Is it Time for a Home Office Makeover?
Working at home can lead to the dilemma of “getting used” to your surroundings. You may not realize how issues of comfort , lighting, noise and organization are affecting your performance. Much like reading in dim light, you don’t realize how much easier it is to read the page until someone flings back the curtains.
Making your home office comfortable may seem like a no-brainer, but we are far too likely to compromise and adapt to uncomfortable chairs and awkward work spaces. Make sure your chair fits you and not the other way around, and take the time to notice if back pain or leg pain are becoming too common. Choosing the proper foot and back support for home office work stations can help. If you work at a laptop, setting it at the proper angle can prevent strain in wrists and hands. Even excessive use of your tablet can cause strain on your wrists. Use wrist and keyboard supports if you are working long term at the computer. Use document holders so you are not peering down at papers on your desk while typing.
Poor lighting can cause you adapt by squinting. Lots of sunshine may seem like a good thing, except that it may be causing screen glare on your computer without you realizing it. Make sure you have adequate lighting for both day and night work. Also, be aware of your environment throughout the day to see if the change in natural light is not going from gorgeous to glaring.
Keeping a quiet work area can be difficult at home, especially with kids home for summer. Making quiet time rules during your work hours helps you not only get work done in peace but also helps structure your time with the kids.
Staying organized can sometimes be harder at home where expectations of organization are not as strict as in an office setting. Ensure your files and desktop don’t degrade into clutter. Take time at the end of each work day to evaluate your clutter ratio and fix it then and there before it gets worse.
Comfort sometimes can be invisible. Like the air in your home office. Make sure you are not situated under a vent circulating dusty air in an enclosed space. This is especially important if you suffer from allergies. Change your air filters and use air purifiers if necessary so you are not contributing to a sick office at home.