Working at home has its benefits, but also its challenges. In the not-too-distant past, working from home was pretty much a luxury, but since 2020 and the global pandemic hit work from home has become the “new norm” for millions of workers.
A comfortable home office which allows you to be productive in your work is key. Consider these important tips to create an organized and productive home office setting.
Get the Right Equipment
Speed and efficiency are critical in home office equipment. Only invest in equipment you’ll use daily. If you print a document once a month, save yourself the money and space by running down to the nearest copying/printing shop.
Don’t constrain yourself to the limits of only working at your desk. Keep your options open to work from a laptop at a table, desk, or chair. Give yourself options to work at both sitting and standing heights.
Embrace Natural Light – Supplement with Lamps
In a home office, you’re not limited to the dim lighting of a cubicle, so avoid hiding your desk in a dark corner.
Take full advantage of your window and natural light by moving your desk near the window and parallel to the panes. This gives you energizing natural light and a view to enjoy. Supplement lighting with lamps where needed.
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Be Creative with Storage/Organization
Clutter and disorganization can induce stress and make it difficult to focus. Follow the rule “a place for everything and everything in its place.”
Limit your desktop to items you use daily and organize your laptop, papers, and supplies to promote productivity and fewer distractions. Visit Ikea, Target, or The Container Store for office storage organizers and storage ideas.
Keep it Private
Pets, noise and other distractions can keep you from being productive in a home office setting. Make sure you home office has doors to close and reduce noise.
If you deal with personal and private information, keep your workplace secure. The office door should have a lock with additional locks on important file cabinets with documents. Keep the door secured when you’re not working to keep guests, children, or pets from gaining access to your office.
Create a Comfy Space
Not all your time will be spent behind a desk. Use any additional space to create a reading corner with a comfy chair, lamp, and side table. Make your office space inviting to encourage productivity, critical thinking, and comfort.
Add Fresh Greenery
Keep your home office from becoming stale with fresh, green plants. If you struggle to keep plants alive, choose succulent plants which need less water and are an inspiring green addition to any office.
Ergonomics Are Important
Taking care of your body and your posture is important at work and at home. Choose ergonomic office furniture to make sure your back, neck, and spine are fully supported while you work.
One of the drawbacks to working from home is you’re never very far from your work and it’s tempting to work even longer hours than normal. This means sitting and hunching over your computer even more.
Ekornes Stressless office chairs offer customized support to reduce lower-back and neck pain. Modern designs and innovative technologies make Stressless chairs the best investment you can make to improve your health while you work.
Use these tips to design and organize your office for maximum productivity. Start by visiting European Leather Gallery for a wide selection of ergonomic office chairs, recliners, and sofas to improve your back and neck health.