Setting Up The Best Work From Home Space
Razor Sharp Digital is a remotely-based company. Everybody who works for us does so from home. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this option has become more common for all workers. The question that people ask is: how can you create a productive home office? Let’s share a few tried-and-true tips and tricks for creating a perfect work-at-home environment.
Getting The Right Work Space
Choosing a work from home space starts with finding a space at home, such as a spare room or a basement. Ideally, you must find a small room with a working door in which to accommodate a desk with computer equipment. To be able to take calls, participate in video meetings, and work effectively, you should find a quiet place free from distractions.
If you cannot get a dedicated space, find a space that is out of the way of the rest of your family as much as possible. Our social media coordinator has a desk in the corner of her dining room, which doubles as a work space.
If you and your spouse or roommate work from home (or with your child! ), set up a shared workspace so you don’t have to spread your work out throughout the home. Consider installing a divider between your work stations if you’re concerned about getting distracted while working with someone. Having headphones on hand will help you tune out any unwanted sounds when needed.
Which Desk Is Right For You?
A home office desk should be large enough to accommodate your computer, store basic office supplies, and offer enough space for you to spread out. If your unit meets these requirements, great! Various stores offer several different types of desks, ranging from standing desks to writing desks, to small corner desks and L-shaped desks. Depending on your needs, the type of desk will vary. No matter what option you choose, make sure it’s a reasonable height and compatible with your office chair.
Choosing the Right Chair
You can actually injure yourself over prolonged use of a lot of bad chairs on the market. The chairs at dining tables and decks, for example, are typically too low and don’t motivate people to sit upright. A professional office chair with adjustable height and lumbar support allows you to customize it to fit any workspace and body. Ideally, you should test the chair in person first. Website pictures cannot accurately portray the fit of a chair.
The ideal chair should be adjustable in height, able to roll, provide lumbar support for the back, and should be able to adjust its position. An armrest is preferable, but only if it is used correctly. To use an armrest properly, your forearm must rest lightly on the rest. You should not exert any pressure on the armrest. Rather than supporting the weight of your arm, the armrest should remind you to keep your arm in the right position.
Bright Lighting Is Important
Most people don’t realize how important lighting is to their work. It’s an area they rarely consider. It is ideal that your workspace has sufficient indirect light to allow you to read papers and see objects clearly.
Ceiling or overhead lighting is ideal. You can make your space even more appealing by adding a floor lamp or desk lamp nearby. Consider locating your work space near a window so you will have ample natural light. It provides both good lighting for the office and can improve your mood while working!
Place a lamp away from the monitor so there are no competing light sources. You may need lamps for extra lighting, but if you can, keep them out of your direct line of sight when you’re working.
Make sure that your monitor isn’t too dim or too bright, as both can lead to eye fatigue. There are subjective rules of thumb here, but monitor lighting intensity should be a bit brighter than your ambient light, and that ambient light should be sufficiently bright to read paper documents without added light.
Maintain a Clean Space
It’s very important to keep your home office organized if you want to stay productive while working remotely. The first thing you should do is go through the space and remove any unnecessary items. You will reduce clutter and be able to concentrate better. The next thing you should do is organize the items you need in your home office. Organize important files or documents in a secure cabinet or desk drawer. Get a desk organizer to put all your pens and highlighters in. Put big items like books and notebooks on shelves or in bins with labels.
When organizing a home office, shelves are an excellent option. As well as offering a place to store things out of the way, shelves can also help you decorate your home office. Floating shelves are perfect for displaying pictures, plants, and other home decor. Bookshelves and bins are another great way to keep any extras out of sight.
Get Organized with a Planner
When you’re working at home, use a calendar, whiteboard, or daily planner in your home office for notes and reminders to keep yourself on track. As a result, you don’t have to worry about missing deadlines, meetings, or tasks while you’re working remotely. Create a list of what needs to be accomplished before the start of every day or week so that you stay focused and productive.
You probably did not know that plants reduce stress just by looking at them. It is true that working from home can be stressful, regardless of what you do. Plants can contribute to your sense of wellbeing. Adding plants to your home office can make it more colorful and even remove toxins. We recommend succulents for their low-maintenance nature.
Take Time To Relax
Many people find working from home difficult, especially when they share an office or are taking care of children and pets. This is why you need to give yourself some time for relaxation during your home workday. Having a window to work by during nice weather is a great way to reduce stress. Lighting candles in your favorite scent can help you relax when you’re feeling stressed. Every few hours, set up a timer that reminds you to stretch. Make your workspace as stress-free as possible.