How to Set Up a Home Office Area for Working from Home

There has never been a greater demand or need for work-from-home policies than there has been today due to the coronavirus pandemic that has enveloped the entire world. And because the United States accounts for almost 600,000 cases of the aforementioned virus, working from home has now become a critical necessity until the outbreak has been completely contained.

For those who had experience working from home, they need not worry much. As for those who are not familiar with it or didn’t do it on a regular basis, they’ll need some time to get adjusted to this method of putting bread on the table until life gets back to normal. If you happen to be one of those regular office-goers, then this is just the guide you need.

Here are some of the finest tips you’ll need in setting up a home office:

Tips For Working From Home

1.   Set Up A Home Workspace

The ideal home office setup is about separating your work life from your house life.  A typical work-from-home setup may include a computer, along with a keyboard and a mouse. But for other workers, the setup may be entirely different.

Graphic artists, for instance, may require a small desk for their computer and a larger table for their artwork. A photographer might make an in-home studio out of any extra rooms in their house as well as a separate storage space for their lighting equipment and props. This kind of separation may be even tougher for those who live in small apartments where one room serves as their office, living room, kitchen, and dining room.

That’s why it’s essential to establish a dedicated workspace at home that closely mimics the environment at your office. What’s more, is that you should also feel comfortable and productive at the same time.

2.   Include Natural Lighting

If possible, look into an area inside your house or apartment room that offers good natural lighting. Natural lighting is said to positively impact one’s physical and mental well-being. It helps reduce eye strain and headaches so that you can be more productive on a daily basis and be much healthier in the long run.

If that’s not possible, then you can set up your own home office lighting that is identical to the ones at your typical workplace. This kind of lighting is especially useful at night, if or when you’re working overtime.

Another way to improve your work-from-home productivity is to include a plant or two in your remote workspace. Several scientific studies have found that plants are beneficial in reducing stress, boosting productivity, reducing sickness, absence rates, noise levels, providing clean air and enhancing creativity.

3.   Always Be Dressed For The Occasion

Just because you’re working from home, doesn’t mean you can operate the laptop your company gave you in your pajamas. Besides, there’s a thing known as telecommuting where work-from-home employees communicate with their bosses via video conferencing tools like Skype and Zoom, email as well as a smartphone.

Although you don’t exactly need to be dressed as formally as you might for work, being dressed for the occasion does inform your superiors that you’ve gotten up and you’re putting in the hours for work. Being properly dressed also differentiates you between being at work and being at home.

4.   Try To Minimize Or Eliminate Distractions

Working from home doesn’t mean you can get too comfortable for your own good to the point where you forget that you need to earn for you and your family’s future. That’s why eliminating distractions is another crucial step to consider when deciding how to set up a home office.

You must make sure your dedicated workspace allows you to concentrate mainly on your work and prevent third-party sounds and noise from roommates, children, and your spouse from affecting your overall productivity.

Instruct your loved ones to turn the volume of the television down or keep it off until you’re finished with your daily shift. You can have someone in your house look after your kids and pets.

If you’re the type who functions better with background music, then you can set the mood right with some relaxing jazz or anything similar.

When it comes to distractions, there is nothing more profound than that of social media. People of all ages are known to be around various channels from time to time, looking into their message feed for either news or communicating with their loved ones.

If nothing else works, then get yourself some noise-canceling headphones so that you’ll never deviate from your office tasks.

5.   Stay In Touch With Your Colleagues And Employers

If you’re someone who always engages in in-person meetings and interactions for decision-making, working from home during the pandemic can be quite the blow. This has especially been the case due to social distancing. Fortunately, we live in the most fortunate era of Skype, Zoom, Slack and other digital software and apps that allow us to communicate with our friends, relatives, as well as office colleagues and superiors.

What’s the point of having a remote workspace without being able to communicate with the world outside of our houses admits this lockdown? This way, we’ll know what the state of the world is like and how the situation in our city/country is turning out to be during the pandemic.

6.   Practice Proper Time Management

Several studies have shown that you can be more productive at work if you get up from your work desk and move around. These brief moments to ourselves that we take from our work actually helps improve our focus and other mental capabilities. But when we work from home, it can be quite easy to lose track of time and before we think of it, we’ll have worked 14 hours for a third consecutive day.

Whether you’re working from your office or at home, it’s important to set up a daily schedule for yourself and keep track of your tasks/office assignments.

What’s also important is that you should schedule frequent short breaks so that you can give your mind and your body some reprieve in order to recharge your batteries. To some companies and employers, taking breaks, that too even short ones, may seem counterproductive. But research, however, seems to indicate the opposite. Therefore, you should give yourself some time to either enjoy some fresh air, while practicing social distancing, smell the flowers in your garden, listen to the birds or take a short lap around your house or perhaps even watch some relaxing videos.

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