Work & Wellbeing

How to Set Up a Home Office

Business Advice | 12 November 2022 | 1 year ago

If you are wondering how to set up a home office, you have come to the right place. People have always worked from home but, since the pandemic, this number has increased. Though a home office is by no means a necessary part of working remotely, it does help you to work from home in a successful, productive and comfortable way. Here are some of the key ways to set up the ideal home office.

Office Accessories

When you are setting up a home office, you need to think about the accessories and equipment that you need. For example, you will need a chair and a desk. Depending on your job role and industry, you might need a second computer screen or specialist equipment. It’s also a good idea to add decorations to inject some personality into the room and make it unique to you, rather than a standard office.

Light

It’s important to have good lighting in a home office, which is why you should choose a room that gets a good amount of natural light. Not only does it make it easier to work in good lighting, but natural light can actually improve your productivity. Working in a dark or poorly lit room can make you feel tired, sluggish and unfocused.

Ergonomics

As you will be spending a lot of time in your home office, factor ergonomics into your home office design. Ergonomics relates to how comfortable and supportive your workstation is. There are a lot of benefits that come with opting for a standard desk – such as lowering your risk of obesity and reducing back pain – and they are considered to be better for you than standard desk and chair setups.

Declutter

It can be difficult to work in a messy and untidy work space, so declutter as much as possible before you begin working. If you are struggling to ‘hide’ away your clutter, consider investing in some additional storage. Instead of hoarding used mugs and out of date paperwork, keep on top of everything by spending a few minutes each day ensuring that your home office is tidy.

Limit Distractions

A lot of people struggle to concentrate when they are working from home. This is because your home is full of distractions; pets, television, family, music, podcasts, magazines and the freedom to spend as much time cooking as you like can all hinder your productivity. Without anyone there to keep an eye on you, it’s very easy to get distracted. Ensuring that you have no distractions will help you to focus.

Camera Ready

With more and more meetings being conducted online, it’s important to have a suitable background for video calls. This will help you to look professional, so make sure to adjust your background before any video calls begin. Inappropriate posters, drying washing, family members wandering around and a messy home could all prevent you from looking professional in your home office. When you are thinking about your home office design, think about how the room looks to others.

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