When you are working from home, it’s easy to lose focus. However, creating an attractive office nook in your living room can spice things up and give you the desired impetus to smash your deadlines every day.
Where to start?
The first step is to find a comfortable corner in your home, neither too hot nor too cold. Also, you don’t want to strain your eyes working all day long. Make sure there’s proper ambient lighting to make your screen-time more bearable.
Make sure your new found office space isn’t causing hindrance to other family members. If you live alone, you can set up your desk wherever you feel comfortable.
Found the space? Great! Now let’s get started.
Unless you are a rocket scientist working on the next space program, all you need is a stylish yet practical desk to create your workstation. While there are many choices on offer, always pick top-of-the-line. Here’s why.
1. It’s a one-time investment. You don’t create a home office every day.
2. And this is where you will spend probably 7-8 hours every day. So, it had better be good.
You can explore the premium range of Cattelan Italia products to find a stylish desk for your home office. The Qwerty range is one of the popular picks. It’s minimalist. It’s practical. To sum it up, it’s Italian craftsmanship.
This desk doubles as a reading corner when you are not working.
Get a suitable chair to match the desk height.
Ergonomics plays a significant role here. Sitting in an uncomfortable chair for hours can give you chronic neck/back pain. And if your work involves typing emails or writing articles, you will need the essential elbow support as well. So, make sure your chair has a cushioned armrest too.
There are two ways to go about it.
1. You can buy an office chair, or
2. Take any regular chair, throw in some cushions, and you are good to go.
The height of the chair matters. When you are sitting, your face should be at the same level as your screen. Looking up or down at your screen for extended hours can cause neck pain, and that’s the last thing you want when you are expected to be productive.
Set the background
Meeting prospects and clients on video calls has become the new normal. And we all know a video call can turn into an embarrassment in so many ways. But it’s also an opportunity to leave a great impression.
Setting up your workstation away from the wall leaves enough room to work on the background. Place a couple of centerpieces or fresh flowers in the vase on the table behind you or fill the space with wall-hung décor items. Set up your desk away from the entrance to avoid distractions.
If that sounds too much work, here’s a simple hack. Modern video conferencing platforms come with various virtual backgrounds. You can put up a background of your choice with a single click and never worry about your kid or spouse being themselves around you.
Do you often find yourself in a lazy spot despite trying really hard to stay motivated? Maybe it’s not you; it’s the clutter around you. A study at Princeton University reveals that clutter can hinder your productivity big time. A human brain functions better in an organized environment and stays motivated well into after-hours. A cluttered workstation does the opposite.
So don’t let clutter find its way into your workspace and overwhelm your brain. Stash it away in the closet or spend a few extra minutes to place the items nicely where they belong.