Tweak Your Home Workspace for Better Performance!
Create a space which will increase your productivity.
Your alarm clock rings, you wake up, and realise you are late for work! You start to panic, only to realise it’s work from home. You sigh with relief, and decide to work from the comfort of your bed. However, after half an hour, you start to yawn and lose focus. Does this sound familiar? There has to be a better way.
The answer lies within your surroundings. Look around and ask yourself if the area is conducive enough to work productively. If it is not, it’s time you took matters into your own hands and started making some changes. There is a lot happening now that is messing with our positive thoughts, and this will restrict your productivity. Here are our suggestions on how you can get around that.
Incorporate colors into your working space
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Are you feeling the Monday, or daily, blues while working from home? Banish that by adding some colour to your work area, making it more cheerful.
Revitalise your working mind with a vibrant and warm hue. Incorporating happy colors like yellow, pink, and violet, may help enhance the outlook of your workspace. On the other hand, if you are not a fan of bright colours, you can always stick to a pastel themed color palette, or, just add a few colorful elements to brighten the area.
If you want your workspace to be welcoming then spread out a vibrant welcome mat at the entrance and it will do it’s magic just like the name suggests, get it?
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Remember how in school - or even in the office - we used to get called out for slouching? Probably even had a teacher or supervisor saying something like, “Is this your living room? Your own house, ah?”.
Well now that it’s actually work from home, you can take advantage of this without anyone picking on you!
Wait! We aren’t telling you to slouch, lah! We are just suggesting that since you are going to be spending a long time in your workspace, to pick furniture that makes you feel relaxed.
Use a chair with a good back support so that it does not put too much pressure on your spine. Ensure that the height of your work table is at the appropriate level. Avoid adding too many cabinets under the table, so there's still enough space for your legs to stretch. This is not for you to play footsie with your imaginary house ghost, but is for your own comfort.
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If you are constantly squinting your eyes while working at home, we recommend you change your lights to something that is more soothing to your eyes.
Remember not to use a lamp that's too bright because it will make you strain your eyes, but do not choose lighting that's too dark either because it's going to make you feel tired. When you are using a monitor at work, use a white light, as yellow light can sting your eyes if you stare at the computer screen for too long.
During the day, keep your curtains open or resort to light-weighted curtains so that the sunlight can peak into your workspace. As working from home can become gloomy after a while, rays of sunshine can help to cheer you up, and energise you with some vitamin D.
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If you are an individual with minimalistic tastes, and are not willing to add colour to your workspace, some lively greens will enhance your workspace. Adding a delightful plant will make you feel relaxed, and purify the air. There you go, catching two birds with one stone!
Stick to low maintenance plants so you do not have to go through a lot of hassle looking after them. Treat them well, and they will provide you with positive energy. Nothing like your toxic ex-partner who used to drain the life out of you!
Plants like cactuses, snake plants, and ZZ plants are easy to look after and are aesthetically pleasing as well. Sometimes work from home gets lonely, but with your plant friends you will never be alone, with the plus side being that they will not be noisy and cause you to focus!
Keep your work separate
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Imagine you are participating in a work Zoom meeting and your children or your younger sibling starts crying in front of your screen. Not only will it be embarrassing, it will also cause a disruption to the meeting.
We are sorry but you will need to divide and conquer!
The workspace should be isolated from other rooms, such as bedrooms and dining rooms. It's because a different space will make you more focused on your job. A workspace that leads to another room may make it impossible for you to focus, since there might be other family members performing things that catch your interest.
However, if you do not have a room that you can dedicate as a workspace, you can transform one corner of your home into a workspace given that the Internet, lighting and other facilities are accessible in this corner. You can use room divider curtains or use temporary partition walls to separate your workspace from your family and living space.
In a nutshell, a decent workspace will make working from home more enjoyable, and it will encourage more productivity. Soon, you will be humming your way through your work.
Let us know if these tips have made any improvements, we are always happy to hear more suggestions from you, if you have any, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
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