There’s no place like home. Here in Central Indiana, we know that nothing says comfort like being home. However, now that more people are beginning to work from home, how does that affect home comfort?
According to a Gallup poll, in 2016, 43% of Americans reported working from home, which was up from 39% in 2013. For those who work in an office, much of your comfort may be beyond your control. But when you work from home, you’ll find a lot more flexibility in making it your own. Read up for some tips on keeping your work from home space comfortable.
Create well-designed home office space. This may seem like a no-brainer, but starting with a designated home office is key. Whether you prefer a traditional or standing desk, it’s important to be sure this space is organized and well-equipped with everything you need to do your best work. Don’t have space for a separate home office? From Forbes: “Not everybody has the luxury of a separate home office where you can close the door, but you can define your space with a filing cabinet, plants or a screen,” Helene Liatsos, founder of Home Office Management Experts in Los Angeles suggests. “I know a woman who put down an area rug in a corner of her living room. Her business equipment is on that rug, so when she’s on the rug, she’s at work. Off the rug, she’s at home.”
Set up a comfortable space… Once your dedicated space is established, be sure you are not only organized but comfortable. This includes a great chair, coffee at your side, comfortable clothing, and getting your home’s temperature where you want it to be. Having all of this established before your day begins will help prevent getting up and down several times. …But not too comfortable! Comfort is key, but working from the bed or sofa can make it way easier to slack off during the day!
Stay focused. Distractions at home can be more tempting to stray to than when you’re in an office. You may get distracted by anything from social media to errands, but keep in mind that it’s impossible to maintain a perfect work-life balance all day. Use a time-tracking app such as StayFocused to limit the amount of time you spend browsing the internet. You can also set a schedule for your own work and home hours as a simple way to stay focused.
Avoid interruptions. Yet another distraction when you’re home — unannounced visitors. Even a “quick” chat can turn into a much longer visit when you’re not watching the time. Be firm with yourself and any potential guests. Your work time is not the time for visitors. Be sure to also remind other members of your household to stay out of your workspace (We all remember when Professor Robert Kelly was interrupted by his children during his BBC News interview!).
Plan something after work. Being at home all day can begin to feel isolating. Try to plan a way to get out of the house once your work day is over. It doesn’t mean you have to become a social butterfly — simply going on a walk or hitting the gym are great ways to separate your work life from your home life.
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