• Katie Sinare

5 Ways to Improve Your Home Workspace

If you're new to the work-from-home lifestyle, whether due to Covid-19 or because you have a remote job, you’ll want to adapt your workspace to the nature of your work in order to foster a productive and comfortable environment. Luckily, working from home gives you the freedom to create your space and customize it to your unique needs.

For the sake of your well-being, consider these 5 simple tips to setting up a workspace at home that will help you get more done remotely and give yourself the space to do what you do best.

1. Invest in a desk and keep it organized

A desk could be considered essential for any work. To stay in budget consider purchasing a desk second-hand. Once your desk space is settled, maintain a neat space to help improve your productivity and include items that offer inspiration. It could be an action figure or a framed art print. Something that can give you a quick motivating boost when you’re feeling the midday gloom.

2. Separate your workspace from your bedroom

It is proven that keeping computers, TVs, and work materials out of the bedroom will strengthen the mental association between your bedroom and sleep vs work and productivity. Having a separate workspace gets you away from the distractions around you and the connections already formed with one’s bed. By building the habit of working in one dedicated place, it’ll be easier to get into a productive frame of mind to get work done.

3. Get a Humidifier

This may not seem like an essential, but it is proven to be beneficial to your focus and alertness. A tabletop humidifier fits perfectly on your desk and will not only help you feel better by balancing the air’s moisture but will also help you work better too. By pairing it with a set of essential oils, you’ll feel refreshed and energized all while adding an enjoyable scent to your workspace.

4. Decorate with Plants

A desk or floor plant is one of the best ways to add a breath of fresh air to your workspace while creating a visual variety when your eyes need a break from the screen. Countless studies have shown that adding plants to a workspace de-stresses work environments and helps you relax. It also purifies the air and looks good while doing it!

5. Videochat with a friend while you both work

Working from home can bring on feelings of loneliness and disconnect. Maintaining communication channels with friends or colleagues will help keep the feeling of in-person socialization. Try using video-conferencing apps like Zoom or Skype for your next meeting or even while you work to recreate a co-working environment. It's important to figure out how much interaction you need to feel connected and included.

The unique situation workers now face themselves with has certainly been a period of adaptation but working from home doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or stressful while we wait to see how these uncertain times play out. A wise saying by Japanese scholar Kakuzo sums it up perfectly, “The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” Thus taking the time or making the monetary investment in a suitable workspace will not only benefit your work but also your state of mind - to not fear change or instability, but to simply adapt.

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