Some of us may have always worked from home, and others only just being forced to adapt thanks to the dreaded COVID-19. Ugh. I didn’t even say its name on my blog. For those joining the #WFH crew, welcome. It’s a world of fun. Not too much fun – productive fun of course. There are a few key elements that are essential to a workspace in your home. You need to build it and tweak it according to your daily functions. You’ll probably find your groove over the course of a week. An at home office should be two things. Stimulating and functional, and yet not cluttered or distracting. How do we find that balance you ask? It starts with strict consideration for what you allow to live on the sacred worktop that is your desk and where you choose to home that desk. I need background noise, but cannot compromise on my privacy. I’ve opted to nest my desk in a bright room, far enough from the rest of the household for some privacy, but still in a spot where I won’t feel completely deserted from the rest of society. If your current climate is working in a household perhaps with kids floating around or daily household distraction, a room with the option of doors might be something you’ll likely find important.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT SPOT FOR YOUR DESK
Often this is the most difficult part of the process. There’s a lot to consider here, like whether you thrive in a quiet room or a little bit closer to the sound of your surroundings. For me personally, I go nuts in a particularly quiet workspace. I need either a little bit of background noise, like the chatter of people tapping away at their keyboards around or a stimulation environment like that of a quaint cafe.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Lighting makes a difference to your mood, energy levels and even goes as far as affecting your appetite. Strategically place your desk facing or next to a window so that natural lighting flood through and keeps you going throughout the day. But, don’t forget your SPF! Yes, even indoors. My favourite, and literally the only one that doesn’t break me out in hives is the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Facial Fluid Sunscreen. It’s an SPF of 50+, may as well go all out in the way of your sun protection factor of choice. SPF 30 works to, but that’ll just mean the protection won’t last you as long as you may like. Also, let’s not let those UVA rays steal our collagen away from us sooner than necessary.
THE GUIDE LINES
Keeping your work space separate from where you sleep is also another important one to avoid. But for some like myself, this isn’t currently a viable option. Sometime you’ve just got to work with what you’ve got.
HAVE A WFH EASY LISTENING SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
I think Anna of The Anne Edit is queen of Spotify playlists. Some easy listening is another way to stimulate productivity and make your work space just that little bit less, well, flat. For those into classical music, you’re onto something.
A COMFORTABLE CHAIR
Please – if there’s one think you take from this, it’s save your back! Yes, aesthetics are nice. But good spinal posture is nicer. Find the perfect balance between design and ergonomics. Comfortable office chairs really have come a long way from the days of those big, clunky leather numbers that you used to see in everyones home office. Comfort doesn’t mean dull in style.
MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL
If you do find that the only spot you have to place your desk is facing a wall, then a mirror can do the trick in opening up the space you face. Personally, there’s nothing less stimulating and more dull than being faced with a blank wall. Yes, mood boards for inspiration are great if for some reason you’re completely opposed to having a mirror. But, a mirror works some sort of magic mental trickery as at a simple glance, you can look up and have the whole room in sight. Automatically this makes it feel like you’ve taken a quick breather from the space you’re confined to.
WHEN IN DOUBT, WALK IT OUT
Nothing will do you more good than actually taking a literal breather. To walk away, take a stroll and breathe is to reset the brain. If you’re lacking in motivation, creation. mental stimulation, and you now get the gist, than heading outside to grab a coffee from your local, or catching some rays is the ultimate thing you can do for yourself. Don’t let your mind trick you into feeling guilty for doing so rather than soldiering on with your tasks at hand – because, lets be real, sit there any longer and you’ll likely just keep hitting walls. Think of your break away from the desk as you contributing to your productivity.