Tips for creating a functional workspace in your home
More and more of us are working from home because of the spread of coronavirus. While stay-at-home orders have begun to lift in many parts of the country, some employers are continuing to limit the number of people who can work in the physical office space. Because of this, a functional workspace at home becomes a necessity. The following are three tips to help you find and create the perfect work from home environment.
1. Designate a workspace
If you’ve been bouncing around between the dining room table, couch, or bed, pick the best spot and stick with it. Having a designated workspace can help create a work-focused mindset, increase productivity, and help create boundaries between “work” and “home”. Having a designated workspace to go to – and leave – can help designate working hours and allow you to turn off at the end of the work day.
An ideal workspace is quiet and free from distractions (such as kids, spouses, or roommates). Likewise, choose a space with plenty of natural light to help regulate circadian rhythms. Keep decorations or décor similar to what you have in your physical office; a few small potted plants or framed photos can help keep your spirits up through the long hours at home.
2. Make it ergonomic
Your at-home workspace may not have your favorite ergonomic office chair, but there is no need to suffer. Make sure the desk and chair allow you to work without hunching over; add a cushion or blanket to a dining room chair to make it more comfortable. Tired of sitting all day? Create your own makeshift standing desk using books or even sturdy cardboard boxes. This small change of scenery during the day can help keep you comfortable when working from home.
3. Upgrade your tech
While it may not be possible to replicate the exact technology you have in the office, having the right tech can make working from home easier and more enjoyable. Check your internet bandwidth to ensure there is enough Wi-Fi to go around; this is especially important in homes where multiple family members will be online at the same time.
Consider investing in a USB dock or hub for your laptop. Most laptops don’t offer many ports; a USB dock allows you to plug in a wireless mouse, second screen, printer, and more. Likewise, don’t forget to check your headset and webcam for video conference calls.