Doing your own business has never been as flexible as now. You can earn a living basically from any point of the world connected to the web. Traditional office spaces are now losing to home offices, but there’s always a catch. Poorly set up home offices can reduce your efficiency and turn a working routine into a mess. Let’s find out how to make your home office stylish and functional to fully benefit from remote job opportunities.
Think about comfort
Don’t skimp on good office furniture. A proper chair helps to avoid back and neck pain. Therefore, you shouldn’t wallow with a laptop on a bed. Remember that you risk developing insomnia if you work from bed. Your bedroom should be associated with relaxation.
When picking a chair, pay attention to the support of the lumbar back and the possibility of adjusting the height of the armrests and the seat. The fabric’s breathability is also essential – so the chair won’t heat up during summer.
When working, keep your laptop not on your lap but on the table to keep the screen at eye level. It will reduce the load on your neck.
Remove all distractions
Your working table is a place solely for working things. If you read an interesting book before the start of the working day, remove it from your field of vision. It will distract you and lower your productivity. Don’t eat at your desk – crumbs on a keyboard will irritate you and blur the boundary between personal and work spaces.
Make sure that everything you need is around. You will need a laptop, a charger, a smartphone, a glass of water, a diary, a pen, and stickers. Make your list and check if everything you need is in place every morning. Thus, you won’t interrupt your job and run around the house searching for a piece of paper or a marker.
Invest in your office
It can take a small or larger amount of investment monetarily to setup the perfect home office for you. Costs largely depend on use case, for example a day trader will need a significant amount more in screens and white light setups. Often people will fund office investments via local council grants, savings or even via a commercial mortgage from a company like ABC Finance.
Get indoor plants
Yes, plants on the windowsill will really help to work better. Sometimes anxious thoughts can make us completely unproductive. Houseplants reduce stress levels allowing your mind to be focused on the main tasks. Perhaps it’s all thanks to the green colour – it soothes. In addition, indoor flowers purify the air by reducing indoor carbon dioxide levels. Speaking of air quality, use humidifiers to cope with dry air during the heating season.
Take care of the lighting
A lot of people feel tired due to the lack of natural light. Make sure you have a window next to your workplace. Access to natural light during your work reduces the likelihood of headaches and eye fatigue. Also, the view from the window helps to switch attention and take a break from the monitor. Even for traditional offices, the presence of a window overlooking the street is more important than the proximity of cafes or fitness centres. In the evenings, use a table lamp and ensure that the light is diffused and the lighting is not too harsh.
Due to not having workmates around, there is a risk of forgetting about lunch and rest in general, so you will get tired faster, and your productivity will rapidly degrade. A lack of break harms not only your mental state but your physical one too. Don’t sit for too long – those over 45 years old who don’t leave the workplace within 11 hours are more likely to die in the next few years. Set a timer and periodically go outside or walk around the apartment to maintain a working balance. You can try the Pomodoro method – 45 minutes for work + 15 minutes for breaks.
Limit your working day
Without strict limits, you risk turning your working routine into a round-the-clock one. You must clearly establish when the working day begins and ends to avoid losing your personal life. You can change your pyjamas into outdoor clothing and drink a cup of coffee before you start working. Or come up with your own habit to help split up work and rest.