Published on April 30, 2020
Written by The Servion Group
At one point during the coronavirus pandemic, a stunning 95 percent of Americans were living in cities and states where stay-at-home orders were in effect. Even now, as some states ease their stay-at-home orders and some people return to work, tens of millions are still working from home. For those of us who are doing so, one key to success is finding ways to be efficient and comfortable with.
Maybe you already had a home office ready to go before this all started. Or maybe you’ve set up shop at the kitchen table. If you’re particularly dedicated, maybe you’ve improvised a workspace using an ironing board or turned a baby’s high chair into a desk.
Here are four ways to create an at-home work area that actually helps you get the job done.
No, not the operating system. If you haven’t already, try finding an area with windows so you get some natural light while you work. But windows aren’t just good for light; if it’s warm enough where you live, you can open that window and let in some fresh air.
Your parents were right – good posture matters. Invest in a decent desk chair, then pay attention to how you sit. If you start having aches and pains, you know it’s time to adjust something about your workstation.
3. Equipment position
How you arrange your computer, monitor, keyboard and mouse matters. Find a way to situate your computer so it’s at a comfortable height for typing and where you can see the screen without craning your neck. If you can, follow the advice of corporate ergonomic consultant Ellen Kolber and use and external keyboard and mouse so you can move your laptop to eye level while keeping your mouse and keyboard closer to you.
4. Add the little things
The pandemic is adding stress to everyone’s lives, and considering life is usually stressful enough anyway, it’s a great idea to try to find little ways to improve your mood while your working at home. Surround yourself with anything that makes you smile, from happy photos to a favorite coffee cup. Whatever reminds you that better days are ahead.
For more ideas, check out this article in CNN’s ongoing Work Transformed series.