Creating a dedicated office in your home improves your focus, efficiency, and comfort while you work. Whether you work completely from home or have a hybrid schedule, use these three tips for upgrading your home office for remote work.
1. Move to a Quiet Location
If your home office setup is in a part of your home that experiences heavy foot traffic, consider moving your workspace to a quieter location. While it’s convenient to complete simple tasks in a kitchen office nook, distractions will likely bombard you if you use the space for your nine-to-five.
Consider underutilized zones in your home, such as a formal living room, formal dining room, or large closet. If you want more space and separation from the rest of the house, convert your garage into a home office. A garage office is especially attractive if you plan to work from home permanently.
2. Use Ergonomic Furniture
Your desk and chair are key pieces of furniture that affect your productivity and comfort at work. When you choose home office furniture, take ergonomic design into account. Ergonomic furniture keeps your body in a comfortable position throughout the day.
An adjustable-height desk and chair make it easier to minimize stress on your spine, neck, hips, and wrists. Sit-stand seating and stand-up desks add even more flexibility to your workspace.
Whatever furniture you choose, adjust your office chair so that your knees are about level with your hips when you sit. For your comfort, your wrists should be straight, with your hands at or below elbow level when your hands are on the keyboard or mouse. Place the computer monitor at eye level so you don’t crane your neck to see the screen.
3. Declutter and Organize
Another tip for upgrading your home office is to declutter and organize. One of the persistent challenges of remote work is keeping home and office life separate. Periodically return out-of-place items to where they belong in other areas of your home to maintain the divide.
Organize cables to reduce safety hazards, improve equipment longevity, and create a welcoming space. Digitize notes and documents when possible to keep paper clutter manageable.
Organization helps you live your I-Deal-Lifestyle by making your environment less stressful. Make a daily habit of ending your workday with a quick five-minute period of straightening up or tidying your desk, storage cubbies, and filing cabinets.
Marla Stone, MSW REALTOR® License ID: 01823712 Nora Gallogly Group Beverly & Co. DRE#02078273 i-deal-lifestyle.com | Direct (949) 709-7000 |
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