Working from home has its benefits - no commute, better life balance, freedom to decorate your space that gets you going, time to learn new skills, make healthy meals and exercise. Some of you have already mastered the skill - working from home, but considering the new situation the world is in at the moment, the number of people working from home has increased significantly.
I think it's our duty to help each other and give advice on how to create a productive yet beautiful working environment at home. In this article I will include the things most of you already have at home, so no need for any additional shopping.
10 Tips to set up a healthy home office with the things you already have:
1. GOOD LIGHT
Pick the corner of the room that has plenty of natural light. Also, don't forget the desk lamp.
2. THE COMPUTER
Place your computer screen at eye level, so when you sit straight the only thing you need to move is your eyelids. Make sure the keyboard is easily reachable when sitting straight.
3. CREATE COMFORT
I'm not saying no to cute chairs, but if your workweek is more like 40 - 50 hours it's very important to have good back support. If you don't have an office chair already make sure you have a good support for your lower back with things like a cushion or a rolled-up towel).
4. THE DESK
I know for a fact most of you who own a breakfast bar and a dining table, don't really use that table very often. :) If you don't have an office desk already, now is the perfect time to utilise that dining table.
5. ADD GREEN FRIENDS
As many studies show - plants are a big productivity and happiness factor. Get at least one plant for your desk. Learn more about: How important are Plants and How to Choose the Best Ones.
6. SCHEDULE YOUR TO DO'S
Well planned is half done. DIY a simple calendar where you can write down you daily and weekly tasks. For some inspiration take a look at my previous post - Beautiful Wall Calendars You can DIY or Buy.
7. REMOVE UNNECESSARY THINGS
Nothing like a clean minimalist desk. It allows you to focus and rest your eyes when not looking at the screen. Try to hide all the cables, keep only a pen and a notebook you really use every day, keep only two mugs at the time (one for pens and other for a beverage).
8. HIDDEN STORAGE
It really depends on the type of work you do. I like to keep all of my paperwork near the desk on lower shelving, so my eyes are not drawn to it during work. The bottom line is - less detraction equals higher focus and better results. You could also utilise a bookshelf for your office stuff. If it's physically further away from your office desk - make those steps count. Turn every situation into your advantage. 😊 I use Sweatcoin App - it has a great reward/motivational structure where walking really pays off (not sponsored - just my personal preference).
9. CHOOSE YOUR COLOURS CAREFULLY
If you have leftover paint and want to change the colour of your walls, make sure you choose the colour that lifts your mood. Read my previous article for more in-depth - Does the Colour of Your Wall Affect Your Mood?
10. MAKE IT PERSONAL
Get a small frame with your favourite quote or picture, anything that keeps you motivated and reminds of success.
To Summarise - depending on what sort of work you do and how much space you really need, choose your furniture and decor accordingly. Who knows, you might end up liking the whole set up and transition for good.
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