"With everything going on in the world today, creating a home office that boosts your productivity is important. Here's some tips that will help you get started."

How to Set Up a Work From Home Office

How to Set Up a Work From Home Office

More and more of us are having to work from home in the modern age, and that’s usually a good thing. It can definitely give you more freedom when it comes to managing your days. However, having a good home office and a setup that is conducive to getting a lot done is a great way to maximize your comfort as well as your efficiency and effectiveness at work.

A dedicated space

If you’ve ever tried to work from home without having an allocated space where you can get things done, you’ll know how important this tip is. If you have other people sharing the house, or even pets, you can find that there are distractions all the time. Even if you don’t get distracted by people, it helps to have a different space for work to separate your mindset from “relaxation time” to “work time”.

Proper monitor height

You will probably need a monitor, or even multiple monitors, in your home workspace. It’s amazing how many people don’t consider where the monitors are going at all.

When you look straight ahead towards your monitor, your eyes should be around 25% below the very top of the monitor’s screen. Otherwise, you’ll be hunching and getting in a terrible posture. It’s surprisingly easy to do yourself an injury like this, and you need to think about the fact that you will be looking at this monitor for hours every single day. The repetitive strain on your body is not a good idea.

A good chair

This is a similar consideration to the monitor, in that your chair needs to support you in all those hours spent at your desk. Poor posture contributed to having a bad chair is one of the leading causes of back problems.

When you are putting a chair in your home office, don’t settle for the chair at your dining table. Instead, invest in a proper office chair that provides lumbar support. If you aren’t getting the right support then your spinal discs can take a lot of the pressure, so you are much more likely to pull something.

On top of that, you want to be comfortable while you are working, right? A good chair is one of the most effective ways to ensure that you are not distracted from your work and that you’re happy to go and spend time at your desk. You can even invest in some luxury such as heated or massaging features.

Good lighting

If you can take advantage of natural light then it is wise to do so. This is best for the environment, and it is also helpful for getting more done. Light can boost our mood and make us feel like we have more energy.

Alternatively, why not consider LED lighting or even smart lighting that you can set to replicate natural light? Tungsten light is more likely to make us feel relaxed and therefore possibly less productive. Similarly, if you make yourself a workspace that is dark then it is far less likely that you will get as much done. It’s simply not good for the body or brain, so make sure you are getting your vitamin D.

Good internet service

In the modern age, the world runs on the internet. This is usually a good thing! It allows us access to people all over the world, and the business world would go into a meltdown without it.

Your day of work, whether you are self-employed or working for a company, probably involves a lot of online communication and not just emails. Zoom calls and other video and audio calls require good internet service. On top of that, you might need to access servers or large file downloads that become difficult if you just don’t have an internet connection that can handle it.

Invest in the best internet you can get. Even though it might be limited based on your location and how rurally you live, most people can get an internet connection to their house that can stand up to the rigors of modern demands.

Less Is More

When it comes to considering what is going to go in your office, it is usually a good idea to think about what you are going to miss out on rather than what you are going to include. Adding lots of high-tech gadgets, such as smart ac installation or decoration can seem like a great idea, and who wouldn’t want a fancy radio and TV screen in the office? The truth is that most of the time, these things are just distractions. A simple, organized workspace is the best way to get things done.

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Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie is the content curator and resource hoarder of all things tiny houses. She believes everyone can live a sustainable lifestyle, no matter the size of your house. Connect with Stephanie through LinkedIn or her done-for-you marketing agency, Employed By Life Online.
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