In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, there has been a drastic change in many daily routines, with many referring to it as the “new normal.” One of the most drastic changes the pandemic has brought is the shift from the traditional working environment to remotely working from home. Interestingly, in 2018, about 65% of respondents said they found the home-working environment more productive. The best way to ensure you are efficient and productive at home is by having a functional working space. Here are some tips for creating the perfect home office.
Keep a schedule board
One of the ways to stay productive is to be organized. An organized home office can help you complete your various daily tasks on time and without rushing through. When creating your home office, be sure to dedicate a side of the room for a schedule board. Your schedule board would help you keep all your schedules together. Now that you have responsibilities at home and work, you would need to be reminded of tasks, appointments, and meetings concerning work and the house- all the same time! And although you can create a to-do list, it may be easy to get the schedules mixed up. Your home office schedule board helps you map out your plans more clearly, and since you would always see it, you will be reminded of what you need to do. With a schedule board, you would for example not forget to call a mortgage broker concerning your borrowing, and you would remember your Zoom meeting at 2pm.
Make provision for high-speed internet
Since you are working from home, you will need to communicate with your colleagues working from home regularly. This would require a reliable internet system; slow internet speeds would make you less productive and leave you spending most of your time being frustrated with your internet service instead of getting any work done. Therefore, before you go ahead to set up your home office, you should get a reliable and fast internet connection. You can consult the various internet providers to get a range of offers so you can make the right choice with your money. Be sure that your routers are positioned in strategic areas of the house to ensure that they can provide high-speed internet. Ensure there is no clutter around your router, as this can disrupt the signal.
Allow natural lighting into your home office
Natural lighting offers a good dose of Vitamin D and stimulates the brain to perform better. Therefore, when setting up your home office, open your blinds or drapes to allow more natural light into the room. Besides the illumination, you will conserve your electricity consumption. Although monthly electricity bills vary across the US, some states tend to attract more energy costs than others. Fortunately, you can control and monitor your usage by making use of more natural lighting.
A home office takes away the costs involved in commuting to work and getting there on time. Unlike the office setting where you may have to share cubicles, your home office offers you more personal space. Be sure that there are minimal distractions so you can work efficiently and productively. Hopefully, these tips would help you create the perfect home office.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.