My commute has gotten a lot shorter in the last couple weeks. As the coronavirus has spread so have the number of people working from home. Over 46% of American businesses have implemented remote- work policies. Even before the pandemic struck, remote work was accelerating in the US. According to the Federal Reserve, the share of the labor force that works from home has tripled in the past 15 years.
Whether you are new at this or a seasoned telecommuter- the key to productivity and maybe your sanity is to carve out a dedicated workspace.
Find the right space: Working from home can really put a strain on your work-life balance and it is important to recognize create a space dedicated to work. Our productivity can be hindered by the space in which we work. In order to be more productive with our work we need organization and relaxing vibes.
Find the right space: Ideally this is a separate room to dedicate to work but in reality, that might not be an option. Even if it is just a desk in the corner you have to create a space that you equate with working. This will help put your mind in work mode and help you focus.
Consider converting a closet into a small workspace. A properly placed shelf for the desk surface and shelves above and to the side can make the perfect mini office which can be closed off when not in use. The ability to close off the space is key to keeping work and life separate.
Lighting is everything: Offices are bright and well lit, and you should try to achieve that in your home office space. It is good to have a mix of natural light, ambient light and task lighting in your space. Ambient light more commonly called general lighting serves as the primary source of light in the room.
If your space doesn’t have great lighting incorporate task lighting with a directional lamp to light up your workspace.
The right equipment: When choosing your desk, chair, and work surfaces, keep in mind ergonomics, especially if you spend A lot of time at your desk. Don’t just pull in a hard chair from the dining room to use at your desk.
Furniture designed specifically for your height and weight can save you from experiencing aches and pains from sitting all day in an uncomfortable chair.
Privacy and Quiet: If you live with other people, significant other, roommate or kids you will need some privacy. This will help you focus and stay on task. If your office is in a common area it might be necessary to invest in a pair of headphones that will help tone down the background noise.
You Storage: Having a clean and clear workspace is a must! Being in an organized workspace directly influences your productivity. Clutter is a distraction for your brain. Putting things away will help you focus on your work. In a small space keeping organized can be tough.
Create shelves with boxes and bins to keep small office supplies in. A bulletin board can be a great way to store notes and inspirational messages.