While many professionals have the luxury of a beautiful home office, others do not, and quarantine has really forced this reality onto many. Makeshift desks are popping up everywhere and some include a couch and a pillow. Working long hours in an awkward position not only hurts but in the long run it can cause more chronic physical issues like tendonitis. On top of that, you may not be as productive as you’d like. Here are a couple things to think about when creating the best-case scenario workspace.
There are a few ways to create an office set up in your home to ensure you are being kind to your body. For your bum, use a pillow or folded towel to create a pad on a too-firm chair. Roll up a towel for lumbar support, and if you can, elevate your legs and your computer for better circulation. Change your position often so you can do repetitive motions in a different way. If you can afford it, consider purchasing items that give you as much comfort as possible and will help keep your body in a good place.
This is easier said than done. If there is an opportunity to make a space that is just your own, it might be a good idea to set up your office there. Thomas Frank has some good ideas like setting up a card table as a desk or making sure you distinguish a workspace from a relaxation space. Space can have a huge impact on your production or creativity so pick an area that can really maximize your efficiency.
Many people have difficulty working from home because there are so many distractions. Don’t set up in an area where you can see the tv or look at that giant load of laundry you still need to get done. People can also be a distraction, and finding a way to get away from them is a good idea. If this is impossible, consider a pair of noise-canceling headphones to block out any chatter.
Quarantine or not, if you are fortunate to be working from home, you need to have a set up that works for your body and productivity. Eliminate distractions and you’ll be furiously typing away in no time. Who knows? Maybe you will actually start loving your home set up more than the office!