I've been thinking a lot about how people are managing in these challenging times, and what I can do to bring a little more ease to those I care about. I know many of you are now working from home, some for the first time, so I'd like to offer some tips & tricks to create an amazing home office.
If at all possible, find an area you can dedicate exclusively to work. Even if the available space is small, the payoff is huge. You can organize the area however you like, you won't be physically interrupted by other household needs, and you can create a mental division between home and work. No matter how small your home, there is always space that can be dedicated.
Get a View
Studies have shown that having a view of the outdoors increases both creativity and productivity. And when we are spending more time than ever in our homes, a view outside is a welcome respite. Plus the benefits of a fresh air from an open window should not be underestimated!
If you cannot place your home office near a window (not uncommon, especially in NYC), try adding some artwork of either the outdoors or a faraway destination. If it's a place you love or dream of going it can be even more inspiring!
Make it Flexible
Sitting for prolonged periods of time in the same position isn't good for you, even in the fanciest and most ergonomic office chairs. So what do you do if you're at home and don't even have that?
Try an adjustable laptop stand! These terrific devices allow for a range of positions so you can work seated or standing. Bonus: they also angle for the perfect setup in bed or on the couch (non-work purposes only, of course!) This one from Uncaged Ergonomics features an aluminum panel to dissipate heat and an ambidextrous mousepad.
I hope you all find these tips helpful, and keep an eye out for part 2! If you'd like to talk specifically about your home office, reach out to schedule a free consultation!
Till next time...