It’s been over a year since the pandemic forced us all to retreat to our homes, including bringing our office home in order to continue working with many resorting to freelancing due to job losses. While this may seem like a dream for many, it can seriously affect your productivity if you don’t have the right home office setup. Here are four tips to ensure you have a comfortable space.
- Keep Your Office Out Of Your Bedroom (If Possible)
It’s not an option for many people because of space restrictions but, if it’s at all possible for you, consider setting up your home office anywhere but your bedroom. Working in your bedroom completely blurs the boundaries between work and rest because both share the same space. Try to make your work from home setup in another corner of your house if you can.
- Make Sure You’re Sitting Comfortably
When you were younger, you wouldn’t have ever predicted a comfortable office chair as the ultimate investment of your adult life. While you don’t need to go out and buy the most expensive ergonomic chair available, it’s important that you are sitting comfortably. Keep your back supported with a pillow and sit on one to support your hips if your chair is a bit hard. Adjust the height of the chair so that your knees are at 90 degrees and ensure your computer is at eye level so you aren’t craning your neck. The ultimate home office setup is one that doesn’t leave you creaky and in pain after a long day of work.
- Limit Distractions
While time at the office came with its own set of distractions, your work from home setup comes with a whole lot more. Your dogs are now constantly begging for your attention and online shopping becomes a bigger temptation. Ensure you’re zoned into your work for specific periods of time without distractions, removing anything from the room that may cause your attention to go elsewhere.
- Set Boundaries
Transitioning from an office space to a home office setup was a real challenge for many, especially those who share a house with their family. If this is you, it’s essential that you set boundaries with your family members, partner, or flatmate, as difficult as it may be at times. Kindly explain what your working hours are and they should respect that.
Working from home in the most productive way possible may not be something we’ve all learned to master, despite how long we’ve been doing it. For more on making the most out of remote work, read our blog on how to find a meaningful graphic design job or the top skills freelancers should consider.