Working remotely sounds like hitting the work jackpot. PJ’s all day, no long commute, and no unnecessary small talk. But it can be hard to stay productive when the fridge and Netflix keep calling your name. That’s why we’ve compiled some tips on how to create the perfect WFH space for optimal productivity.
Whether it’s within a hybrid office model, a full-time remote job, or remote freelancer work, many of us now consider remote work to be a norm rather than a luxury. Still, no matter how often you’re working from home, it’s important to not fall into the trap of just working out of your bed in the same clothes from last night. For God’s sake man--have some dignity.
Being at home presents distractions that don’t typically exist in an office - like pets, kids, noisy neighbors and all those chores you’ve been “meaning to get to” - so it’s important to create a space that helps you get into the work groove.
Ahead, a simple guide for how to create an ideal WFH setup that is functional, comfortable, and--most importantly--inspiring.
Claim Your Spot
It may sound simple but finding the right spot in your home to set up your office can be more difficult than you think - especially if you share the space with others. Ideally, pick a spot away from a high-traffic area like a living room or kitchen, where you can be tempted by the allure of the TV and snacks. Fight the urge to work in bed or from your couch - it’s important to try and separate your work space from your rest space.
Pick a corner or section of a room that has good natural light where you can feel a separation between your work space and the rest of your home. It’s best if you can separate your work area from your “life” areas with a door but if not, here are some ideas for DIY ones!
Don’t Forgo Ergonomic
Less time commuting means more time in front of the computer - which is great for work productivity but not so great for the spinal column. That’s why it’s important to select a desk that is the right height for your shoulders to be relaxed and a chair that provides proper back support.
Having both a chair and a desk that are height-adjustable can do wonders. You can get the blood flowing even more by opting for a standing desk or a stability ball over a chair. Don’t want to shell out the big bucks? Build your own laptop stand to free up strain on your shoulders.
For those of us not blessed with ample natural sunlight, it’s important to choose proper lighting to minimize eye strain and keep your face from looking like Darth Vadar during video calls. Most overhead lighting is not sufficient, so opt for additional lighting like an adjustable desk lamp or a floor lamp.
Tailor Your Tech
Working in the 21st century means we often need a plethora of tech at our disposable to get things done. Make sure your space is equipped with all the supplies you need to be set up for success.
Can you accomplish everything with just your laptop, or do you prefer a desktop and a mouse? Do you work best with two screens? Buy a dual monitor. Do you need to print out lots of documents? Get a laser printer. Like having some analog elements? Buy a giant wall calendar and a lifetime supply of Post-Its. At the baseline, make sure near a power outlet with an extension cord so you can plug in all your necessities.
Be Savvy With Storage
Nothing messes up your ability to focus more than seeing a warzone of papers or 23432 highlighters strewn about your desk. Storage is key to creating a clutter-free and distraction-free workspace. Pick a desk with built-in storage or purchase some sliding cabinets that can slot under your desk easily. Get creative, if the mood strikes! Build floating shelves above your desk or incorporate a tall bookshelf to maximize vertical space.
Make It Your Own
Last but most certainly not least, it’s important to infuse your own personality into your home office. After all, you’re the one that needs to feel inspired by your workspace, so add elements that will boost your mood.
Perch low-maintenance houseplants to your desk, put up some happy photos or pieces of art that move you, paint the wall around your desk (did you know green tones are known to be uplifting AND grounding?), or even add an aromatherapy diffuser or some candles for some scent therapy.