Working from home might have sounded like an exciting change a few months ago. Longer sleep, no commute, and a day in PJs had its appeal. But as many workers around the globe are starting to find out, an extended period of not leaving home can have negative effects. After all, most homes are not designed for office work. This has lead to impromptu home desk setups, which are far from ideal at best. Being a remote-first company, we at Tilt have some experience in making remote work, work. In this article, we will be sharing our top tips for setting up your home desk for success.
We don’t get to go to work anymore, but that does not mean we no longer need working space. Having clear boundaries between your living space and your working space can go a long way in helping you switch on and equally important, switch off. You don’t want to feel like you’re at work all the time, but you also need to be able to switch to work-mode and get things done.
Not all homes have a dedicated working space and that’s ok. Even if you designate a corner on the dining table, the important thing is to dedicate some space to work and avoid the area when you’re not working or at the very least clear it up once done.
Clear the clutter
We get it, everyone is under a lot of stress right now. Having everything put in its place and looking tidy might not be our priority. However, a cluttered workspace does not help. From Feng Shui to Hygge to Marie Kondo, there are many different ways you can optimise space to help you bring calm and a sense of order when setting up your home desk.
You might need to move some things around or repurpose existing space and that is ok. Think of it as a weekend project you can do. It will help you take your mind off things and bring you a boatload of benefits come Monday morning.
It can be a rather easy to work off the sofa or stay in bed all day with your laptop close by but this can severely impact your physical and mental health. As we said earlier, having a dedicated working space is important but this should be comfortable enough that you can work your hours without breaking your back.
If you do not have a dedicated office chair or desk, make sure you take care of your posture. There are many ways to do this with such things as the Alexander technique which can help you avoid pain and discomfort. You might also want to add a footstool to help you maintain the right posture.
If there’s one advantage to working from home, it’s that you can personalise your space. Try to understand what makes you productive and ultimately enjoy the space that much more. Whether it’s picture frames or a motivational quote you wrote yourself, this is the opportunity to set up your space just the way you want it.
Play some relaxing music if this makes you feel better. You can also find apps that simulate certain sounds such as office bustle and rain gently tapping the window for the ultimate cosy feeling.
A slow PC or internet connection can be frustrating on the best of days. Making sure everything is running in tip-top shape can help you avoid slowdowns and feelings of irritation. Give your PC some TLC and avoid downloading any large files during work hours. Keep your open tabs to a minimum and ensure that you keep your antivirus up-to-date.
Make sure your monitor is set at eye-level (box files can make a nice stand if it’s too low) and that you don’t sit too close to the monitor. If you have an older Windows machine, make sure you run regular maintenance checks for updates too.
At Tilt, we’re experts in remote working technology, if your a business owner or IT manager looking to take your organisation’s remote working to the next level, get in touch today.