As we all know, staying home right now is the most important thing for us to do. If you’re not an essential worker (thank you so much to all of you who are), you’re likely working from home and trying to adjust to this new reality. If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know that I’ve worked from home a lot throughout my career, and I had to set up my ideal workspace to get it all done. I’m social distancing just like most of you right now, and I had to get back into my WFH mode quickly and efficiently. If you’re not feeling your “office space” right now and think you can make some adjustments, I have some helpful tips for you! Keep on reading to learn how to set up a makeshift home office when you don’t have one. You can head here on Amazon to get links for all the items you need to set up an a work from home area!
Choose Your Space
As I’ve said before, it’s not fair to assume that everyone has an actual home office or the space for a large workspace. The good thing is that you all can work with what you have, and you’ll be impressed by the results of your creativity! It’s best to choose an area of your home that you don’t use often, or won’t typically use throughout the day. I’ve seen a lot of people setting up their workspace in a guest room or dining area because they tend to have enough room to make you comfortable, yet remain focused. I wouldn’t order a physical desk right now if you don’t already have one, but I would consider a laptop stand and mouse to get more of that office feeling.
Make It Comfortable
Comfort is key when you’re home period, but it’s even more important when you’re working. The last thing you want is to feel crammed, mess with your posture, cramp up your hands, or feel any type of discomfort while trying to get work done. My biggest piece of advice here is to make sure your chair is the most comfortable. Adding some back support will make the working from home experience so much better—trust me! I also make sure to have wrist support while I’m sitting at my computer, because if I’m typing and clicking for too long, my wrist becomes a little sensitive. A mousepad or brace can help you with this.
Get Essential Materials
Apart from your computer and tech needs, your workspace might need some other essentials. Depending on your field of work, you may need a notebook, writing tools, filing space, calendar, etc. If you haven’t been super happy with your workspace until now, you might need some more essentials to make the process smoother. I also like having a water bottle with me at all times, some candles, and essential oils nearby as I work.
Set Up Proper Lighting
I cannot stress this enough! Lighting has a big affect on your mood and productivity. When you’re trying to get some work done, working in the dark or subpar lighting is nearly impossible. I like to open my windows and let the natural light as I work, but everyone’s lighting situation is different. If a desk lamp is helpful, I would highly consider getting one because the wrong lighting can make you feel sluggish or tired.
And of course, the most important part is making sure that your internet connection is up and ready to go. Some of you might need to upgrade to a different package for a faster and more secure connection, which is extra important right now. On the other hand, if you need more space for storing large files, I would get an external hard drive for your computer. If you’re working on large projects, a surge protector might come in handy so that you don’t lose any of your work in the middle of a power outage.