By Ian Pearson of Super Cheap Storage NZ
There is a huge gap between what most people believe telecommuting is like and what it really is. Namely, some people assume that remote workers spend their entire day sitting on their living room sofa in their underwear, occasionally typing something into their laptop between two episodes of their favorite soap opera. In reality, nothing would ever get done in this way, not to mention that person trying to run their home-run business like this, wouldn’t have any time for their social life. This being said, here are few tips that can help you stage your home office in the most productive, work-friendly manner possible.
1. Choose the right location
The first thing you need to do in order to get started is to choose the right location for your home office. The first concern you may have is deciding on how much space you actually need. In a lot of cases, the desk and the laptop are basics, which allows some people to squeeze their entire office into their bedroom closet. However, there are those who are a bit more ambitious and want to add a printer, fax machine a scanner and even a water-cooler in order to emulate the feeling of being in a traditional office as faithfully as possible.
While a lot of people pick the unoccupied room in their home, like a basement or an attic, there are a few things you might want to consider prior to making your final decision. First of all, you want the room facing the backyard to be your office and not the one facing the street. The reason behind this is the fact that this will help you cancel-out a lot of undesired outside noises (traffic mainly). Furthermore, if you are living with a family or a roommate, you want the most remote place in the house, seeing how you don’t want to get disturbed by a foot traffic in front of your doors or a social visit that other inhabitants are expecting. As you can see, there is a lot more work here than meets the eye at first.
2. Getting the right equipment
Another thing you need to keep in mind here is the fact that the quality of your work may be determined by the office equipment you choose. Therefore, getting the right equipment needs to be paramount. Firstly, if possible you should get a second PC for work, in order not to get distracted by movies, video games, TV shows and personal data you hold on your HDD. Needless to say, this PC needs to have a build that is capable of running all the latest software and platforms that are deemed mandatory in your industry.
Next, you also need to pay a close attention to the choice of peripherals, seeing how a silent mouse and keyboard, as well as noise-cancelling headphones have a way of making all the difference in your ability to focus. Furthermore, if your work requires a lot of typing, getting the keyboard that suits your personal preferences may also be a great aid in your work. Finally, you need to keep in mind that there are more than a few ways in which having dual or multiple monitors help boost productivity.
3. Getting the right furniture
In the end, keep in mind that your home office is a place where you will spend most of your waking hours. This is why you need to make sure that the chair you are sitting in isn’t bad for your posture and that the desk you are using isn’t of an inadequate height. You see, staring at the monitor at the wrong angle for hours and hours, day after day, can damage your eyesight, which is definitely something you should avoid.
One last thing, these days getting a standing desk seems to be a popular ergonomic trend, seeing how it brings you a wide array of advantages. First of all, it is good for your overall health. Second, it increases your ability to focus. Finally, it can keep you awake even when you are completely exhausted. For those unfamiliar with this topic, the fact that you have a standing desk doesn’t mean that you need to stand for 8 hours’ straight. You are supposed to work for about 20 minutes then rest for 5 and repeat. Therefore, it might be a good idea to have a comfy sofa or an armchair somewhere in the room.
In order for your office to work in a way that you’ve intended, you need to adopt the right attitude, as well. Make sure to tell all your friends, roommates and family members that a fact that you are at home
doesn’t mean your schedule is free. Secondly, the fact that you are two rooms away from a living room TV doesn’t mean you can make a break at any time. By adhering to your own rules, you will stage your home office to be more efficient and much more productive.
Author bio: Aside from primary area of interest and expertise in business consulting with supercheap storage NZ, Ian could be tagged also as a passionate sports fan, nature and photography enthusiast, always trying to keep up to date with tech innovations and development.