Although rolling out of bed straight to your laptop with your breakfast next to you sounds like a great plan, having a dedicated office workspace is of utmost importance to have a focused and purposeful working life. Keeping a good distance of your working and personal life is crucial, unfortunately, this line can become extremely blurry for a lot of people who are not used to the working from home format.
If going into the office each day is something that you have done for a long time, it is important to try to emulate this as much as possible in your work from home environment.
A lot of us don’t live in 3 bedroom detached homes and with that, don’t have a specific room or space for a home office, usually, this setup is within our living/dining space, but do you know what…that is completely fine and a viable option. Just make sure that you have separated your workspace from the rest of your home e.g. no working from the couch.
A really important point is to make your space as comfortable as possible, one way to do this and spend quite liberally on a comfy chair, this is a key element to creating a comfortable space.
A well-lit space is something you will want to have, this includes natural light, ceiling lights, and potentially a desk lamp. In the world of video conferencing, these are all considerations for a strong workspace in your home.
The lack of time outside in the open over time can take its toll, so the more you can gain natural light, the better you will feel and closer to normality.
A good home office should have the following considerations: a good spacious desk, comfortable chair, lamp, multiple screens if possible, to help with your workspace, space for your laptop on your desk. With these in place, it should provide the most resolute home workspace possible.
Remember, mentally turning on and off from work is something that everyone working from home must do to engage and disengage to keep a focused work ethic but also have good work/life balance.
Heading to the couch, whilst sounding good and comfy, will not help in keeping work and personal life separate.
Lastly, at the end of the day, you should close all tabs, windows, programs relating to work. By doing this it will allow you to “turn off” from your working life and engage in your family or free time.
Let’s not forget, striking this balance is something a lot of people struggle with, but is something we all should do for our mental health.
Also, make sure that when the opportunity arises you take the time to head outside and enjoy the sunshine. With not having the structure which comes with an office-based workday, adding the equivalent of a specific lunch break or break throughout the day will add value and health benefits to all workers based at home.