7 tips to set up your home office
VAMP speaks to the experts at Vivendo Workspaces who share 7 tips set up your home office that you will actually want to work in!
A good WIFI connection and laptop would be the only things you need right? Well in principle, yes. Let’s be honest, if you’re not used to working at home already, setting up a home office is no easy task. You’re in a new environment with new distractions and temptations, and yes comfort matters whether you’re home or in your employer’s office! The objective of working from home is to stay as productive as you would at the office – if not even more efficient.
VAMP speaks to the team at Vivendo Workspaces who share 7 tips on how to set up a home office that you will actually want to work in!
Setting Up A Home Office
1. Choose a dedicated area.
Convert a space that gives you privacy and quiet (if you’re sharing your home with your partner, kids, or housemates this is majorly important). It may be a spare room, corner of a bedroom, garage or even in the garden should you have a power supply.
2. Don’t underestimate good lighting.
Find a space that is brimming with natural light – next to a window is a great area. And don’t forget a lamp! Even with the brightest of rooms, you’ll still need additional lighting if you work later in the afternoon to evening.
3. Ergonomics is key.
Set up your screen at eye level. Position your keyboard so that your forearms are parallel to the floor and your elbows are well-rested. Adjust your chair so that your spine is straight and relaxed. Invest in a good ergonomic chair! You need to love the chair you’re sitting on otherwise you’ll never manage to stay focused for long.
4. Pick a great chair.
You may be tempted to match your chair to the rest of the room’s furniture but we can’t stress enough that a fully ergonomic chair is a must for anyone sitting at a desk for any length of time and a key essential for any home office. Make sure it’s supportive and comfortable, allows room for movement and can be adjustable to your height.
5. Touch of Green.
One of the easiest and perhaps fun and exciting ways to improve your wellbeing within your home is to bring the outside in. Plants make people happier; they act as air purifiers and can help to reduce stress and improve attitudes.
6. Say no to clutter.
Filing cabinets may not be the most attractive pieces in a home but you do need a place to keep your office supplies and papers neat and tidy. Otherwise, your work can take over every other corner in your home. Try re-purpose a piece of furniture that is already available, whether it’s a bookcase, wall shelves or magazine racks. Or better yet, save everything on the cloud and go paperless.
7. Track your goals.
Noticeboards or whiteboards can be a great way to visualize your goals and achievements, as well as keep track of deadlines and to-do lists, while wall planners will ensure you never miss an appointment.
Make Working From Manageable With These Tips
If you spend most of your days at your desk or on your laptop you know that sitting down for too long can cause long-term impact on our posture as well as develop health issues. Here are some more tips to manage the time at your desk….
Exercise Breaks: Simple movements such as a neck side stretch, shoulder rotation and wrist stretch help avoid muscle stiffness.
Stay Standing: Encourage your team to have stand-up meetings that will keep your discussions focused on a topic and eliminate distractions and will also allow you to stretch your legs.
Adjustment & Stability: Alternate your position from sitting to standing throughout your day by working on a height-adjustable desk and use a stability ball for active sitting.
Move! Make movement an essential part of your workday. Take the stairs not the lift, use one centralised bin, and make use of the company’s gym if available.
What does your home office workspace look like?