Drum English|4 June 2020
At first it was a novelty. Lockdown meant no more getting dressed up, tackling traffic and settling down in an office that’s either too hot or too cold. Working from home meant you could slouch around on the sofa in your pyjamas while getting your work done faster.
But fast-forward a few weeks and your back aches, you’re irritable because you’re constantly being interrupted by family members and it looks as if this work-from-home business is going to continue for the foreseeable future as the pandemic is going nowhere.
It’s time to get serious about setting up a healthy workspace. Here’s what you need to know.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Ideally you need a dedicated room to work in, preferably one you can close the door on at the end of the workday. But if this isn’t possible, earmark a dedicated space in your home, one that isn’t a thoroughfare for others.
If you have small children, however, you might want to situate the office relatively close to their play area to keep an eye on them.
Avoid using your bedroom as an office. If you work in here you’ll find it hard to switch off when you need to unwind.
Keep all your work materials organised in your chosen workspace to avoid having your job spill over into the rest of your home.
“You don’t want to drag work into the living room or other places you are trying to relax in,” says interior designer Kerrie Kelly.
SHINE A LIGHT
Your workspace should have good lighting. First prize is if it’s next to a window so you can get some fresh air and natural light.
“When we are hunkered down in this way, we don’t realise how beneficial that vitamin D and fresh air truly is,” Kelly says.
Poor lighting can strain your eyes, sap your energy and cause headaches, impairing your ability to work effectively.
Avoid working under the direct glare of overhead lights. Diffuse the ambient light that will illuminate your office space by using lampshades or an upward-shining floor lamp.
The goal is to light up the entire space without creating glare or creating shadows.
OUT OF STOCK?
Many retailers may be sold out of office equipment with so many people working from home. In this case, you could:
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