Working from home
Since lockdown, many people have had to create a home office overnight. For those with a spare room or who already worked from home on occasion, this is less of an issue. However, for many people, space is already tight and adding in home working along with home schooling is pushing everyone to the limit – physically and mentally!
So, I thought it might be useful to share a few design tips on creating a productive space for working from home. Whilst particularly relevant now, the same pointers can be used for anyone needing to create a dedicated workspace – young & old.
- Aim for natural light. Sunlight is strongly linked to energy, mood & productivity.
- Sit comfortably. Invest in a good, supportive chair & position your screen, keyboard & mouse ergonomically.
- If you can, set aside a dedicated desk. If your only option is a dining table then opt for some decent storage to go alongside this.
- Working alongside Point 3, invest in some box files/storage options for files, pens etc. This allows the shared space to function as a desk when needed and family table when the work day ends.
- If you’re sharing your workspace with a partner/family, set up a system to let people know when you need quiet time for calls/Zoom meetings.
- A few tweaks can really elevate your workspace. Studies show plants can help reduce stress and increase focus and/or a pop of colour is always a mood-lifter. Think bright stationery, planters, mouse mat or even your mug.
- Take breaks – regular, short breaks can help maintain energy levels and focus. Make a coffee, stand in the garden or walk around the block.
If you’re lucky enough to have a whole room to use as a home office then get in touch. We’ll be happy to help you create a space you look forward to arriving in each day.