Working from home has become a part of many of our professional lives. While it’s nice to not have to commute into the office, it can take a little bit of time (and motivation!) to get into a good WFH routine. Here’s some of our tips to ensure you stay positive and efficient when working from home.
To successfully transition into working from home when need be, you need to identify space in your home that is far from the hustle and bustle of family life and can still be used as a workspace.
Also, you want to be able to shut your door on work at the end of the day. If you are working at the kitchen or dining room table, it will be a continual presence in your family life – and that’s not healthy.
1. Find privacy or a quiet corner
Pick a space in your home that inspires you. It doesn’t have to be an entire room, but this space should be free of distractions. It can sometimes be tempting to take your laptop over to the couch, but in the long run, this is not great for productivity or your posture!
2. Hello Wi-Fi extenders
These days, most of us already have great internet connection, but if your house can sometimes be a bit of a ‘dead spot’, Wi-Fi extenders can be a way to boost your data speed within your home.
3. Invest in a good desk chair
They’re not always the prettiest chairs, but a good quality, ergonomic chair will do wonders for your efficiency and your posture. Be sure to get a chair that has adjusted height settings, lumbar support, armrests, swivel, and a backrest. If you’re unable to purchase a new chair, you could potentially ask your work if you can take your office chair home whilst WFH.
4. It’s all about the lighting
Invite natural light into your space but ensure that it does not throw a glare onto your computer screen. A soft desk lamp can also compliment natural lighting and can be an easy way to functionally decorate your desk.
Keeping your desk clutter free will help keep your mind clutter free! Purchase some drawers or folders to keep all of your documents organised. Another tip is to clean up your space at the end of the day. This makes it feel like you’ve completed your work for the day, and you can start fresh tomorrow!
I mean, who doesn’t love stationary? Much like storage, it’s ideal to have stationary such as pens, notepads and sticky-notes close by in your home office. If you’re more of a digital notetaker, invest in a good note-taking program and calendar system so you can stay on track.
7. Stick to a schedule
Set a work-day schedule to stay on-task. If you usually start your workday at 8.30am when you’re at the office, try to do the same when WFH. It can be tempting to take a longer lunch break or finish off the day early but setting up a daily schedule will keep you on-track.
8. Know when the workday is over
Finally, working from home can make it hard when setting work-life boundaries. At the end of the day, physically leave your home office space and ensure that you don’t take your work to other areas of your home. Drawing the line between work and home life is essential for your overall happiness, health, and productivity!
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