Updated: Feb 17
Home Office, there we go again..... It used to be a rarity and quite ok occasionally.
However, it seems that working from home is the new trend forced upon many of us.
While not everyone has workspace at home, I will tell you below how to make your home office a happy, healthy, and efficient working space.
There are a few deciding factors to feel happy and keep you sane in your Home Office:
- Individually adapted equipment - Correct light - Enough fresh air - Social contacts.... - And, a good feeling about the place you are in
Optics play a big role in 'well-being' and that includes colors and room temperature. Soothing, earthy colors like greens and blues evoke a feeling of calm if you are looking to reduce stress. While light colors, such as warm whites, are great if you want to create a room free of distraction.
Plants definitely need a place in your workspace. They help to reduce stress, help to increase productivity, plants clean the air, and can boost creativity.
You might have ongoing debates about too hot / too cold at the office but at home, it is
'you' who decides on what feels good. The best workable temperatures are between 19°
For the correct sitting position, bring your legs up at a ninety-degree angle, while your forearms are also at the same angle on the tabletop.
Your desk should best stand parallel to the window and to relieve your eyes, you could look out the window for about 20 seconds, every 20 minutes, and fix your eyes on something that is about 5 meters away.
The distance to your computer screen should be 50CM to max. 70 CM.
Crucial to mention is that you should not mix work and private. Some personal items are alright but if it's work time, you are ideally only surrounded by work items. When it's private time, stow the work items away, out of sight, so that you do not think of them or are reminded of work at home too much.
Try to avoid chaos. And for this, you could use a trolley, a magazine holder, or a shelf to keep it all organized.
It is also important that you reduce private affairs or noise while working. If you do not have a separate room available for your Home Office, you can think of a paravent/room divider or a big plant to separate functions in the room or use a desk with integrated side-screens.