For many modern professionals, remote working is nothing new, but COVID-19 has changed working from home from novelty to necessity. Remote work can take some adjusting to, and these tips on how to organise a home office for productivity will help you make the most out of your home office.
Declutter and Storage
Whether you are have a designated home office or are working out of an existing room, the first stages in organisation should be to declutter anything that is not needed or within easy reach. To minimise distractions, storage is key here and its well worth investing in a suitable desk with drawers and a filing cabinet despite the size of your workspace.
If you are buying a new desk, it may be well worth choosing one with drawers already built-in. This will provide you with somewhere to keep your office essentials within easy reach, helping to keep your desk surface clear. Desk drawer units are often designed to slide underneath your existing desk, providing you with storage that takes up no additional floor area. Such furniture is available in various different sizes and styles, so you shouldn’t struggle to find something that will perfectly complement your office setup.
Never underestimate the importance of a good seat for your health and productivity! The majority of your day will be spent seated and your main expenditure should be invested in a chair with not only adequate lumbar support but also adjustable arm width and height, and the possibility of a swivel base. All chairs should swivel freely to allow for easy access to various parts of the desk, as if the chair doesn’t swivel freely, arm fatigue can result from over extending to reach various items.
Numerous studies have shown that natural light in office or homework spaces improves worker satisfaction and productivity. Workers in office environments with optimised natural light reported an 84 percent drop in symptoms of eye strain, headaches and blurred vision symptoms, which often result from prolonged computer and device use at work and can detract from productivity. More natural light translates to more alert employees. If possible position your home work space within natural light to remain productive and on task.
Positioning your computer monitor correctly is an important part of the ergonomic design for your computer workstation. A poorly positioned monitor could introduce awkward and uncomfortable postures which can eventually lead to a painful musculoskeletal disorder (MSD).
Another common problem created by a poorly placed monitor is eyestrain, which is also uncomfortable and can lead to health and productivity issues. Adjust the monitor height so that the top of the screen is at-or slightly below-eye level. Your eyes should look slightly downward when viewing the middle of the screen. Position the monitor at least 20 inches (51 cm) from your eyes-about an arm’s length distance.
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