The current global pandemic is undoubtedly one of the biggest reasons that motivated people to shift towards a remote working setup. Regardless of this health crisis, though, we believe that this change in the landscape would still happen inevitably as we slowly transition towards further digitalization, albeit more gradually.
We understand, though, that this transition is not always easy for everyone, especially those who have been used to working at an actual office for years. Fortunately, there are methods to make the process easier and ensure that your level of productivity doesn’t suffer that much.
Choose a Dedicated Workspace
The first thing that you need to consider is where to place your workspace. Some people might be lucky enough to have an extra room for spare, but a lot of us would probably have to make do with whatever space is available.
We understand how tempting it is to just work in bed, or at your dining table. However, getting a dedicated workspace is essential not just in achieving a work mindset, but also in preventing your work from infiltrating your personal life.
Getting a desk that will meet your needs and preferences is the next thing that you need to take care of after finding the ideal workspace at home. Those who have an actual home office can definitely consider getting a massive desk system like an executive or rectangular desk.
Meanwhile, those who have limited floor space can opt for a simple computer table, corner desk, or even a wall-mounted one.
We suggested placing it against the wall to minimize visual distraction.
Invest in a Good Chair
Since you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting down, getting a comfortable and ergonomically-designed chair is essential to prevent back pain and spinal issues. Hence, allow us to share with you the factors to consider when choosing one for a smarter purchase decision:
- Adjustability. This is one of the most important features when choosing an office chair. Having a chair with an adjustable height allows you to get your thighs horizontal with the floor which is ideal for optimum comfort. Meanwhile, having the chance to adjust the backrest to your preferred angle is ideal as well to further add comfort and minimize muscle pain.
- Breathability. We know how elegant a leather chair looks. However, it’s not the most comfortable material to sit on for an extended period of time either. Instead, we recommend a piece made of fabric or mesh material to allow your skin to breathe and prevent skin irritation.
- Mobility. Finally, get a chair that allows you to move and swivel when needed to prevent your neck from getting strained whenever you need to work at an awkward angle. While you can always move a stationary chair to your desired angle, you are still less likely to do so if it’s not as convenient.
Once you have your workspace all set up, it’s time to get some decent lighting. It’s preferable to have your desk near a window for some natural light in the morning. However, those of us who work well into the night will definitely need an alternative source.
One study shows that your choice of lighting temperature plays a role in your productivity and mental clarity. Apparently, it was found that while warm lighting induces creativity, it can also encourage calmness and relaxation that can then bring about sleepiness.
Hence, you probably want to use cool and bright lighting instead. It’s said to spark alertness, improve focus and mental clarity, and promote energy and alertness.
Finally, complete your workspace with a carpet. This will separate your work area from the rest of the room more efficiently than a desk. It can also bring additional warmth to your feet. Most importantly, we have found carpets efficient in sound absorption.
You can choose from a wide variety of different carpets online. You can opt for a plain, textured piece or one that sports a geometric pattern for a more minimalist aesthetic, or choose a vintage patterned piece for a more dramatic appeal.
To Sum up
Transitioning from a traditional work setup to a remote one at home can be both exciting and intimidating. There are different factors that one should consider, after all. First, you need to find an ideal work location at home. It must be a quiet space that receives natural light.
Next, a desk is a requirement. Just working anywhere at home with no set space is a big no-no since it would blur your personal and professional boundaries.
Don’t forget to invest in an ergonomic chair and bright lighting to prevent muscle pain and boost mental clarity respectively.
Finally, getting a carpet is a good idea to add visual interest to your workspace while minimizing noise as well.