With the onset of COVID19 and the nationwide shift to working from home when possible, you may be struggling to create a space conducive to making your new work from home routine well, work. When you couple working from home with the fact that most school districts have migrated to a remote learning model, things are probably looking a little chaotic and a lot distracting. Even if you don’t have an entire room to dedicate to a home office, you can still cordon off a little space to help maximize productivity during this unique time. Here are a few easy tips to creating the perfect home “office”-
Choose a space and stick with it
Whether you have a whole room you can dedicate to a home office or you are eying a corner of your living room or bedroom, pick a space and dedicate it to the cause. As tempting as it may be to sit on the couch and work, you’ll find yourself getting lost in Netflix or getting up to tend to other household tasks more often than you think. Having a space that you can get up and “go to” each day will do wonders for your productivity.
Make it your own
Now that you’ve picked your dedicated office space, you’ll want to make it as office like as possible. Whether you are working from a laptop or a desktop, set your computer up with any other office essentials that you would typically use during the day. From notebooks to pens, the more your space feels like an office the more productive your’ll find yourself being. Since you are staying at home as much as possible, retailers like Amazon and order pick up services are probably your best bet when it comes to stocking up on office supplies.
Light it up
Regardless of the space, you’ll want to make sure it is well lit. Even if you have an overhead light fixture like a ceiling fan, you’ll probably want to add a tabletop lamp to your desk to keep you in the zone. Not only can a little light help keep you focused, it’ll help reduce strain on your eyes and headaches.
Master the technology
We’re not saying you need to rewire your home for your office but you should definitely have a grip on any technology you are employing while working from home. From a solid pair of headphones to drown out noise to knowing the basics of troubleshooting your internet connections, the transition to working from home means that you are now your very own IT professional like it or not. Make it easy on yourself and tame the chord jungle before it tames you while you are at it.
What other tips do you have for working from home? Anything you’ve done that hasn’t worked? We’d love to know!