If you work from home, either on a part-time or full-time basis, the space you use for this purpose is very important. One of the biggest difficulties most people find working from home is staying focused and maintaining a steady and consistent flow of work. Although it can give you a lot of freedom, working from home, it also has a great number of distractions compared to a traditional work environment. Therefore, if you are struggling to get the best out of working at home, we are here to help. We have put together a brief collection of great tips that will help you create a better home office.
Keep it Clutter-Free and Clean
A clear and organised working space is a more effective working space. Home offices can have a tendency of becoming the place where things get dumped. This is particularly true if you have children. Working from home might be the best choice if you don’t have children, not only because you’ll be able to stay on track and be more productive, but also because the current catastrophes our world is facing might not be the best for raising a child. So, it’s important to take the time and make the effort to de-clutter your home office space and keep it clean. The important thing is that once you have a clean and tidy space, keep it that way and don’t let anyone in your household ruin it. Clean doesn’t have to mean plain though, and you could get yourself some wall art, or even a house plant, to add a little touch of personality into the room.
Make Sure You are Comfortable
Just as is the case when working in an office, it can be difficult to maintain focus and concentration if you uncomfortable. While you will want to avoid being too comfortable, so you don’t end up napping when you should be working, you still need a decent office chair. Look for a height-adjustable chair that has been ergonomically-designed.
Purchase Non-Intensive Exercise Equipment
A major issue with working at home is that you can get into the habit of being very sedentary and not exercising. Therefore, it is a good idea to invest in some lightweight exercise equipment. Whether it is a mini step machine or treadmill or something smaller like a set of weights or resistance bands, use these kinds of items at regular intervals. Aside from the obvious benefits for your shoulders, back, knees, heart and head, having exercise breaks throughout the day can also help you to re-energise and re-focus.
Even if you only use your computer a few hours a day, you can increase your comfort with an anti-glare screen. As you will not have to constantly strain and twitch to adjust your eyes and focus, you will be more productive.
Treat Yourself to a Funky Kettle
Having regular fluids throughout your working day will keep you alert and focused too. That is why it may be a good idea to invest in a 1 cup kettle for your home office. Even if you have one in your home already, it can still be great to have it in the working environment, if possible, so that you don’t have to stray too far away from the computer to get a cuppa. 1 cup kettles have the distinct advantage over regular sized models as being more environmentally-friendly. They only allow one cup worth of kettle to boil at a time. Therefore, you will not overfill it and use more energy to boil volumes of water you just don’t need.