With the current pandemic, many of us have been forced into working from home. We’ve had to turn our living rooms, kitchens and even bedrooms into pop-up offices, in order to continue working safely. Although working from home has its benefits, like no early morning commutes and working in our pyjamas; home isn’t always the most practical workspace.
A makeshift office on your dining room table may work as a temporary measure, but these working conditions can have a negative effect on your productivity and wellbeing in the long run.
To help you stay productive and comfortable when working from home, here are our top tips on how to make your home office setup work better for you:
Whether you have a desk or you are using your dining table, you need to ensure that you are sitting comfortably. Adjust the height of your screen so that it is at your correct eye level. This will help to avoid eyestrain and posture issues. You will also need a comfortable chair. This is really important because you are going to be spending many hours sitting on it. Don’t just settle for a stool or a dining room chair, invest in a proper office chair which can be adjusted to your needs.
Think carefully about the lighting in your home office and choose a room that has a good amount of natural daylight. The right lighting allows for better productivity, so try setting up your work space near a window if possible. If you’re working late into the evening you may also wish to invest in a suitable desk lamp. This will help to reduce eyestrain and keep you focused when you are putting in those extra hours.
Have a look at multi-purpose equipment. Multi-functional devices are an excellent choice for home offices because they include the functionality of numerous devices in a single machine. This not only helps to decrease your carbon footprint, but it will also reduce the amount of space required for printing, scanning, and other document management tasks.
I hope that these tips have helped you if you are considering setting up a home office.