With more and more people looking to work from home nowadays, creating the perfect working environment indoors has become an important issue. There’s no point in taking this step if you are going to be unable to produce work of the required standard, and to do that you have to be as comfortable as possible. Here are a few tips to take into consideration before you say good bye to the commute forever.
In most modern offices, a lot of thought would have gone into the selection of furniture. Ergonomic chairs are common, and if an individual decides to work from home in an uncomfortable seating position it will soon prove problematic. Therefore, before committing to home working, it’s a good idea to invest in a well-made and properly-designed office seat.
Create a working itinerary
One of the things that many people fail to consider is the fact that efficient working can be hampered by the many distractions that exist in the home. Social networking, answering phone calls and watching TV, even for a few minutes at a time, can all get in the way of a productive day. Therefore, it’s an absolute must that you organise your work time, and stick to a schedule as much as you possibly can.
Two screens are better than one
If you plan to work on a computer screen for most of the day, it may pay you to work on two of them instead. Having two screens open at any one time makes many tasks far more efficient, even if you simply connect a laptop to a PC. It’s surprising how much simpler working can become, and many people who have become accustomed to the ‘two are better than one’ scenario find it difficult ever working with one screen again.
Take regular breaks
Even if your salary is linked to your actual output, it’s still vital that you take the occasional break to recharge your batteries. Failing to do so will soon result in a feeling of lethargy and tiredness, and that will soon have a negative effect on the quality of your work. If you just stop to enjoy a coffee for a few minutes, it’s always a good idea to do so away from the computer screen.
Have a few tunes ready
The presence of a little music in the background not only helps to pass the time, it also serves as a welcome reminder that this is YOUR working environment. You can choose a radio station, a few of your favourite CDs or perhaps a playlist from iTunes or Spotify, the choice is entirely up to you. After all, you work from home now!
David Showell lives in the UK and works from home for carhiredirect.co.uk.