HOW TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE WORK-FROM-HOME WORKSPACE
If working from home requires you to spend much of your day sitting at a desk, we have some tips to help you create a happier, healthier, and more productive workspace.
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Whether you’re a developer dealing with code or a sales rep for a software company, working in the technology industry can mean long hours sitting in front of a computer. It can also mean having more displays, peripherals, and devices than the average person.
So, if you consider yourself to be a lover of all things technology and you need to create a work-from-home setup, this article is for you. We’ll help you create a workspace that is perfect for getting work done AND for playing your next Fortnite Battle Royale.
Tips for Creating a Home Workspace
1. Create a Dedicated Workspace
First and foremost, a dedicated workspace is needed for focus and productivity, so take the time to choose a consistent spot to work from in your home. If you’re working during the day and gaming at night, you might consider a standing desk. While this might sound counterintuitive, standing in intervals can encourage movement, which can improve your health and productivity. Plus, a standing desk can keep you more engaged for those daily Zoom calls. Look for a standing desk with an LED display that allows you to program in your preferred height settings. That way, all it takes is the touch of a button to raise or lower your desk. This is ideal because you’ll likely want to sit and stand throughout the day (and evening), so the easier it is to raise and lower your desk—the better.
2. Fight the Fatigue
Now that you’ve committed to standing at your desk more often to improve your health and productivity, there’s one more way you can fight the fatigue that comes with being at your computer day and night—and that’s by utilizing a standing mat with your standing desk. A standing mat can make you more comfortable by improving your circulation and by supporting your feet and knees. Your standing mat is critical for standing more and sitting less, so don’t neglect this game-changer for your workspace.
3. Look for Ergonomic Seating
Sitting properly is crucial to your workday as well. So, it’s important to put several physical practices into place AND find an ergonomic chair that can be customized to fit your needs. Just as when you’re standing, it’s important to maintain good posture, so be sure to sit upright and not hunched over. Sit with your feet flat on the ground and use your chair’s multiple adjustment points (height, armrest, and reclining feature) to sit in an ergonomic position. For additional tips on how to sit properly, check out this article. Or you could think completely outside the idea of a traditional office chair and use an Active Seat, which can add even more movement to your day.
4. Use Monitor Arms
Using monitor arms allows you to solve multiple challenges. First, you free up additional desk space, which is ideal for making room for other devices as well as your keyboard. Second, by bringing your monitors to eye level, you can reduce neck strain. With monitor arms, you can also situate your monitors in a horizontal or vertical position, with the latter being ideal if you’re looking at long screens of code or working on website design. In any case, monitor arms can drastically change your work-from-home setup for the better.