get our work done while in quarantine. Many homes today have a dedicated home office. If you don’t have a home office, you can set up your workspace in some nook of your home without much traffic, or a corner in your master bedroom. Ideally, this area is free from distractions and there is a door to separate your work life from your personal life.
Whether you have a dedicated home office or you are carving out a small area at home to claim as your working space, here are a few tips to help you make the most of it.
1. Ergonomic Chair
Choosing the right chair is probably the most important factor to set yourself up for success when designing your home office space. We tend to spend long hours hunched over our computers and an ergonomic chair design will help with good posture. Make sure you align your monitor at the right height so you keep your eyes and chin up for proper neck alignment. Taking breaks to stretch your body for a couple of minutes at a time goes a long way, too.
By Laurel Lane
2. Strategic Lighting
Lots of natural light would be ideal. Lighting is very important in this age of business video calls. If possible, place your desk facing the window or next to it, instead of the window behind your back. This will help avoid being just a dark silhouette on video. If natural light is not an option then bring on the lamps. Choose a style of desk lamp that works with the rest of your home decor. For small desks consider a floor lamp strategically placed by your working area. Use lamps as a vessel to express your style and maybe to add some color or personality to your space.
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3. Clutter Control
Keeping your desk organized can relieve stress and improve productivity. Add desk organizational systems, like pen and highlighter holders, paper-clip holders, and paper trays. Use a filing cabinet system. Clutter can show up on your walls, as well. Paint the walls with a color that inspires you and hang pictures that motivate you to get the work done. Whiteboards are another visual solution to improve your workflow.
We are all trying to figure out ways to stay productive and positive during these difficult times. Re-decorating your existing home office, or creating a new home office can be a fun project to do on your own or get the family involved. If you’d like the guidance of a professional e-designer, our business model is set up to work entirely online.
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