For many of us, working from home is the new norm. Trying to get the perfect work balance/home life in the same environment can be tricky. But here are a few tips to make your new home office more comfortable to work from.
Location, location, location
Many of us are lucky enough to have a spare room to turn into an office, but if you don’t. Find a suitable small area in your home that’s both quiet and not distracting to work from. Make sure its a space that is comfortable and easy to work from after your daily tasks.
Bright and breezy
Make sure your home office has natural light and preferably a window to allow for fresh air. Working in a space that has plenty of sunlight will work wonders for your mood and productivity levels, and fresh air helps to keep us alert whilst enhancing concentration. Simply by setting up your desk or laptop facing a window, you’ll be able to feel relaxed and find it more visible pleasing when making a video call to your colleagues.
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Get personal and creative
Customisation makes all the difference, so if you’re finding your current setup a little bland, try adding some pictures or ornaments. We’ve seen some excellent examples of home offices that our colleagues have created, including everything from framed images of music legends to homemade decorations.
Add some greenery
Placing plants around your workspace is another great way to improve your mood and mental health plus plants can add cleaner air to your work space. If real living are not your thing due to allergies, try adding artifical plants. Humans can’t help but be cheered up by greenery and flowers, as they add extra life to our day. On top of this, plants in particular need looking after, especially if they’re seedlings – this gives us a sense of responsibility and pride, which can result in an increased feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day.
Listen to some music
Listening to your favourite music is an effective method of reducing stress and anxiety. In fact, if you ever feel a little isolated whilst working remotely, a radio show or podcast might alleviate the loneliness. Just make sure to choose something that doesn’t distract you from your duties and you’ll most likely find that the day runs more smoothly when there are tunes in the background.