Out with the old, and in with the new! With COVID-19 posing a threat in our everyday lives, many works converted to the work-from-home setting. Working from home means that we should be making a room or space inside our home and convert it to a little home office to keep us focused. Here’s how you can create your own office at the comfort of your home:
Create-Your-Own Home Office
Here are some things you should take note and consider before putting together your own home office:
1. A Good Desk – if you have one available at home, then it’s all good. But if you don’t have one, you may opt to research for the table of your choice. Some even DIY their own table by purchasing a wood plank at the hardware and put wood stain on it to look better. Make sure that the table you have, or you will buy will be able to attend to your office needs as we want to lessen our expenses but at the same time we don’t want to suffer from discomfort.
2. Use a Monitor Stand – Make sure that you have a good resolution and big enough monitor for easier viewing of tabs. Keep the monitor at the right ergonomic height to prevent neck sores while working for long periods of time. A monitor stand can be a stack of books or you may also buy those things available online with storages.
3. Small Shelves – Small shelves are easier to hang on the wall and may provide aesthetic to your home office at the same time. It is best to put it in a strategic space where you can easily put your office supplies. You may also use some boxes and organizers to keep everything in place.
4. Repurpose mugs, cups and vases – You may have kept a lot of mugs as souvenirs from every event you’ve been a part of. Why not put it to good use now? Use these mugs as utility or tool items to keep your pens, markers, scissors, paper clips, etc. Get creative and put some designs on it to match the overall theme of your home office.
5. Use Pegs – Pegs boards are best in keeping you focused on things and not forget them. Aside from using it for work, you may also hang some useful things such as tools, headphones, glasses and your memos.
6. Good Lighting – A good lighting makes it easier for your eyes to focus especially during the day and provides a good lighting when you are on a zoom meeting. Some lights have 3 different settings which you can use depends on you if you want to work, read, or just it for a good lighting.
7. Add a Natural Element – Plants make any space livelier and calming. Also, looking at something green once in a while was said to relax and calm the muscles of the eye.
8. Organize your Cords – At the home office, you are using a lot of items. Aside from your laptop and computer, you also need a printer, charger, earphones/ headphones and other stuff that usually needs cords to use. There are available cord organizers that you can use to keep them organized and prevent you from tripping. Make sure that the cords that you are using at the home office will not be used elsewhere to avoid problems when working.
9. Use a Work Phone – Some companies provide work phones that can be used for outbound calls. This is best used rather than your own personal phone as it does not only save you money, but it also lessens the confusion of clients when returning your calls.
10. Ergonomic Chair – Aside from investing on a good table and home office, you may also need to invest on a good ergonomic chair. It should not be just any other chair but it should be ergonomic, meaning it is designed with efficiency and comfort in mind.
Here’s the Anatomy of an Ergonomic Chair that will guide you when buying:
- Height Adjustment
- Encourages movement throughout the day
- Seat depth adjustment
- Adjustable Lumbar/back support and tilt features