In the midst of the current Covid-19 pandemic, work from home (WFH) will likely be the default arrangement for the foreseeable future. Whilst many of us might have initially assumed it would be a temporary arrangement, WFH is likely going to stay for the longer-term. It’s probably time to bid goodbye to your temporary home office situation and switch up your space to create a more permanent workspace, one that will allow you to enjoy an improved WFH experience.
Here are 4 tips that will help you to create a more productive and comfortable working space at home, so that you can reach peak productivity:
Create a distinct work space
WFH inadvertently leads to the mixing of one’s personal and working space, potentially resulting in the inability to separate your working hours from your personal time. In the ideal situation, you could convert your spare room into your home office. However, in space-constrained Singapore, this isn’t always possible. Instead, consider creating a dedicated working space that is separate from your living space. To be more specific, try to avoid working from your bedroom. Such a strategy will help your brain know when you’re off the clock, allowing you to maintain a healthy work-life balance, so that you can get ample rest to maximize productivity the next day.
To create a distinct working space, you could consider using partitions like bookshelves. Not only are bookshelves a great piece to help to create a separation of one’s living and working space, they are also pieces that will still be useful even when you eventually return to working in the office.
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Get the back support you deserve
Dining chairs or plastic foldable chairs are great temporary solutions for wfh, but they simply won't make the cut for more permanent and long-term solutions. If you’ve sat on them for hours at a time, you probably would have experienced some form of backaches or a stiffened neck. Not only can this discomfort result in back issues, it could also compromise your work performance, lowering your productivity.
Comfort is key when setting up your WFH space. Office chairs with ample back support will be sure to support you through your long working hours, allowing you to achieve peak productivity.
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Alternatively, if you’re tight on space or simply not keen on adding a new piece of furniture to your home, you could consider using a back-supporting cushion that can provide additional lumbar support or one that can help to relieve lower back pain by improving your posture.
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Having good lighting in your home office is something that's commonly overlooked. Not only can good lighting help to reduce the strain on your eyes, it can also help to increase your productivity. Good lighting can also help with making a good impression during your video conference calls, improving the virtual meeting experience. If possible, try choosing a spot by the window for good, natural lighting.
Alternatively, you could consider getting a table lamp. Apart from lighting up your working space and allowing for more productive work sessions, table lamps can also help to create the illusion of a larger working space. However, a quick tip when using table lamps is to avoid placing your lamp right beside your monitor, so that you can avoid creating a distracting glare on it.
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Say goodbye to clutter
As the saying goes, a cluttered workspace is a cluttered mind. A cluttered workspace can be both stressful to look at and distracting when trying to focus. Having a clean space allows you to have a clear mind, so that you can maximize your productivity.
Achieve a clutter-free workspace by either getting rid of unnecessary items or store them away in organizational tools like trays, baskets and boxes. Apart from helping to keep your workspace organized and clutter-free, these organizational items can also help to add a touch of decor to spruce up your space.
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Creating a productive workspace at home can be a challenge, but we hope these tips will help to ease this process, helping you to maintain your productivity even during WFH. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our customer support team at email@example.com and we’ll be more than happy to help!