Many people have been forced to adjust to working under the new normal. Some chose to focus on things they’ve been putting off, like fixing that broken stone paving in the garden or generally fixing things around the house. Others chose to embrace the new challenge of work and improve their own office at home.
There are no assurances when things will be back to normal. For now, people need to embrace the change of working from home. It’s not that hard to work at home — despite the many ‘distractions’ people say there are. The returns are worth it many times over.
Here are a few improvements you can add to your home office to give yourself that productive feeling. Let’s start with…
Canceling the Noise
There are two ways you can do this. The first requires finding the most secluded spot in your home. This could be the room farthest away from the road and the neighbors, or it could be a sweet spot in your garden. Working here will do wonders in your productivity since you have less noise to deal with.
The second requires a bit of sleuthing on your part. Find the best noise-canceling headphones available in online stores. These may be considered a stop-gap solution, but they will go far in keeping you focused on work. Calls are also made more tolerable with these on.
Clear, Unobstructed Lighting
Many of these are out on the market, but it’s simply a case of lighting that hits you at the right angle. For instance, try working in your garden — the sunlight hitting you at the right angle (you can see the computer screen without angle) is what you’re trying to achieve. Replace the lights in your room if you feel that they are dimmer than usual. Alternatively, you can also use ring lights, which are sold in stores. They help you stay focused on the work you’re supposed to be doing.
A Space to Feel Like You’re Working
When you’re working at home, it’s easy to get distracted. For one, when you’re working in the bedroom, there’s your bed — it’s easy to lie down there, and before you know it, you don’t have any work done yet. When you’ve got a proper workstation at home, this isn’t much of a problem.
You can also choose to work outside. The thing is that this isn’t recommended during the pandemic, but perhaps, you can find a co-working space in your local vicinity. Just remember to keep distant from other people while working. It’s also a big help in maintaining your focus on the tasks at hand and not on other people.
Expenses Are Not that Hard
There are working arrangements where the office backs up every improvement to your home office. These may be partially or fully deductible. If you want to improve your home office, then now’s the time. Expenses may range from your workstation, accessories to that workstation, or a general improvement of your home office space. If you’re planning to add something new to your home office, then the perfect time may be now.
The effectiveness of your working experience at home depends on how much cooperation the office may have in your plans. If you want to add a lot of improvements, you might have to take it easy — it might not be deductible from your office. If you must spend money from your own pocket, keep in mind that the extra productivity you’ll get may make it all worth it.