We’re living in a time when working from home has become a much-coveted possibility. More and more people are struggling with the restrictions (which are pretty similar in any country across the globe) and trying to find ways to earn from home.
But working from home can be quite difficult. It’s not an environment you’re used to working in and there are plenty of distractions available, either wanted or unwanted. Because let’s face it, who can resist the temptation of getting up in the middle of work and going to the kitchen to make a fresh pot of coffee? How about wondering to the window to see what’s happening? Distractions that would’ve been easily avoided at the office are now taking up valuable time.
Another big issue with working from home, particularly in these difficult times, is that the whole family is there. Your spouse, your kids, your pets. Chances are there’s always talking going on somewhere in the background, or your kids want something or your dog’s barking. All these details make concentrating impossible.
This is why we’ve come up with a quick and efficient guide to setting up your home office so that you can actually get some work done:
If at all possible, get the room to yourself.
Even if in reality, it’s just your bedroom or your kitchen and not an office per se, it’s important that you isolate yourself in that room, if you can. You need space and silence to concentrate and having other people there is bound to create distractions, ‘cause you can’t really ask your wife or your kids to sit silently, without moving for a few hours, right?
Also, it’s important to clearly define your working space from your ‘personal’ space. For example, if you work off the sofa, it might feel weird at night sitting there watching TV, as your brain will come to associate it with work.
Try to sit as close to the window as possible.
It might seem counterproductive, as what’s happening outside might distract you, but it’s vitally important that you get adequate light. Cool daylight has actually been proven to boost productivity and keep you more alert. Light also helps with your mental well-being. People tend to be happier in the sunlight, than in darkness, so make sure you consider that when setting up your office.
Invest in an office chair.
While a kitchen chair is alright if you’re only working at home for a day or two, you’ll need to invest in something more comfortable if you’re going to work long-term. You’ll be spending a good deal of time here, so make sure you get an ergonomic, back-supporting chair for your work.
Create as clean an environment as possible.
Things like pictures or crazy wall décor can distract you from your work, so ideally your home office needs to have a uniform color and be as clear as possible. The clearer the space, the clearer the mind, and the easier it will be for you to get your work done.
Set up your office as close to the Internet router as possible.
You don’t want to spend hours waiting for the network to load, do you? Aside from wasting time, this also proves really irritating and can put you in a bad mood, which of course will mean less productivity.
An organized office is a good office.
Invest in a file cabinet or a chest of drawers that goes right beside or underneath the desk. Once again, clutter is distracting and counter-productive, as you will waste valuable minutes looking for the stapler or a certain file.
Don’t forget to take breaks.
We know we said that wondering off every two minutes can be counter-productive, but it’s important that you allow your eyes and your brain to rest every couple of hours or so. Get up and go for a walk around the house. Fix yourself something to eat. Stretch a little.
Bonus Tip: Take into account any other equipment you might need, such as a printer, for example.
Working from home can be a wonderful experience, provided you set up an efficient and comfortable office for yourself. And with our quick and easy guide, that should be a piece of cake.