As much as we’re all about optimism and hoping
for the best no matter the circumstances, the fact is the COVID-19 pandemic is
still with us, keeping many of us working from home for the foreseeable future.
In order to do this and keep your sanity, you
need to set yourself up for success. Part of this involves creating a more ideal home office space,
designed to maximize productivity and fine-tune your focus. We’ve got five
suggestions to help get you started…
Reimagine Your Space
Those of us who aren’t used to working from
home are probably feeling like the perks of pajamas have lost their lustre.
Many people miss their regular work environment, their colleagues, their routine. While we can’t change the
COVID-19 pandemic or predict when it will end, we can help strategize little
ways to make things more bearable in the meantime.
-Start with the basics: It might seem beyond obvious, but if you’re going to be working from
home you need to supply yourself with a comfortable chair and desk. Relying on
an old folding chair and card table that you found in the garage isn’t going to
cut it and will make your work day feel longer. Invest in your comfort and
increase your productivity by ensuring that you have the right working space.
-Creature comforts are key: As much as long working hours require the right desk and chair, you
might also consider an extra creature comfort or two. For instance, a foot rest
can make all the difference and give your feet a break from being planted flat
on the ground for hours at a time. We also highly recommend comfy socks to
complete the look!
-Broadcast on the big screen: Your super compact laptop might be convenient on the go or for short
bursts of emailing, but squinting for long stretches isn’t just aggravating, it
can cause fatigue, now known as digital eye strain, and even headaches. Skip
all that by shopping for a monitor that connects to your smaller machine and
broadcasts what you need to read and respond to -- on the big screen. Trust us,
your eyes will thank you.
-Stay connected at your
convenience: In other words, buy Bluetooth and
wireless accessories as much as your budget will allow. Focus on a wireless
keyboard, mouse, and printer so that you have the freedom and flexibility to
change up your working environment if you need some fresh perspective -- or
just fresh air. By going wireless with some of the most common working
components, you afford yourself some freedom of movement -- something the
pandemic has restricted.
-Protect against positive ions: Unfortunately, the shift to working from home means more hours logged
in and around electronic devices. A commonly experienced drawback to working
from home is the inability to maintain boundaries between professional and
personal life. Many people end up logging more hours and never really being off
the clock. Consistent exposure to positive ions can
aggravate workplace stressors causing increased anxiety
and depression, which are already regularly reported due to the uncertainty
surrounding the pandemic. Selecting a negative ion bracelet or magnet bracelet to wear on a daily basis is a
good start to consistently accessing the physical and psychological benefits that research has
attributed to negative ions.