More and more people are working from home either full time or part of the time. If you want to boost your productivity levels when working from home, it helps to set up an office. Having an area purely dedicated to working will help you [and your family] to separate work from leisure.
The question becomes “how can you set up an effective home office environment?” Here, you’ll discover some of the best ways to set up a work at home office and the key things to consider when planning.
Consider how long you’ll be working from home
The first thing you need to think about is how long you’ll be working from home. If it’s only a very short period of time, it would be pointless investing in an entire home office set up. In this situation, it would be better to invest in just the essentials.
However, if you have the budget it could be worth setting up a permanent home office. That way, you’ll always have somewhere set up to work at home if needed.
Make sure you have the right equipment
You’re going to need some level of equipment to work from home. At the very least, you’re going to need a laptop or desktop computer and a desk. If you aren’t all that comfortable with long-term typing on a laptop, you can consider adding a mouse or a keyboard. You can also even add a larger monitor, depending on the laptop you have. Comfort is key.
(Note: We use flat screen televisions as monitors. Many computers connect the same way as your DVD or cable box. Today’s flat screens offer an affordable way to enjoy a larger monitor or dual monitors at home, on a budget).
If you aren’t setting up a permanent home office, you can use things such as the dining room table or a makeshift bedroom office. Some people are even getting creative and using an ironing board as a stand-up desk option. Whatever works for you is what you need to do.
Other things you’re going to need include a good internet connection and online security. If you are at home and sharing the internet with others in the household, you’ll want to make sure you have enough bandwidth to handle everyone’s needs.
Ensure the space has plenty of natural sunlight
When you’re stuck indoors, you won’t be getting as much natural sunlight as you usually would. This can have an impact on how productive and motivated you are. Numerous studies have revealed the damaging impact limited natural daylight can have on workers in an office setting and the same applies at home.
So, make sure you’re going to be working in a part of the home which benefits from a lot of daylight. If there isn’t a space available, you might want to consider investing in a daylight bulb. These are designed to replicate natural daylight. And, of course you want to take plenty of breaks from working and maybe even step outside a few times a day or take a walk.
Ensure Privacy if needed
Are you going to need to be making phone calls or participating in online conferences? If so, you will want to be sure the space you choose has the privacy needed to make that happen. You obviously don’t want to have your kids blaring Star Wars on the big screen in the same room you are trying to make a sales call. And, you will want to beware of video calls that could have someone walking by or in the background doing something you wouldn’t want the world to see. Zoom Bombs are a real thing people! Obviously, a room with a door would make the best choice but if that’s not an option in your home, make sure to have “boundary” discussions with your family.
Focus on comfort
Your home office should be a comfortable place where you can work. This means, providing plenty of support for your back if you’re working at a desk for example.
If you aren’t comfortable, you’re not going to get much work completed. You’ll also find it beneficial to surround yourself with things that make you happiest, such as photos of the family and plants or flowers. If this is a permanent home office, make the space yours. It will make working much more enjoyable.
These are just some of the basics you should consider when setting up a home office.
Whether you’re setting up a permanent or temporary office space, you need to ensure it has everything you need and it’s quiet and comfortable to work in.
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