With the advent of COVID-19, our lifestyle underwent many changes. One of the most significant was the increase in teleworking or working from home/remotely. If you work from home and you are still not sure what is needed to create a functional workspace, we will tell you!
Many companies have chosen to allow their workers to perform their duties from home. For many this has been a dream come true, but for others it has been a challenge. In addition to having to deal with distractions that did not usually exist in the office, they must learn to transform a part of their home as a home office.
Here’s what you need to know to create an office in your home:
1. Choose the right space
Ideally, you should have a separate room that would serve as an office. However, if your home isn’t very big, you can create a workspace in any corner of your house you are comfortable in.
What should a workspace look like? It must have good lighting and ventilation; have comfortable furniture, tools and accessories that make your work easier; be away from distractions and provide you with a pleasant and safe environment to develop your ideas.
As you can see, among the characteristics is not about having a large office. If you want to learn more about taking advantage of certain areas of your home, social networks such as Pinterest have unlimited inspiration to create mini office in spaces such as a closet or the area under the stairs.
Tips: When choosing your workspace, make sure you have plugs nearby so you don’t have wires all over the house.
2. Good lighting
It is recommended that the workspace be close to a window for better visibility and to take advantage of the benefits of natural lighting.
Did you know that sunlight is indispensable to regulate our biological processes, makes us feel more active and in a better mood?
In addition, it is important to brighten the place with other forms of artificial light. If you usually stay working on the computer until late at night, maybe a ceiling light would suffice; but if you need to do jobs that require a lot of precision, it will be best to have desk lamps that offer you more direct and intense lighting in your work area.
Tips: for workspaces it is recommended to use white (cold) light because it favors attention and concentration.
3. Comfortable furniture
The furniture must adapt to the type of work you do. If you want to make an office at home, the most important thing will be a table and a chair but not just any!
Do not hesitate to invest in an ergonomic chair whose height can be regulated, so that you take care of your posture while you work.
Here are some tips to sit properly in front of the computer and avoid health problems:
- The computer screen should be at eye level or a little further down
- The chair should have a height that allows you to put your feet on the ground and that your legs are at an angle of 90° or slightly more
- Your wrists and forearms should be in a straight line and at table height
- Your back should be totally straight and rest on the back of the chair, which should always be upright
- The screen and keyboard must be in the same direction
- The keyboard should be 10 cm (0.3 feet / 3.9 inches) from the edge of the desk so you can support your forearms on the table.
4. Accessories to stay organized
One of the great keys to working at home with ease is to have everything in order.
To better organize your workspace, use objects that allow you to stay organized: filing cabinets, boxes, baskets, containers, pencil holders, boards, etc.
If you usually use books while you work, a good idea is to place a shelf or a small bookstand near your desk to have them in sight and readily available.
In general, the goal is to assign a place to each thing to maintain order and prevent you from wasting time or stressing out looking for your work tools.
5. Decoration to your liking
Decorating your workspace can make you feel more comfortable and motivated when you are in it. While it is advisable to surround yourself with only the necessary objects, it is also important that you give your personal touch to the place.
Usually, in work environments light colors are used because they convey tranquility and help maintain concentration. However, if you like vivid colors, you can use them on some items or accessories to fill your new office with joy.
To decorate your work area, you can also use plants, ornaments, paintings, photographs or souvenirs that put you in good spirits or serve as inspiration.
What did you think of these recommendations? Encourage yourself to apply them to create a workspace that favors your creativity and productivity.
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