More than a year into remote work, employees are still finding it hard to cope with the absence of going to a physical office and the loss of their regular routines. With companies looking to introduce a fully remote or hybrid working approach, we might find ourselves spending even more time at our home office desks. So if you’ve been feeling unmotivated lately, it’s time to refresh your workspace!
Whether you’ve been working remotely for years or have just been introduced to the WFH life, these four tips will help you turn your home office into a place of inspiration and somewhere you love to work every single day!
1. Introduce accessories that inspire
We all have certain things and atmospheres that inspire creativity and certain things that don’t. Think about it, you probably work a 40 hour week at or near your desk, so why not spruce it up to make it feel more like you?
Think about things you want to be looking at and things you don’t. For example, you might want a nice notepad and pen stand for all your writing needs. On the other hand, you might also want to get rid of the cable clutter around your desk. So, try to figure out your non-negotiables and hone in on those. Use accessories that put you in a good mood, bring you joy and help make your day a bit easier. Some of these great solutions include:
- A pen holder to store all of your writing equipment
- Letter trays so you know exactly where every single sheet of paper is
- A wall calendar to plan your day
- Or a cable organiser to remove visual clutter and keep your workspace clean
2. Bring the outside in with natural elements
With COVID-19 restrictions, it can be hard to see things from a fresh perspective when we don’t go out as often. Therefore, we go by this very simple trick – If you can’t go outside, bring the outside in. These natural things can be anything from plants, seashells, rocks, gems, crystals, flowers or even faux plants!
Studies show that nature can instantly make us feel refreshed and boost concentration levels. Research also shows that having more natural light in your home office leads to better wellbeing and less stress among employees.
A simple way to being near nature is to position your desk to look out a window if you can. If not, you can always get a plant or two to help circulate the air in your home office.
We all have times when our desk or workspace gets untidy, but unlike in an office, we have complete control over the cleanliness of our workspace. A messy work area might not bother us on the good days, but on days we are stressed, an unruly desk can just add to the stress levels. A fantastic hack to avoid getting overwhelmed and refresh your workspace quickly is to take 10 minutes every day to tidy up. This not only works wonders for your productivity but also gives you a chance to do something that isn’t work-related, even if it is for a few minutes. Anything you don’t use on a daily basis should be put away, and anything you don’t use at all should be thrown straight in the bin or given away. It’s simple and 100% effective!
However, we will always have things that we do need daily, like important papers, stationery items and supplies. Use desk storage boxes, baskets, bins, or drawer dividers to organise these supplies you don’t necessarily need on your desktop but are essential.
4. Focus on Ergonomics
There are many myths floating around Ergonomics, but most of them couldn’t be farther from the truth. Ergonomics is essential, no matter what your line of work is. A study by the W.E. Upjohn Institute reveals that employees who were given an ergonomic chair reported fewer physical ailments throughout the day and showed an increase of 17.7% in productivity. Ergonomics not only makes working a pleasure but also enhances the health and safety of employees.
Here are some quick adjustments to do:
- Adjust your monitor height to eye level. Any height lower or higher than your eye level will cause a strain in your neck, shoulders and back
- Maintain a comfortable office temperature
- Keep all of your important things within arm’s reach. These items can be things like files, stationery, chargers, your water bottle and a headset
- Rest your feet on the floor. If you find that your feet don’t reach the ground, get yourself a footrest
- Use an extended keyboard and a wireless mouse, so there is no strain on your arms and wrists
In addition to this, getting an ergonomic workstation assessment done even before you have any problem can prevent musculoskeletal disorders in the future.
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