2020 has been an odd year for workers in pretty much every industry. At the start of the year, we were all set in our usual routines.
This largely included commuting, working nine to five in a dedicated office space and heading home. But with the rapid spread of coronavirus causing countless governments to recommend that citizens work remotely wherever possible, many of us have found ourselves trying to replicate office productivity with an intimate home environment. This, of course, has posed challenges.
What’s more? We’re not entirely sure how much longer this will last. While restrictions are slowly being lifted and many people are returning to their usual workplaces, many companies are still operating on a remote basis and many people have now shifted to freelance and self employed work which will permanently take place from home.
If you fall into the category of people who may be working from home for the foreseeable future, it’s time to start focusing on creating a home office for your productivity. This will provide you with a space where you can be as productive as possible!
A designated work space
First and foremost, you need to designate a space in your home to work. If you have a spare room already, this is great! It can be converted into an office space with the simple addition of some office furniture and equipment. If you don’t have a dedicated spare room to work from, however, you can find that personal life and work life can easily become mixed. You may be interrupted regularly. You may be exposed to others’ noise and distractions. You may not be able to focus. A resolution for this that doesn’t involve moving to a larger home is to get in touch with reliable architects. These professionals will be able to make suggestions, showing you different ways that your home could be adapted to create a workspace for you. This could be an extension, a loft conversion, a garage conversion, a basement conversion or more!
Furniture and equipment
If you’re new to working from home, chances are you’re working from the furniture you already have in your home. Countless people have taken to working from bed, the sofa or the dining table. While this may have been okay as a temporary solution, you do need to invest in ergonomic work furniture and equipment if you intend to work from home long term. This is furniture and equipment ranging from desks to chairs, back supports, leg rests and more that will help you to maintain optimal posture and health in the long run. This will reduce time taken off for injury or recovery and allow you to work as much as you need.
These are just a couple of areas that you should focus on if you are intending to work from home in the long run. Sure, it may seem like a bit of investment. But that’s exactly what it is – an investment. It will maximise your productivity, which, in turn, can maximise your earnings!