5 Ways to Improve Your Home Office Setup
Well, it looks like working from home is here to stay. However, mentally leaving “home mode” and entering “work mode” can be difficult if you never physically leave your house and your bed only steps away. To help you get your home office up to par for maximum efficiency, we have put together a list of essential upgrades that can help you improve your home office setup.
- Lean into an ergonomic setup
Many office spaces are designed with employee comfort in mind, but our home offices can be a little less thought out and could potentially increase discomfort and stress during the workday. You can make a few upgrades when it comes to your office equipment. Consider investing in an ergonomic chair and desk. An ergonomic chair will provide you with the support you need to avoid neck and back pain and ergonomic desks can often move up and down giving you the ability to sit or stand as you work throughout the day. Additionally, specific keyboards, laptop risers and an external mouse can add extra comfort to your current office workspace.
- Soft light desk lamp for your optic and mental health
Another hallmark of a happy, productive work environment is a simple soft light desk lamp. A soft glow gives your work environment that warm, cozy feeling that may contribute to a mellower and less stressful home office. Studies have shown that exposure to natural light during the day has positive effects on our mental and physical health, too, so open those blinds and let that light in — your brain will thank you for it. On the flipside, working in dimly lit environments where screens are the main light source strains the eyes, which can lead to fatigue, headaches and blurred vision.
- A whiteboard for analog creativity
Incorporating a whiteboard into your work environment gives you a fun alternative for scratch work and brainstorming ideas that need space to conceptualize. Writing outlines, storyboards, goals, and mantras on whiteboards can be a huge boon for productivity.
- Plants to boost your mood
Plants are more than just pretty decorations. Studies show that being around plants is good for your health — they filter the air and their presence is therapeutic. Plants brighten up and add color to otherwise sterile indoor spaces. Plants help us better manage stress and refocus our energy, and psychologists have found that bringing some flora into a workspace can increase productivity by up to 15 percent.
- Scent the Air
Put an inexpensive candle on your desk or add a few drops of essential oil to a cup of very hot water. If you believe in aromatherapy, certain smells can make us feel calm (lavender) or energized (citrus).
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