- Keeping Your Work Life Separate From Your Personal Life
Let’s begin with the most obvious first step, which is keeping work and pleasure separate. You may have every intention of keeping the two separate when setting up your office, but because you’re operating out of a home office, it is inevitable that the two will eventually overlap.
What to do:
Make it a priority to check out your space regularly to see if any distractions from your personal life have made their way into your workspace. This can include such things as a television, gaming systems, or anything else that may distract you from completing your work. Any distracting items that shouldn’t be there should be stored away out of site.
Maintaining the boundary that keeps your work life and home life separate is extremely important. Doing so can have a profound psychological impact on your work and personal life.
For more information on this concept, consider reading 10 tip to make “Working from home” work for you.
- Don’t Overlook The Importance Of Seating
Most people do not get proper seating support. Are you one of them? Seating support and comfort are often overlooked when setting up a home office, but both are extremely important when it comes to productivity.
Because it plays such an important role in productivity, you should make an effort to invest in a seating set up that offers the best support for you.
The AAFP states that 90% of adults will eventually have back pain during their lifetime. Nearly half of workers in this country experience back pain every year. If back pain becomes a chronic condition, it can have a negative effect on your overall health, your mood will suffer, and ultimately so will your work productivity. This is why it is so important to choose the right desk chair.
What To Do Next:
If your chair isn’t measuring up, you need to get one that does. Before doing so, make sure you do your research first to learn about getting a proper, ergonomically designed chair that is appropriate for your needs. The one drawback of these chairs is cost. They can be quite expensive. If the price is out of reach for now, there are support options available that can be used to improve the support of your current chair.
- Lighting and Natural Improvements
Using improper lighting is another mistake often made in home offices. It is not unusual to see people using a desk lamp that is either too bright or too dim to allow them to work effectively. If you can use natural lighting from the sun, it would be even better. Depending on your home office location, using natural lighting may not be an option as it requires plenty of windows to allow sunlight in. If it is an option, take advantage of it.
Not only will it improve your working conditions, exposure to sunlight can boost your mood and often helps people sleep better. Lack of sunlight can have the opposite effect, and is often responsible for the lethargy many suffer from during winter months when people spend most of their time indoors. Relying on natural light does have its drawbacks however. If you work at night or during dark, cloudy says, you’ll have to use artificial lighting to light your workspace.
What to Do:
People respond differently to different light intensities and tones, and the only way to find out which works best for your situation is to experiment with different intensities until you find the one you prefer. If your work space is large enough, consider adding multiple lighting options for maximum benefit.
At least one of these fixtures must provide direct lighting over your desk because this is where you will be doing most of your work.
If you do a lot of work on your computer, it’s also important to optimize the brightness and contrast settings on your monitor for eye comfort. Getting these wrong can result in eye strain and headaches. You can find more information on these settings online.
Other great natural additions to the home office include plants, which have been proven to increase wellbeing and productivity levels. The sound of trickling water is also a big plus and these fountains from SoothingWalls.com provide that nice natural noise that a lot of people say is relaxing.
- Don’t Fall Behind In The Tech Race
When working from home, it’s important that you keep up with the latest advances in technology. Do you often get error messages or have constant recurring issues with things like you computer or printer? These can not only be frustrating, but also a time drain if you have to take time out of your work schedule to take care of them.
Everyone likes to avoid spending money unnecessarily, so it’s understandable that you would like to hold on to these devices as long as possible if you’re able to get some use from them. But are you really saving money? If your time is worth anything at all, you are likely losing money through the time you regularly waste keeping these things running.
And that’s just the money. Having to deal with these issues over and over can have a negative effect on your mood as well. This can not only affect your productivity, it can also have a negative effect on your health as well. Data loss and system crashes that cause you to miss deadlines can also be more expensive than simply replacing your outdated devices.
What to do:
Make sure you conduct regular preventive maintenance on your devices, and keep your operating system and antivirus updated on your computer. Make sure you conduct an antivirus scan daily. These can be scheduled to happen while you’re asleep. You must back up all important data regularly.
- Augmenting Your Tech
You may not be getting the most out of your current tech set up. There may be more features available on your devices that you aren’t using.
You will learn over time what you might be missing from your set up that can make your office run more effectively and efficiently.
What to do:
Make a list of features that can improve your workspace that you are currently lacking As an example, it may be your business needs could be improved by adding a second monitor. If so and you’re using a Windows operating system, this is a feature you already have available to you. You’ll just have to add the monitor of course.
Note: This is a guest post.