It’s important to have a proper workspace set-up if you are working from home for the long haul. You need a dedicated space in your home to work and store your professional materials, such as contracts, business cards and tech. In lockdown, many of us had to work at the kitchen table or in the guest room. It’s time to make a workspace of your own so you can stay focused and feel motivated.
Before you look into decorating your workspace, you need to get the practical elements down. You need to consider the ergonomics of your workspace and how to make it as comfortable as possible. Ergonomics refers to the height of your chair, desk posture, monitor height and much more.
The correct ergonomic setup can reduce strain on your joints and improve your posture. If you have sore shoulders and a stiff neck at your desk, you might need to change a few things.
First up, find a desk with enough room for your thighs, knees and feet to fit under. You can put a few books under the desk to raise it up higher if need be.
Add a pad to the edge of the desk to make it more comfortable on your arms and wrists. If you experience an injury at home from straining at your desk, contact a professional as soon as possible.
You need a supportive chair that moulds to the curve of your spine. Make sure you can adjust the chair to the correct height so your feet lay flat on the floor and your shoulders are relaxed. It’s worth spending a little extra on an ergonomic desk chair so you can be comfortable all day long.
While laptops are handy for commuting and working on the go, they encourage poor posture. You will be looking down at the screen and spending hours every day in a slumped position. Get a screen monitor to connect to your laptop and place it at eye level.
It can be directly behind your keyboard, so you can see it easily and type quickly. Screen monitors are affordable and easy to link with your laptop.
You will also need a smooth keyboard to work alongside your screen monitor and a mouse. Put any essential stationery items, like a stapler and mouse, within your reach as well. You can work far more efficiently when your most used items are within reach. Make sure to get up regularly throughout the day to stretch your body and refresh your mind.