Welcome to your new work-from-home life – By Maddison Urquhart
If COVID-19 has taught us anything in recent weeks, it’s that working remotely isn’t as easy as we once imagined. Sure, the first few days weren’t bad. You probably ticked everything off your to-do list, vowed to conquer all distractions and master the art of being productive in your pyjamas. Fast forward a few weeks later and not only are your stress levels sky-high but the corner of the dining room table simply isn’t cutting it anymore.
For many, the office is now a no-go zone, which means you can say goodbye to those stiff suits and early coffee-in-hand commutes. Although working from home might have some serious perks, it also presents one major dilemma: where exactly are you going to work? In the living room? In your bedroom? Or we daresay the couch?
Getting into the zone is critical when you don’t have the structure of an office environment every day. And it’s during times like these that a dedicated workspace is a must-have to tackle the day ahead. Below are five of our favourite effective tips to help create the perfect streamlined home office.
- Designate a Space
We all know the feeling of being stuck in a rut when motivation eludes you. If you find your productivity and motivation levels tend to take a nosedive sitting on the sofa, it’s time to set up shop somewhere else. Whether it be a separate room or a small desk set up in the living room, having a functional space in your home that allows you to focus solely on the task at hand and keep on track, is of vital importance to your routine.
- Control the Clutter
We get it. You’re working from home now so naturally, things are going to be a little more chaotic than usual – but it doesn’t have to be that way. Keep your documents under control and invest in an efficient filing system (folders and desk organisers are essential). That way you can dedicate a few minutes each afternoon to organise your paperwork accordingly and save yourself the headache the next morning.
- Get Comfortable
No matter how visually appealing your office set-up might be, you aren’t going to get the most out of your workday if you’re fighting off aches and pains all day long. Your office chair is the place where you spend the majority of your time so it’s only fair that your chair should tick all the comfort boxes. Do yourself (and your back) a favour and invest in a high-quality multifunctional chair and watch it work wonders for your concentration and posture. And if you’re stuck for space, consider a stand-up desk – they’re portable, adjustable and will incorporate more activity into your workday
- Let There Be Light
You might not be able to get the best view in the office, but it doesn’t mean you can’t at home. Take advantage of the change of scenery and position your desk near whatever windows or open spaces you might have. You’d be surprised just how much natural lighting can improve your comfort, mood, and productivity
- Add a Pop of Colour
It’s no surprise that hues of grey and white are perennial favourites for interior walls. After all, nothing gives a clean, crisp vibe quite like a white room. But if your office is missing that finishing touch or perhaps is a little lacking in flair, a purposeful pop colour might just be what it needs. Think wall art, subtle accessories or even a rug with a colourful pattern or detailing.
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