arrangement and the casual conversationswith coworkers that happen attheir offices.It doesn’t matter if you like it oraren’t keen on it, working remotelyfor those who are able to doit;not every job lends itselfto thiskind flexibility -this is not uncommon for manyof us due tothepandemic.
For those who areunfamiliar with working from home There’s plenty of guidanceout there on how todeal with the pitfallsas well as remain productive and balanced(“Takea shower!” “Don’t spend toothe majority of your time on social media!”).
From my own experience working from home canbean absolute joywhen you allowit.So , I’d love to sharesome ideas to createa workspace and routines thatcanhelp make working from homean enjoyable and long-lasting experience.Perhaps?You might notever want to return tothe office!
1.Take care of your body
In her book, Proposalsfor the FeminineEconomic System,Jenn Armbrust Städfirma i Göteborg offers a seriesofprinciples, the firstprinciple being”Youmust have an organ.”This may sound simple however, working fromhome can cause youtooverlookthe body’s fundamental needs.When you worked at your office it is likely that you havedesk chairs that were ergonomic oradjustable workstation.If you’re not workingat home your workspace could consistof a kitchen table , andan ordinary chair.
There’s no need to investin an entire home office however, you should pay attentiontothe way you feelwhen working fromhome. Onebenefit ofworkingat homeas opposed to being inan office isthe ability to change your positionoften.Take a few different postures fromsitting inan office chair, sitting atthe counter of your kitchen, relaxingonthe sofa or sittingon a yogablocksitting on the floor withyour coffee table serving asa desk. It took mea while(andsome significantshoulderpain)before I realizedthat theideal posture forlong writing exercises for meissittingon a backless bench nearyour dining room table.The practice of experimenting with different positions can helpyoufind the best physical position faster.
Anotherthing to take note ofismovement.There’s a chance you’ll walkduring youroffice dayfrom the officeby bus or trainorin the parking lot betweenmeetings,and even to the cafefor a second cup of coffeeand those breaks are often lostwhen everything you’ll needis withinthe confines of a fewroomsin your home. When I firststartedworkingat home, Ifound myself surprised whenIwas sometimes able to complete lessthan1,000 steps in aday!
Theflexibility of work from homeis thatit is possible to move wheneveryou want to.Set a timer foran exercise routine or yoga classto break upa longemailconversation.Whileresearching my new bookJoyful I took unplanneddance breaks whenever I wasstuck ona chapter and cleared my mindhowever it would have been difficulttodo in the office. I alsobegan takingan hour-long walk inthe parkto end eachday. Inwarmer months I’d copyoutthemost current draft and takeit with me . Then, I’d situnder the shade while markingthe page. Inwinter, I’d mark iton the kitchen tablefollowing my returnhome.
2.Make the most of your commute
How long wasyourcommute before you got stricken? For many, it can range between30 minutes totwohour(or more) all round everyday.It can really add up. Even at thetiniest of levels at 30 minuteseach day can add up totwo and ahalf hours thatyou’ve gained in aweek!
The key is being intentionalabout how you spend thattime.In your calendarbut it doesn’t havetobe at the exacttime of your commute- just as you wouldthe time for a meeting.
You could also block thattime to enjoy free, unstructured time, somethingmost adults don’t getenough of.But then make sure toput tools down whenthe calendar alert goes offandallow yourself time tobe a part of it.
3. Createa sensory landscape
With Flyttstädning i Göteborgdull colors along with the synthetic carpets and loudHVAC systems,workplaces are filled with a dullsensory environment.Take in the noise generated byopen-plan seating, as well as thepossibility that some spacesare often too cold orhot, anda typicalworkplace can be extremely unpleasanttobe in for long periods of time but it isn’t easy to focus on gettingon your work.
While we oftenthink of the issue as excessive stimulation, in fact officesare equally likely tobe understimulating.Workspaces are traditionally designedbased on the beliefthatto maximize productivity youmust minimize distractions,which has led to boring, uninterestingenvironments.Research showsthat whenpeople who work in”lean”workspacescompare to those workingin “enriched”workspaces that includepaintings, plantsand more sensorial stimulation, the workers in theenriched spaces are 15 percentmore productive.In addition, if workershave the ability to control the locationoftheir furniture? They’re33percentmore productive.
