You may find yourself still trying to adjust to this new setup, but you are not alone. Read on for some helpful tips on setting up a home office for remote work.
Dedicate a space for just workIf you have an extra room, you can create a small home office. Make sure you use this room only for work and try and keep everything inside work-related. Having a designated work area will keep you focused in ways that working from, say your living room, that is full of distractions, may not. When you enter this room, you will be entering your place of work, ready to be productive.
Make the most of what you haveIf an entire room isn’t available, that’s ok. Even in small spaces you can still carve out an area and dedicate it to work. Find a comfortable space in a room that you can work in all day without distraction, but make sure you can use it every day. You will associate this consistent workstation with your job and find that you will have better productivity. This article from MakeSpace has tips on ways to save space if your new work area happens to be in your bedroom.
Limit distractions as much as possibleWhether it’s at your kitchen table or in a separate room, make sure your home office area is free from distractions during work hours. Try to get your desk area as close to how it is at work. If you must set up at the kitchen table, make sure the morning paper still isn’t on it. Make sure you set up in a location that does not have a lot of distracting noises if possible, such as within earshot of a TV playing or a window open to a busy street. It may be beneficial to wear noise-canceling headphones if you live in a particularly loud building or neighborhood.
Decorate your work areaOne upside to working from home is that you have total input on the décor. Giving your environment a pleasing design will give you positive energy and put you in a good mood for work. Having to work every morning in a space not suited to your tastes will only start you off on the wrong foot. If you are looking for ideas on ways to design your work from home space, read this article from Insider.
Make sure to leave the house
You may not have a commute to get to work anymore, but you should still try to get outside at some point during the day. Without that physical separation of your work and home space, you may find them blending. Switch this up by leaving in the morning before you start work, whether it be to get coffee or walk around the block. When you come back it will feel like you’re entering your workspace for the day. You can also change your scenery or switch up your day on lunch. This article from flexjobs has ideas on how to best spend your breaks and have you feeling rejuvenated.
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