New to Working from Home? Our Tips on Converting Your Apartment into a Successful Workplace
With the current state of the world, many are working from home for the first time and discovering that the dining room table or kitchen counter just isn’t conducive to extended work sessions. If you are feeling challenged to find a sufficient space that will serve as a comfortable and productive workspace, we’ve got some welcome guidance.
Where Are the Fewest Distractions?
Likely the most distraction-free area of your home will be away from the TV, the kitchen and other people. It can also be helpful to establish with your family and friends that even if you are home, you are still working and need time and space to do so.
Get Set Up
You don’t necessarily need an entire room for your home office, but the following will be essential:
- You will need an outlet nearby to keep your computer and phone charged. You will also likely need to be in range of WiFi if your work requires email or use of the internet.
- If you don’t have a desk with proper storage, boxes or baskets can hold paper, pens, charging cables – whatever you think you might need close at hand. Think outside the box for a DIY solution, such as an old door propped on top of filing cabinets. Check out our other creative ideas here: https://blog.onradpad.com/apartment-sized-study-dens/
- Important for the hours you will need to stay focused will be a back-friendly chair; if you don’t have a traditional office chair, cushions and sturdy pillows can be used to provide support where you need it. An ergonomic keyboard will reduce strain on your wrists, arms and shoulders.
- Natural light will promote relaxation, keep you in tune to the passage of time and promote a connection to the outside world even while camped at home. A task light, even if you work primarily on the computer, will help reduce eye strain and create a soothing atmosphere.
- If your employer doesn’t offer IT support, there are a variety of tech support businesses that have sprung up in recent years to help a growing work-from-home audience and an increase in tech in the home – so you’re not alone if you get stuck!
Manage Your Time
While at home, you might be tempted to take care of home-related chores, such as laundry, dishes, creating a grocery list or even to just linger over social media. It might be useful to build in time to satisfy these urges. Some might find the morning is best for work while the rest of the world is also focused on their daily to-do lists and the evenings might be more suited to taking care of personal tasks. Whatever works best for you, setting up a schedule you can commit to can help you budget your time.
You might find you are sitting for longer periods of time than you usually do at the office without the distractions of other people around and regular meetings. Remember to get up and walk around every once in a while, or at least stretch.
In the end, everyone is different and will have different needs to set up a successful working environment at home. For that reason, establishing a bit of structure can make a significant difference in your productivity.