Recently with the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been forced to work from home instead of going to the office every day. While some may like this new situation, it can be a difficult transition for others. Not commuting to work is great, but your home isn’t set up to be an office, and being productive in that cozy space can be an ordeal. Here are a few ideas on how to make your home office a more productive and comfortable workspace.
Get a Real Desk
The first thing you need to do to have a comfortable and intentional workspace at home is to get a real desk. Working on your laptop from bed or at the kitchen table won’t cut it. You need a separate designated space to go to so you can work effectively. If you don’t have a desk,are easy to come by and much cheaper than buying and assembling a new one.
Select an Office Chair
A real office desk chair is the next essential for your home office. Sitting at a chair from the breakfast table or your dining room will be uncomfortable after a little while and you’ll lose focus and maybe even start developing back problems. Selecting an ergonomic, supportive office chair will make a world ofwhen you aren’t worried about your backside going numb every few hours.
Act Like You Are at Work
Another way to increase your effectiveness while working from home is to essentially pretend that you have gone into the office for the day. The main aspect of this is getting dressed for work. You don’t need to put on a three-piece suit or anything, but get out of your pajamas and get dressed in clothes you would wear outside your home.
Take Regular Breaks
Sometimes working at home can be so comfortable that you lose track of time. Be sure to take regular breaks to eat lunch and stretch your legs once in a while. When you get in the habit of working too much you run the risk of burning out.
Make Friends With a Plant
Adding a bit of green to your new desk is a great way to stay relaxed while working. Studies show that having a plant to take care of in your workspace can be very therapeutic and increase your mood.
Remember, working at home can be great if you set up your office at home in a healthy way that promotes productivity. It’s important to get out of your pajamas, but nobody will know if you keep wearing your fuzzy slippers.