With the whole world trying to navigate our new “normal”, it is easy to get overwhelmed with the new work environment we are all facing or may soon be facing. Working from home will be an adjustment for those who are so used to working within an office environment every day. Here at Schroeder Solutions, we believe in continued learning and with this period of time, we are trying to make the transition easier for you with some tips on personal wellness and how to best set up your home office space for success!

Here are five things to consider when setting up your home office:

  • Equipment:
    • Speed and efficiency are critical when working from home.
    • Don’t pay for something you will not use on a daily basis.
    • Make sure you can access computer support, whether it’s your office IT professional or even just the manufacturer.
    • Wi-Fi speeds should be quick, so you don’t have to waste time waiting for things to work. Consider temporarily upgrading your bandwidth on our routers with your internet provider.
  • Lighting:
    • Natural Daylight is ideal, but if this is not possible task lighting is key!
    • There are plenty of warm/cool task lights available at a fantastic price.
  • Privacy:
    • Make sure you can work effectively and without distractions. Communicate with others that might be living with you what your work hours will be. That way, they will know to check with you before engaging in conversations!
    • Additional privacy can be completed through:
      • Portable screens
      • Storage (like bookcases)
      • White noise
      • Signs (like “No Interruptions” or “Quiet Please”)

  • Layout & Organization:
    • Accessories or organizational tools can drastically change your space – how it looks & feels, creating a space that “feels” like an office in your home may seem odd, but it can help train your brain that this area is for work only.
      • Pencil Cups, Paper Trays, Card Holders, Notepads,
    • Make sure things are in a place that serves you
      • Ask yourself – “Is this in a place that is efficient and functional for me to work?”
  • Ergonomics:
    • Make sure your office furniture and accessories are going to have your health and wellbeing in mind,
    • Invest in good task seating, plenty of our manufacturers have quick ship programs with extremely affordable task seating that can be shipped directly to your home!
    • Height adjustable surfaces, or the ability to move your computer in a space where you can stand.
    • Keyboard & Mouse pads.
    • Foot rests.

 

5 Common “Work From Home” Mistakes:

  • Thinking you can “tune it out”, self-discipline is going to be really key to ensuring you maintain productivity at home.
  • Inadequate storage.
  • Lack of space.
  • Slow internet or computer.
  • Lack of wire management.

 

Maintaining a normal schedule and routine is also going to help make the transition easier, consider the following tips to help you:

  • Maintain your morning routine: get up, make a cup of coffee/breakfast, change out of pajamas, continue your morning workout routines from home and then get started, it will help train your brain into knowing what time it is to work.
  • Schedule Breaks: making sure to stick to regular breaks you would take at work, give yourself time to walk away from the computer screen for lunch and two fifteen minute breaks.
  • Go Outside: try to leave your home or workspace regularly, fresh air and natural light can do wonders for productivity.
  • Keep a Dedicated Office Space: see tips above!
  • Manage Expectations/Communication Lines: continue to talk to managers and coworkers about tasks and how they can be accomplished while at home, discuss timelines and how you can track milestones, talk about priorities and make yourself a realistic to-do list for each day you are working.
  • Stay Connected: reach out to coworkers and check in on them, at home work can feel isolating, it’s ok to have conversations without an agenda and can brighten your mood and spirit

Check out some more helpful links with home office ideas and tips on wellness to help you better navigate this time:

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/home-offices-slideshow

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/15/815549926/8-tips-to-make-working-from-home-work-for-you

https://www.parents.com/parenting/work/life-balance/how-to-master-being-a-work-at-home-mom/