Updated: Apr 22, 2020
With the pandemic of Covid-19 currently upon us, many people are now facing a new challenge that they have never faced - working from home. When you first start to work from home it is very important that you have a good desk set up in order to keep you focused and motivated which can be tricky when you haven’t had a chance to prepare one in advance. Below you will find our top tips for having an ideal work from home set up-
A clean desk- As much as you may think clutter doesn’t affect you, it does. Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘Tidy Desk, Tidy Mind’? It is important to remember that your desk at work wouldn't have your home bits scattered across it so your desk at home shouldn’t either; it should be neat with any personal items on it kept to a minimum. A clean desk will help you feel more as though you are at work and help to ease you into the work from home mindset.
A glass of water- It is very important to remember to stay hydrated whilst you aren't in the office. Many offices have water machines or fountains to keep you hydrated but, whilst you aren't at work, put a glass of water on your desk. Water is a key ingredient to help keep you focused and it will assist you in staying alert and aiding you in concentrating on your work. Remember, around 60% of your body is made up of water, and if your body is dehydrated it can hinder your cognitive ability as well as contributing towards fatigue and struggle to focus. When you do finish your water the glass will serve as a reminder to you to stay hydrated whilst also giving you an opportunity to get up, stretch your legs and take five minutes away from the computer screen whilst you fill up that cup!
A notepad and pen- This will aid you in making notes but also in making lists. A very important part of working life is a To-Do list where you can prepare all the things that you have planned for the day. Writing a To-Do list allows you to give yourself a structured plan which will hopefully prevent your mind from drifting and struggling to remember what you had organized for yourself.
A comfortable chair - Bad posture is the enemy of most workers, whether you are at home or in the office. If you are not lucky enough to have a study to work from with a professional desk chair, then it is most likely that you are sitting on a dining chair or stool of some form. If you can, try to use a chair that you can rest your back against if needed and sit on a pillow too if possible. You should be at a comfortable height with your computer screen so that you don’t slouch forward to read your screen but you should also be able to keep both feet flat on the floor comfortably. Not only will this all prevent you from aches and pains whilst working, but it will also promote a professional mentality.
Plenty of light - It is important to be able to see your computer screen clearly and without having to squint. Bad lighting can cause headaches as well as making you feel tired and mentally drained. If you can, try to position yourself near to a window, as natural light is always more beneficial than artificial light. If you do find yourself in a scenario where you are mainly using artificial light, then make sure you take plenty of breaks and make a plan to go outside and give your eyes a break.
Got all these ingredients together? Then you are all ready to work from home. The above will give you a base to work from which will aid you in keeping focused as well as alert and comfortable - the rest is up to you!