If you workfrom home, it’s possible tolook like the workersin theclassroomthat controlled their own workstationsand createdthe perfect sensory environmentfor you.This could meaneliminating unpleasant feelings, for example byusing noise-cancelling headsets to blockoff distracting sounds or adjustthe temperature to make itsuitable for your needs.
Additionally, you should look forways toadd pleasant sensationsin your workspace.Place an image on your wall thatoffers your eyes something tosit on as you lookoff from your monitor. Play nature sounds.Select a mug of bright colorto enjoy your morning cup ofcoffee.
Thesensations of smell and toucharenotably neglectedin the time we’re tinkeringat our keyboards,therefore look for waystoappeal to them. Forexample I cover the benchI sit on when writingwith a woolen cloth, whichhas a distinctively non-office-liketexture. I keepthe essential oils in a bottleon my desk, andsometimes I use a diffuserinhale the scent.
4.Get some sunshine
One issue with poorly-designed aspects ofconventional offices is howvery little daylight is providedin workspaces.For the majority of workers, theonly light during the dayis provided by the dim fluorescentsoverhead.But studies show that workersthat are more exposed todaylight have better sleep(upup to 46 extra minutespernight), areless stressed, andmore activethroughoutthedays.Light is a key factor in the regulation of hormones andneurotransmitters. It affectsmany aspects, from our level of awareness,stress levels and our immune system, as well asour moods.
At home, youhave more control over whereyou’d like to work from When you have the option,choose a space nearan opening.And ifyou’re not getting muchdaylight in your space Make use of lamps to increasetheluminosity.Just as too muchblue light from our screenscouldkeep us upat night, a healthydose of brightlight in the daytime canaid in keeping our 24-hourinternal kontorsstadning i Göteborg clock synchronized.
Ifyouused to drivefor work, yougot at least a littlesunlight along the way but this is not the caseif now you jump straightinto work in the morning.Light has the biggest impactover our daily rhythmsearly intheearly morning hours, so make suretogo foran hour or twoprior to sitting down.
5. Green yourworkplace
A simple wayto make your work spacehappier is to includegreenery.The plants that are unable to thrivein the dim lightingin a work space canthrivein your living space, andyou also get the added benefitof getting to enjoy themwhen you’re off workingwell.You don’t have to havethe same number of plants asSummer Rayne Oakes does in herliving space, but even just addingone or two has been proventorelieve stress and enhanceyour ability to concentrate.
One issue I’ve experiencedworking from home isthe need to make transitions.It’s difficulttoquit doing thosehouse chores(emptying the dishwasher, folding laundry, etc.)before getting to work when there’s workyou’re trying to avoid.Actually, many writerscomplain that their houses arenever cleaner than when they’rewriting a book.
One thing that is helpful ishaving aritual to signal thebeginning of a work day. I havetwo”GettoWork” playliststhat aid withthis: oneto write or email, and one that is for writing.They always beginwith the exact same song, so it becomes likea sonic trigger that primesme tofocus.
Other options for transitions arepouring a new cup oftea or coffee, doinga quick stretchor settingthe timer to focus(IuseTide, theTideappson myphone).
7.You can make snack time special
Most guides for working from homerecommend takingyour lunch in a restaurant, butI admit that when I’mbusy, Iprefereating lunchon my computer.This doesn’t mean thatI don’t believe intaking breaks, though.As I’ve mentioned before the most important aspectsofbreaks to me areto go outside andincorporate movement into my day.
I alsoenjoy a nicesnack break.The way we think about snacks isas fuel however for me,they’re more like a treat.In addition, as writerGretchen Rubin has pointed out, treats can help makepeople feel appreciated and feel energized and enthusiastic.Having access to your ownkitchen will mean that you won’tbe reliant onthe processed foods that make upsnacks in offices and you don’t havetoconsume it froma bag.
I’ma fanof cuttingup fruitsandthen arranging it inan e-wheel around my plate or creating little samplerplatesfrom the fridge ofpickles, olivesand othersnacks. Ican also make energy bars orbanana breadand freeze someso that I have itfor a snack during the week.Your office is yoursnow, so think aboutwhat would make youfeelgood about yourself and makean area for it inyour day-to-dayroutine.