Setting yourself up for working from home

Working from home has become more common in recent years, with people enjoying the flexibility and better work-life balance it provides. But like any other workspace, you need to set yourself up for success to make sure you can work efficiently and effectively. Here are a few tips for setting up your home office:

1. Designate a workspace

It's important to have a designated workspace in your home. It should be an area of the house where you can work without distraction and with minimal interruption from family members or roommates. You also want to ensure that this space is comfortable and has a good ergonomic desk and chair. If you have children, it's best to keep your home office separate from the living room or their play area so they're able to tell when you're working.

2. Ensure bright lighting

While working from home, it's important to have a work area that's light and airy. If there aren't many windows, bright lighting will be essential, especially if you're going to be working for long periods at a time in the same place. While natural light is best, you can use natural light bulbs instead of fluorescent ones if the room is small or dark. If there are windows in your home office that get a lot of natural daylight, consider angling your desk so you're facing them and not sitting with your back towards them.

3. Respect each other's privacy

If you and your partner are both working from home, there's no reason you can't work from the same office, but make sure you have your own dedicated desks. Plus, to limit distractions and ensure privacy: • Use headphones when listening to music or podcasts • Leave the room when talking on the phone, especially if the other person is in a meeting themselves or focusing on an important task

4. Make the space your own

When creating a workspace, it's important to keep your personality in mind. This is your space, so to make it somewhere you're inspired to work, it needs to feel like you. Your workspace should be inviting and functional as well as fun and personal. Use your imagination when decorating—you may want to incorporate things that make you happy, like artwork or plants. A good way to get started is by taking some time to think about what kind of environment you'd like in your home office/studio/etc.

5. Add some greenery

Plants can help improve air quality, making your workspace healthier for both you and any clients or colleagues who will be visiting you. They also add colour to an otherwise bland work environment, which can help to make an otherwise boring space more exciting.

6. Keep it tidy

To stay productive and professional, you need a workspace that feels right for you. You don't want to be distracted by clutter or have issues with safety while working from home. A messy or cluttered space can make you feel like the place is falling apart around you, and this can cause anxiety when trying to focus on work-related tasks. Keeping a clean and organised space will allow for better concentration.

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