If you’re not an essential worker, you were probably unexpectedly thrown into working from home. And while that’s not necessarily a bad thing (bye-bye commute and business attire), an uncomfortable home office can certainly add to the stress we’re all under.
Whether you’re in tight quarters or trying to work around children, how do you draw the line between office and living space? Here are a few tips that can help:
1. Designate a Clear Workspace
Consistency is helpful when it comes to working from home. Pick a comfortable area — put a desk in the corner of your living room or by a window, for instance — and stick to it. Having your own space (no matter how small) makes it a bit easier to focus on your work.
2. Clear the Clutter
Keep your work in your workspace. Try to think of your workspace as your office, and keep it distinct from the areas where you cook dinner or watch TV — so no bills, magazines, etc.
3. Minimize Distractions
For those of you with children, this will be easier said than done. To keep out noise, consider designating quiet times, wearing headphones, and closing doors if possible.
4. Set Business Hours
To maintain a work-life balance while working from home, set hours when you’re officially “on the clock.” For some, sticking to the standard 9-to-5 workday is helpful. No matter the hours you choose, having a schedule can help create a sense of normalcy.
5. Get Comfortable
By now, you know what’s working and what isn’t for you. If you feel like you could use additional back support, different lighting or refreshing artwork, make sure you address those needs. Having a physically and mentally comforting space will pay off.