Make Your Home Office Wonderful
Working from home is quite normal for the majority of us around the world. At times it can be stressful when you're out of your normal routine and not having a dedicated place to go to work. You've likely experienced many new distractions, especially if you have little ones at home now too. There's the added distraction of wanting to clean your home when you should be working . By creating a welcoming, functioning and simple office space, you can get more done while working from home. The Franke office have put together a few quick tips to help you get started.
5 Tips to Make Your Home Office Wonderful
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1. Setup your desk in a quiet spot.
Look around your home and identify a quiet spot to setup your work desk. It may be an unused space in a garden hut (you may need to get in there and do a good clean up first), a spare room or an unused corner in your living room. Ideally not in your bedroom - try keep that space for resting, where you can switch off from work, relax and sleep well. If you're on a budget, use a desk and chair that is not really serving a purpose right now. One of the great things about working from home is that it doesn't have to look like an office, you can use items from around your home that will give your space a warm and welcome feeling.
If you have little ones at home, even more reason to find an exclusive spot that is out of reach of little fingers. You don't need your expensive PC/Laptop or phone being hit or smashed or accidentally making calls to your boss or clients.
2. Only have what you absolutely need on your desk.
It's tempting to keep everything you think you may need within arms reach but trust us, your mind will thank you - by only keeping what you physically need to complete the job, you'll experience more peace and less stress. The most essential items could be your PC/laptop, cell phone, a note pad & pen, and a glass of water. Do you really need anything else? Put the rest away, out of sight.
3. Stay Hydrated.
As mentioned above, water is an essential to stay hydrated and refreshed. Drink more water than coffee. Here's a tip: put your water jug near a window, then you're forced to get up and take a breather to refill your glass - enjoy the view and a few minutes break while you're there.
4. Make sure your headphones/mic work.
It can be quite frustrating when you begin a video conference call and no one can hear you. Have you ever had this happen? "Hello, can you hear me?" - nothing, radio silence. You fiddle, unplug your headphones and frantically plug them back in again - still nothing but "crickets". You resort to the poor quality inbuilt mic and speaker on your PC/laptop. So, test your headphones/mic far in advance to ensure they are setup and working. You should only have to do this once and then your set for your call.
5. Ensure you have more natural lighting than artificial lighting.
Natural lighting creates a better atmosphere, is healthy for you, improves well-being, and you'll look better in video calls. Many studies have proven that humans benefit greatly from some exposure to sun, natural light. Here are a few excerpts to expand on these findings:
"There are a number of benefits of exposure to natural light. As well as its necessity for Vitamin D synthesis, daylight also plays a critical role in maintaining circadian rhythm [A circadian rhythm is a natural, internal process that regulates the sleep–wake cycle and repeats on each rotation of the Earth roughly every 24 hours]. Sunlight is the trigger for melatonin creation and release which is vital to regulating circadian rhythms. It has been demonstrated that people treated for melanoma have improved recovery if they continue to have some direct sunlight exposure and it is suggested that a lack of light exposure causes an alteration in melatonin production.3 Human beings have been designed to function optimally with light during the day (suppressing melatonin production) and complete absence of light at night. The body produces melatonin when there is an absence of light and it is melatonin that allows us to sleep." - taken from an article called The effects of exposure to natural light in the workplace on the health and productivity of office workers: a systematic review protocol, written by JBI Evidence Synthesis.
"Daylighting has been touted for its many aesthetic and health benefits by designers and researchers alike. Scientists at the Lighting Research Center (LRC), in Troy, N.Y., for example, have reported that daylit environments increase occupant productivity and comfort, and provide the mental and visual stimulation necessary to regulate human circadian rhythms." - taken from and article called The Benefits of Natural Light, published by Architect Magazine.
"...a new survey by my HR advisory firm Future Workplace called “The Employee Experience” reveals the reality is that employees crave something far more fundamental and essential to human needs. In a research poll of 1,614 North American employees, we found that access to natural light and views of the outdoors are the number one attribute of the workplace environment, outranking stalwarts like onsite cafeterias, fitness centers, and premium perks including on-site childcare." - taken from a survey called The #1 Office Perk? Natural Light, written by Harvard Business Review .
We hope you found this article to be helpful and that you have a wonderful and productive day!