How to Improve Your Work From Home Space
June 28, 2021 4:48:26 PM PDT June 28, 2021 4:48:26 PM PDTth, June 28, 2021 4:48:26 PM PDT
While some people have worked from home for years, others are still adjusting to the WFH lifestyle that the recent pandemic has brought. Many offices are opening back up, but some are doing hybrid or not going back at all. In order to be more comfortable in remote jobs, here are some home office design ideas.
Designated Room Or Space
If you have the space or money for it, try to find a room in your home that is your designated office. Perhaps an underutilized dining room, guest bedroom, or basement. It should be a designated spot where you do most of your work, even if the room now has two functions.
This way, you can “go” to work, and separate yourself between the day and night. You can get into the right rhythm, mindset, and focus. While it is nice to move around and change locations every so often, most of your working time should be spent at that one location. Plus, you do not have to see your home office setup while trying to relax, and you will not be distracted by the tv or bed during the day.
Try to eliminate as many distractions as you can, and simulate a work environment while at home. Turn the tv off, leave chores for outside of work hours, and if your job doesn't require you to have your cell phone next to you, try to put it somewhere else so you are not distracted by social media or texts. Make sure your family knows that you are working, that you cannot help with things around the house. To act as though you are not home, and are at work. Of course, if there is an emergency, then you can take time out, but for normal occurrences, you’re not home.
You want to be able to separate yourself from the rest of the house - and having a divider or door is the way to do that. This way, sounds do not travel as easily, whether in or out. Other people in your house do not have to hear your work calls, and you do not have to hear their daily sounds as you try to focus. You could also install automatic doors.
Automatic sliding door kits can be installed on any sliding door, and make it so they open automatically when someone approaches. These devices can help with stopping the spread of germs, as they are touchless, and you will not have to worry about spilling a mug of coffee trying to open the door. The doors can still be locked if you want privacy and do not want anyone interrupting.
If you bought your home office furniture long before you began remote work, you may be in need of an update. The chair that was ok to sit on may now give you back problems, and your computer desk may be too big or too small for the work you do today. Whether you just have a laptop to work on, or several monitors and an office phone, when you look for a new home office desk, make sure to get one that can accommodate your entire setup.
Whatever layout your home has, or you are looking to own or rent a new space, make sure there is enough room for you to do remote working comfortably.