For some, telecommuting has become the way it goes -- one with some unique challenges.
Whether you’re a telecommuting pro or looking to carve out an at-home workspace on the fly, the concept of working within your everyday house does not have to mean sharing your living room couch. The solution to an efficient home office is using items that make life better for day-to-day activity. And this place should also be aesthetically pleasing since you have to eat, play, and sleep here, too.
From slimmed down desks to Polywood interior shutters, check out these five simple office improvements that allow you to work from home easier.
Your Home Office Should Be A Defined Space
While plopping down on the couch and banging away on the laptop may feel luxurious at first, not splitting up “home mode” from “work mode” can be a detriment to your productivity.
If you don’t already, make a committed office space in your house. This space should be primarily for work, separate from everyday activities. This should help you avoid interruptions. You don’t necessarily need a heavy oak desk with a dedicated outside entrance, but you should at least try to dedicate a table and seat as your home office.
Have a nook in your living room that would be the perfect workspace? make a hidden cubicle in your large room by installing an easy-to-use, elegant sliding barn door or panel track to divide the room.
Find A Desk That Fits With Your Work
As most of your workday is spent sitting down, you’ll need a surface that has good posture support while catering to your your desired spatial needs. And that means finding the perfect desk.
However, a word to the wise: avoid a “fix for now” desk solution. A coffee table that disguises as your work surface during business hours will only invite frustration. You need a space that adjusts to your work needs. If you primarily use a laptop then a mini office desk or work-only table will do. But if you’re constantly shuffling paper, or want a complicated PC setup, you probably need a larger desk.
If you can’t get a traditional desk, make one from other materials. An old door or stained board on top of filing cabinets can easily transform into a adequate work center. Once you pick the perfect desk, the easier work from home becomes in Honolulu.
Adjust Natural Light When You Use The Right Window Coverings
It’s no surprise that adequate lighting can affect your daily Zoom call. Too little light and you’re bathed in darkness, but an overexposure to sun glare, and you’re quinting at the screen. The amount of sunlight can also greatly affect your productivity.
To make work at home easier, get a window covering that can direct light. Plantation shutters, for one, have large louvers that can be angled so that your workspace always has the right amount of natural light without harsh sun glare. They can help block outside sounds, like traffic or playing kids. And if your interior shutters are made of faux wood, they can also help with energy-efficiency.
Luckily, interior shutters are an aesthetically wonderful window treatment for your work space and are easy to dust and operate.
Change Out Your Seat From That Uncomfortable Chair
After some time in your improved work space, you might be realizing that sitting in that uncomfortable dining room chair just isn’t doing it.
Instead, use an office chair that rolls to make your day easier, or enhance your chair with a little extra back support if you need to make it last a bit longer. Then again, you can opt for a standing desk, and then your current chair should work.
It’s Alright To Experiment
One of the benefits of telecommuting is that you can sort the room outside the usual corporate floor plan. But sometimes finding the best set-up takes time and plenty of trials. And sometimes it takes thinking what’s best for you.
Always question yourself about what works and what doesn’t. Perhaps you need two monitors instead of one 15-inch screen. You might even prefer three. Or maybe you work best by using a keyboard and one or two TV-sized screens hung on the wall. Whiteboards, foot massagers, and overstuffed couches -- it’s how you like it. And if that doesn't work out, you can switch it out without submitting an expense report.
Begin your Home Office Improvement in Honolulu with Sunburst Shutters
Are you ready to enhance your home office? Just call 808-797-2004
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