How to Set Up Your Best Work-From-Home Station
The buzz of busy offices went quiet. College campuses no longer roared to life each day with students filling their classrooms and halls. Normalcy was dissolved and resurrected with a new definition. Working from home has become the new normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, acting as a solution to new social distancing requirements in a world desperate to stop the spread of the virus. It offered employees and management a new opportunity to continue working as best as they could, now from the comfort of their homes. With the concentration of the professional world now pushed online, Forbes reports that the widespread availability of technologies like Zoom and Slack have enabled workers to more smoothly adapt to this dimensional work-slash-home setup. As there is a strong likelihood this trend will continue towards 2021, crafting a workstation at your home that allows you to work with concentration and efficiency is paramount.
There is no longer the separation between home life and workspace. Before the pandemic, many got in a car or used public transportation to get to work, physically leaving the space they live in day-to-day. In working from home, you should choose a location in your living space that will allow for the conducive environment to focus on your job. It is important for the location to be quiet and free of distractions, with plenty of natural light (if possible) to prevent eye strain.
Consider the importance of privacy, too. As many do not have home offices or spare available rooms for use, privacy dividers can provide the desired illusion of a separated space. According to FlexJobs, you can get traditional dividers that sit on the floor or you can even utilize a curtain hung from the ceiling. This consistency will help create stability, and crafting a dedicated space for your work-from-home station removes the guesswork from choosing where to work from each day.
When setting up your work-from-home station, it is crucial to prioritize comfort, especially in your furniture. This concept also applies to your wardrobe, as choosing the right equipment for yourself will better delineate your work space from where you just woke up and dressed, getting you in the mindset for the professional setting. In discussion of furniture, an essential piece of equipment for your home office is an ergonomic chair. These chairs provide the proper support for your back when you’re sitting for long hours in an endless number of Zoom meetings.
Peggy Brown from Bush Business Furniture recommends shoppers to look for these features in an office chair: adjustable height, adjustable backrest and armrest, and built in lumbar support. A supportive chair works to increase productivity while removing the worry about back pains.
If there is one single thing to avoid when working from home, it’s this: don’t work from your bed or your couch! These spaces are associated with anti-work actions: sleeping, relaxing, and lounging - all of which should not be applied to your professional work. Doing work in these areas may encourage tiredness and cause you to lose focus easily. Separation from your ‘relaxation zone’ will enhance your workspace, and better allow you to enjoy the time you aren’t working.
But don’t forget to decorate your space and make it your own! Take advantage of the opportunity provided and embrace the perks that come from working at home: create the perfect playlist to have on in the background (the occasional dance break is highly encouraged), or try using an aromatherapy diffuser to give your area a relaxing, soothing feel. Small changes can work wonders in improving your professional environment, increasing productivity levels and efficiency while also providing a personalized space that feels like your own.
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