If you’re working from home, setting your space up properly can help you be more productive as well as getting you in the right mindset for work. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time there, you need to make sure your work area is comfortable and functional, and how to set up a home office which will work for you.
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Here are some tips on how to set up the perfect home office:
Separate your workspace from your home life
This is easier to do if you have a dedicated room for your office, but if you don’t you might have to be a bit more creative. Scan your house for any empty nooks and crannies you could use to set up a desk and anything else you need. Spaces like under the stairs or large cupboards can work well for this, or alternatively if you have an outbuilding or shed you could transform this into a nice workspace. If you can’t find any space for your office, try rearranging a room so you can fit a desk and chair somewhere. As a last resort, you could create a standing workstation in any area where you can fit a laptop.
Get the right equipment
If you work from home a lot it’s worth investing in a proper desk and adjustable chair which you’re comfortable in. You might find a laptop more practical than a desktop computer, especially if you want to work from other areas of the house sometimes. You might also need additional equipment like a second monitor or a laptop stand. If you do a lot of printing
you’ll want to have a look at printers for business and invest in one which has all the functionality you need.
Make sure you have good lighting
Natural light is best as it will help improve your concentration and energy levels, so consider setting up your home office near a window if possible. If that’s not an option, you could invest in a daylight lamp to mimic the effect of natural light. Whatever you do, try to ensure your work area isn’t too dark as this could make you feel sluggish while putting strain on your eyes. Equally you don’t want it to be too bright or you might end up with a headache.
It can be easy to get distracted at home, so as well as implementing these ideas, one of the most important things to consider is making sure your work area is as free from distractions as possible to maximise your productivity. But once you have learned how to set up a home office, you’ll be glad you did it.
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