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Establishing a dedicated workspace at home in 5 easy steps

By Tom Banks

With more and more companies adopting a location-independent workforce, the rate of home working has skyrocketed. In fact, the number of people working from home in the US has jumped by 115% in the past decade alone.

If you’re not careful, working from home can be full of temptations, and typing emails from the couch is one of them. Yet however tempting it is to shun your desk in favor of a comfy spot, sacrificing a dedicated work space can have a huge effect on your motivation and working mindset. For peak productivity, it’s important to have a comfortable working area with everything you need for the job at hand. Here are five easy steps to make that happen:


1. Prioritize natural light

Having a desk by a window doesn’t just give you a nice view; it ensures you get plenty of natural light. It might not sound too important, but exposure to natural light has been linked to better workplace performance, as well as improved sleep and mood. Time to fling open those curtains!


2. Invest in a desk

You might have convinced yourself that your kitchen table will do, but for optimum productivity, only a desk will do. Just make sure you don’t forget about comfort. You’re going to spend a lot of your day here, so make sure it offers plenty of breathing space. To create healthy work routine when at home, it really helps to build a place your brain recognizes as somewhere work gets done.


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3. Buy a lamp

With natural light comes natural darkness, making a desk lamp an essential part of your home office kit. Pick a bulb that offers enough brightness to see you through to the end of the work day, without being too glaring. After all, creating an attractive office ambience is a great way to keep you interested in your workspace.


4. Don't skimp on the chair

Picking a desk chair is like choosing a mattress. It’s not a decision to be taken lightly. For a chair that’s going to support you for years to come, look for one that is fully adjustable and ergonomic.


5. Make it personal

Just as you might have personal photos, plants, or supplies on your office desk, consider these personal touches at home, too. Again, it’s all about creating a space where you feel comfortable and productive.

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