While the advantages of working from home are nice – no need to commute, lower daily expenses, less money spent on gas, and greater personal convenience – for some, the home office simply doesn’t work.
When you’re on a Zoom call, the dogs are ready with a barking fest. Your inquisitive neighbor is waiting for you to check the mail, so she can bait you into gossiping about nosey neighbors. Your husband eats the lunch leftovers that you were looking forward to. And, let’s face it, the water cooler chats simply suck.
Sound familiar? If so, here are some ways to improve your work from home situation until things get back to normal.
4 Working From Home Tips to Make Life Easier
#1 Get the Right Chair
I discovered that the most significant element of your working environment is your office chair. Since the right chair is so specific to your anatomy, you must sit in it before purchasing one. Don’t buy your desk chair online and don’t buy a low-end model. Trust me, your back will thank you.
#2 Embrace Natural Light
The value of natural light cannot be overstated. Of course, you’ll need to be able to adjust the amount of light your window lets in and you’ll need to position your desk and computer screen to prevent glare. I don’t recommend putting your office in the middle of the house unless you can get the proper amount of light and peace and quiet you need to get your work done.
#3 Consider Your Desk Size
A lot of people assume they have to have more desk space than they actually need. I’ve seen people with desks so large that I was left baffled as to how they got it into the space. Consider that a smaller desk is also a less cluttered desk (in theory). Plus, if you have to get out of your chair to reach across your desk, that’s a lot of disruption to your workflow.
Choose a desk that not only suits your needs, but also complements your existing decor. Are you looking for glass, hardwood, melamine, or a painted material? You should accessorize with colors that complement your decor. Artwork, reference books, attractive storage containers or shelving, and a trendy desk lamp should all be included. Make it a place where you want to spend your time.
#4 Physical Separation From Your Partner May be Key
Physical separation appears to be essential, and it’s even better if you and your significant other choose separate sides of the house. Some employees listen to music or watch television while working, which can irritate people who prefer to work in silence. Some people bring clients in, and others have several phone meetings. The concept of a partner’s desk just seems like a really bad idea.