How to Set Up Your Home Office for Success

Professionals across the country have been forced to move their work to home, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while some areas are lifting stay-at-home orders, social distancing will continue for the foreseeable future.

If you’re used to working from an office, working from home may be a challenge, especially if you have kids or a spouse who is also working from home. To set yourself up for success when creating a home office space, follow these helpful tips:

Find a dedicated space.

Your home workspace should be quiet and secluded. Avoid working from the kitchen table or plopped down on the couch. Find a dedicated room for working, so you’re able to separate work from your personal life at the end of the day.

Look for spaces with easy outlet access and good lighting. If possible, work in a room with a window. Especially during this time when people are hunkered down, it’s amazing what some vitamin D and fresh air can do.

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Prioritize comfort.

You’re going to be spending a lot of time here, so comfort is important! Make sure you have a comfortable chair with proper back support, and position your computer so that the screen is at eye-level and you aren’t straining your neck. Depending on how you work best, you might also want to invest in a desk that allows you to stand as well as sit.

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Get the right technology.

Are you more productive with multiple monitors? Do you work better with an external keyboard or an additional webcam on top of your monitor? If you foresee being at home for a while, it might be worth it to invest in technology that will help you work better and more efficiently. It might take a few days to identify what you need in terms of technology.

It also might help to use a dedicated phone if possible for work calls. Again, it’s important to separate your personal life from work life.

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Add personal touches.

We’re all experiencing one of the most stressful times in recent history. Adding some pictures of loved ones or small trinkets that make you happy or relieve stress can really help with the transition.

How have you set up your home office? Share more tips in the comments.