These days, most companies are gearing towards work from home options. Thus, employees have no choice but to try and make their home as comfortable as possible to work. If you’re looking for tips on how to setup your home office, here are some helpful tips to get started!
Tip #1: Ensure there’s plenty of light
Ideally, it’s best to place your desk where natural light can shine through such as beside the window. Plus, daylight is known to boost productivity and focus. Besides, sunlight helps to improve one’s mental health too.
If you’re always performing focused-tasks, then it’s best to get a desk lamp. A good rule of thumb is to place light where it won’t cause any glare or shadow such as behind you.
Tip #2: Choose an ergonomic chair & appropriate table
When it comes to working for long hours, getting a comfortable chair is important to ensure that you don’t get any backaches. The ideal height of the table and chair is when your feet is flat, with your back straight, and elbows should be 90 degrees.
Most comfortable chairs usually cost around RM400 and above. These are the ones that have good thigh, back and arm support. As for tables, consider the ones that already have drawers in them so you put some essentials in them.
Tip #3: Surround yourself with nature
Did you know houseplants can eliminate harmful toxins in the air? For example, plants such as snake plants or english ivy are great to clear the air. Plants are also known reduce stress, anxiety, and boost creativity or productivity.
Other than plants, you can also consider flowers as they are known to boost one’s mood and generally make people feel happier. Opt for flowers such as peace lilly, geranium and jasmine.
Tip #4: Place an accent table and sofa for breaks
For times when you’re just taking a break, using an accent table near to a sofa would be ideal. You can’t work for 8 hours straight, right? A loveseat or 3-seater sofa would be suitable as it won’t take up so much room. The accent table serves as a place for you to put your drinks while chilling on the sofa. The sofa also serves as a place guests to sit down.
Tip #5: Include a bookshelf
Placing a bookshelf in your home office encourages you to brush up some skills and gain more knowledge. As you know, reading helps to broaden our minds while sparking more creativity. It also looks more organized as you can place books in a neat matter. You can also consider placing your files and others on the bookshelf to make it professional.
If you don’t have enough space for a bookshelf, you can consider getting floating shelves.
Tip #6: Use the right tech tools
Since you’ll probably be having lots of remote meetings, you definitely need to get good quality technology such as microphone, camera and headphones. You also need to have either a laptop or a desktop - whichever you’re the most comfortable with.
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