Have you been informed that you will be working from home due to the risk associated with the Covid-19 pandemic? This may be something that is worrying you as you don’t know how you will cope with the change in routine. You might even be concerned that your home isn’t suitable for work.
This guide will give you some helpful advice on what you need in order to work from home effectively and produce good quality work.
Light Open Space
You don’t want to be working in a cupboard under the stairs, there is no natural light in this location. If you are working from home you will need to think about what it is like in your office environment usually. You don’t work in a dark dingy area, there are normally plenty of windows letting in lots of natural light.
Light has been associated with elevated productivity levels as your brain associates it with the usual nine to five. Make sure that whatever room or space you are using for your home office has windows. This will keep you alert and most important of all, happy. Sunlight and daylight encourage the happy hormones meaning you get far more work done during the day.
When you have discovered the space you will be using for your home office you need the furniture to fill it. Your work may be providing you with a desk and a chair or you might have to buy these yourself. If you are needing to purchase them make sure you invest in a good quality leather chair. There is nothing worse than spending eight hours a day being uncomfortable in a chair. You need one that has the adjustable option, meaning you can get comfy no matter how you are sitting. A good quality chair leads to better posture so you aren’t putting pressure on your back. Poor posture has been linked with cases of repetitive strain injury (RSI). RSI can affect your wrists or shoulders, especially if your hands are in the same position typing for long periods.
As well as a desk and a chair you will need something to type on. Your work may be providing you with your office computer or laptop. If not you might have an old one laying around that you can use. It may be running slowly when you set it up so take it to a computer shop so they can restore it for you. Computer repair services can completely factory reset your laptop and even debug it making it run super fast. You will never be behind with work again.
Keep Distractions To A Minimum
Finally, when you are working from home it can often be the case that you are distracted by everyday occurrences. You will not be used to being disturbed by the postmen or the kids running around so it can take a bit of getting used to. Once you have adjusted and your ears have learned to drown out the surrounding background noise you will be well on your way to being productive.
You could do things to minimize the chance of being distracted such as leaving a note for your postman to leave parcels by the door. You could also silence your phone so it doesn’t distract you during your working hours.