One of the lasting consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic has been home working – or at least, hybrid working.
This involves spending a portion of the working week at home, a practice that we’re still getting used to, and one where there’s still some disagreement over whether it’s really worthwhile . Sure, you might spend less on fuel, but you’ll also spend more on heating and electricity.
If you’re going to be working from home, however, it’s worth investing in your workspace. This way, you’ll be able to remain as productive as possible while keeping stress at bay. Let’s take a look at a few key points of improvement.
The more organised you can make your workspace, the better. You want to be able to reach for all of the things you need, without having clutter mounting everywhere. Some form of under-desk storage tends to work nicely, here.
You could even opt for something that’s made to measure, like a fitted home office, that will help you to maximise the space you have available.
You can’t have a home office without the help of a desk. You can either go for something ready-made, or you can get it fitted to the space. The latter option tends to be more economical, which can be a boon in smaller nooks.
The only requirement here is that your desk is large enough to accommodate your work needs. If this is just your laptop, then you might get away with a very small desk!
If you’re going to be spending a lot of time taking video calls, then you should look to making the wall behind you as impressive as possible.
Bookshelves may be something of a cliché, but they will tend to make you look well-read. You might also go for a painting, or even some tasteful acoustic panels to make the space reverberate in just the right way. Plants tend to work very well, as they make the space more pleasant to spend time in and can provide a natural perspective if your office does not face outside.
If you’re going to be spending time in your office at night-time, then you’ll need the right lighting. You don’t want your monitor to be the only source of light. Do this, and your pupils will dilate, letting in more blue light. If you’ve got warm light sources around you, then this won’t be such a problem.
Look for some combination of wall lights, desk lamps, and strip LED lighting. If you need to work on something non-digital, then you’ll want a source of light that can be directed straight down onto your desk.