Working from the comfort of your own home comes with a lot of positive factors to enjoy. Not only do you get the opportunity to organize your own schedule according to the hours that suit you best – therefore promoting a more appealing life-work balance, but you can also pursue a career that you’re truly passionate about.
Of course, you’re always going to have a better home-working experience if you take the time to design an office space that’s both comfortable, and productive. There’s no reason why an office that supports your business dreams, can’t also support your need for good ergonomic comfort and plenty of storage space, after all.
Rebekah Carter from Broadband Genie explores a few of the ways in which you might be able to upgrade your home office experience, from cramped to creative.
1. Follow the rules of Ergonomics
The rules of ergonomics are there to make you as comfortable as possible as you spend hour after hour in front of your desk. For instance, the highest point of your computer screen needs to be somewhere around eye level, or slightly below. This will mean that when you’re scanning the screen, your eyelids will be naturally closing a little bit, moistening and reducing eye fatigue over time. At the same time, your keyboard should be positioned so that your forearms are parallel to the floor, and your chair should adjust to ensure your feet are firmly on the ground.
Ask yourself whether you’re getting the support you need, from your arm rests, the way your keyboard and mouse are situated, and even the way the back of your chair is curved. If you’re not, it might be time to invest in some new furniture.
2. Avoid Tech Breakdowns
One of the most stressful things about working from home is relying on a bunch of electronics to provide you with constant connections to everything you need.
Ultra-fast broadband is obviously a good place to start when upgrading this part of your business, as having a reliable internet connection that ensures you stay on top of skype calls and emails can be essential to making the most out of your business. However, there’s plenty of other tech to think about to, from whether your computer works as well as it should, whether you have enough memory and storage to support a thriving business, and whether you’ve got the right equipment installed.
Upgrading your tech and broadband won’t give you much in the way of extra space, or comfort, but it will help you to avoid the discomfort of tearing your hair out over lost connections.
3. Know When to Expand
Finally, if your documents are piling up because of your prospering business, then you need to know what you’re going to do with them.
Consider expanding your physical space beyond your home office by moving into a different room with extra square-footage, taking advantage of off-site storage solutions, or simply look for creative ways to include storage within your existing space. For example, buy a new desk that comes with plenty of drawers for paperwork, or try installing wall storage in the form of magazine racks, or display shelves.
It’s also worth getting rid of anything that you don’t absolutely need within your office space. Remember, the less clutter you have, the fewer distractions you’ll have to deal with on a daily basis.
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