Working from home has many advantages, and although many people think that working from home means working from the sofa, or even the bed, the truth is that you are more productive when you work in a suitable workspace. You know, one with a desk and a chair. So we have some tips that will help you build a home office you love. This will contribute to the success of your work from home.
Find the best location.
If you don’t have an empty room to build your home office, you should think creatively about where to locate it. Take a look at unused corners in rooms with more space, large (but empty) closets, or even under the stairs. There are many spaces at home that can be transformed into an office with a little creativity.
When you are placing your office in the corner of a room, it can be difficult to separate work from home. Consider adding a privacy divider, or you could hang a curtain from the ceiling or from a bar. Curtains are a lightweight and generally inexpensive method of “closing the door” to your office.
Invest in yourself, prioritize comfort.
Investing in your home office is investing in you. The goal is to create a professional environment where you will be productive and also comfortable. You will be working 40 hours a week at home, so be sure to consider the quality of the furniture you are going to invest in. It can be tempting to grab a dining room chair when you work from home. But sitting at a desk for long hours without adequate back support is a quick way to develop posture problems. Ergonomic office chairs offer the right support when you are sitting for long hours. On the other hand, consider getting a standing desk instead of a traditional fixed desk. With an ergonomic, height-adjustable desk, you can sit when you want and stretch your legs when you need it with the press of a button. You can also invest in a cable organizer for your chargers, routers, and more, for greater organization.
Take care of your neck and eyes.
Make sure you have the monitor in the “perfect” spot. That place is different for each person, so you will have to experiment with the location. The spine must always remain in a neutral position; the top of the screen should be at or slightly below eye level; the monitor should be at least 20 inches from your eyes, further away if you have a large monitor. Also, your eyes should look slightly down when you look at the center of the screen to help keep your neck in proper alignment. Tilt the monitor back 10 to 20 degrees to make sure you’re looking at the screen at an angle. Most monitors are adjustable. But sometimes that’s not enough, so you may need to invest in a screen riser to get the right fit; some books or an old box may also do the work.
Lastly, we recommend you think of storage items for your files, documents, stationery, pens, and more. Sometimes there are confidential documents that you can’t leave on display, even if it’s your home, so consider investing in a lockable filing cabinet. It will also be important to consider the lighting in your office space, as poor lighting can cause eyestrain, leading to headaches and less productivity. Natural light or indirect light may be your best lighting choice. Indirect lights have lampshades or diffusers that soften the light, create less glare, and make it easier on the eyes.
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