If working from home is your new normal during the coronavirus outbreak, you might be one of many who are struggling to make the area a productive one. If you’ve never worked independently before, organized your own workplace, or you are looking for ways to improve the office area, then this guide can help you in organizing the home office.
Get the Proper Technology
You’ll be increasingly dependent on technology for your job now that you’re at home. To help make things easier for yourself, upgrade your Wi-Fi if you haven’t already done so. A slow connection speed can hamper your productivity and increase stress about upcoming deadlines.
Separate the Home Office
It’s also important to divide the work zone from the personal one when working at home. By physically creating a separate area for the desk, papers, and other work stuff from the rest of the house, you are likely to be in business mode when at the desk.
Also, creating a place specifically for work means that the family is less likely to interrupt you when you’re there. If there is a door to the office, shut it when you don’t want the kids calling for you; let them know that a closed door means “do not disturb.”
If you’re still trying to figure out which room to convert into an office, look for a place with natural light. For example, you might put the desk in front of a window.
The advantage here is being able to enjoy sunlight, which has the potential to help you feel more alert and be more productive. Plus, you’ll use less artificial light when making the most of daylight, which means a lower electricity bill, not to mention being good for the environment.
Something you might not have given much thought to is the temperature of the room you’re working in at home. If it’s too hot, you might have concentration problems, and the same holds true if it’s super cold.
Given that the body must expend extra energy to warm up or cool down, that makes sense. Thus, find a comfortable temperature for you that feels “just right” and stick with it.
Also, make sure the workspace has an ergonomic setup that encourages you to perform at your best. For example, change the height of the chair so that the knees are at about the same level as the hips.
As for the height of the desk, wrists should be straight, with hands at arm level or slightly below. Keep the monitor about 20 inches away or, as a quick reference, roughly the length of your arm.
Final Words on Organizing the Home Office
Lastly, be patient with yourself as you adjust to working from home. It can take weeks to adjust to working in a new environment, especially one that you may share with others. Be forgiving too of others who are also learning to adapt to their new office space amidst feelings of anxiety about the coronavirus.
Staying in work mode can be difficult when the office is in the home, but the tips mentioned above can help you. Reach out to us if you want more suggestions on how to best organize a home office. Wishing you good health and a productive workday.