There are many benefits to working from home – flexible schedules, immediate access to coffee, no commute, no dress codes, and the opportunity to design a space that you love spending time in.
But when the work just keeps piling on, it can be difficult to keep your home office in an optimal state. Take a quick break and use these six tips to ensure that your home office is as comfortable and productive as possible.
Focus on Ergonomics
Ergonomics are important to your health and productivity.
Flooring: Use a chair mat to reduce the amount of slipping, sliding, and strain involved in moving around your workspace. It’ll also ensure that your floor doesn’t get damaged by your office chair.
Peripherals: Consider picking up a more ergonomic keyboard and mouse. This will reduce the amount of strain put on your hands and lower your risk of repetitive strain injury. Your keyboard should be positioned so that your forearms are parallel to the floor.
Monitor: Your display should be located directly in front of you and at eye level. You shouldn’t need to move your head or strain your eyes.
Chair: Adjust your chair so that your feet are resting on the floor. Alternatively, use a footrest. Ensure that your arms have something to rest on to prevent shoulder strain. Given that you likely spend hours on your chair every day, don’t hesitate to splurge on a more comfortable and ergonomic model.
Incorporate Natural Light
The last thing you want to do is recreate the vibe of a corporate cubicle. If possible, position your workspace near a natural light source. In doing so, you can benefit from energy savings, vitamin D and better productivity, as well as a lower risk of eyestrain and headaches.
Add Some Plants
Make the most of your new natural light by using it to grow some plants. They’ll purify the air, make you happier, reduce stress, increase productivity, and boost creativity. Plus, they’re a great way to make any workspace look fresh and stylish.
Keep it Dynamic
Putting your favorite photos around your desk is great. But if they don’t get changed around, they become somewhat like wallpaper – they cease to promote mindfulness. Pick up a digital photo frame or simply take the time to rotate your photos. Include funny cartoons, mementos of success, and whatever else makes you happy.
Conceal the Unnecessary
Nobody likes to look at a rat’s nest of cables, never mind the fun that comes with trying to figure out which one leads to the appliance you’re trying to unplug. Take a moment to perform some cable management and conceal whatever else you don’t find attractive, thus creating a less distracting space.
Get Inspired Responsibly
That upholstered dining room chair you saw on Pinterest may look great, but it won’t be doing your back any favors. The tiny vintage desk you saw on Instagram might be a minimalist dream but will eventually turn your workspace into a cluttered mess. Don’t make the mistake of prioritizing form over function when searching for inspiration.
Taking the time to implement these steps will help you create a home office you genuinely enjoy spending time in. Don’t forget to add a personal touch or two – as long as it puts a smile on your face.