If you have made the move to working from home, you need a space that works well for you. Having that space organized and functioning at top notch will be key in your success.
When it comes to designing your home office, start by listing the activities you’ll be doing in the space. This will help you determine what you need in the way of furniture and storage. Whether you need a packaging area, a drafting table, more than one computer, a large surface for spreading out paperwork or blueprints, or a spot to meet with clients.
The other key to successfully working from home is to know your habits. Schedule your days to be in your office when you are most productive, whether that’s first thing in the morning or the middle of the afternoon. Have a separate space with closed doors if you are distracted by dirty dishes or kids or other triggers. Plan some days to be interactive if you’re missing the bustle of an office building. Get dressed if you know you have an important phone call and take it standing up, you’ll feel and sound more attentive and professional. Take scheduled breaks so you are more effective while you are working.
Working from home can be very rewarding and positive, if you take the time to set yourself up correctly. Even though it may take time away from your essential work at the beginning, the benefits of being organized from the get-go will have you reaping the rewards before long.
The Home Office Essentials
COMFORTABLE CHAIR: adjustable is the ideal
DESIGNATED DESK SPACE: close to plugs, lots of storage
FILE STORAGE: easy to get to and organized
STATIONARY SUPPLIES: good pens, lots of paper and sharp pencils
GOOD LIGHTING: ambient and task lighting
EQUIPMENT THAT WORKS WELL: shredder, printer, camera, fax
On Trend – The Standing desk
We all know that sitting for too long is hard on the body. If you find yourself in front of a computer for hours a day, maybe you’d like to consider a standing desk. So, what do you need to know about a standing desk?
Here’s a few quick facts:
• Adjust your computer screen to be at eye level with a 10 to 20 degree angle
• Screen should be 20-28” away
• Your Keyboard should be at standing elbow height or slightly below
• Keep your knee slightly bent, don’t lock your knees
• A comfort mat and no heels is the best for your feet, sock foot is even better
• Periodically take a seat, whether you perch on a stool or sit at a desk