Where it was once a strange setup to have, and something that only freelancers adopted when working remotely without the typical office, the ‘working from home’ setup has been something that many different people have been forced into due to the ongoing pandemic.
Still working from home, and want to make sure that you’re doing everything that you can to stay productive and on top of work? Decided to work from home on some other projects in general, and want some inspiration on how to come up with the best desk setup possible? We’ve created a simple, quick guide that might give you some help along the way. Read on to find out more!
Starting off simple
Studies have shown that having a clear workspace can aid with concentration and focus, and so why not start as you mean to go on by stripping back all the unnecessary clutter and just working with the basics? Not only will it make your workspace a little bit easier to set up, but if you’re having to compromise a kitchen table or other area in order to make room for your kit, it might make it a little easier to clean up of an evening when finished for the day. This might not be the most ideal situation, however, and you might want to designate a temporary spot that you don’t have to keep packing up and shifting when it’s time to sit down with family.
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Muting all distractions
It goes without saying that being at home can be quite a bit more distracting than working in the office, and so another important step in building the perfect home working environment is removing all things that might cause you to lose focus. Whether it’s your phone, your games console, or even your television blurring out in the background, turn them off, or move them into another space where you won’t be tempted during the day. You do need to remember to give yourself regular breaks, however, as otherwise you’ll get burned out.
For the distractions that don’t come with an off button, such as your family that might not understand your working day is taking place from home, it’s best to try and distance yourself while working if possible, particularly if you’re working on something that involves calling and interacting with others. Working in a sealed-off room or study area can help to rectify this issue. Remember, your computer microphone does have a mute button if you have a crying baby in the background!
Using the right equipment
While stripping back to basics can be important for attaining (and maintaining) concentration, you also need to make sure that you’ve got the right tools to complete the job as well as you would have done from the office. This includes the PC of course, and any accompanying monitors/accessories, but it also includes the things that you may not have thought about, such as a proper desk chair.