HOME WORKING TIPS

LAURUS LIFE | Homestyle

HOME WORKING TIPS

LAURUS LIFE | Homestyle

Lockdown has affected all of us in different ways

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One of the biggest changes it has brought to many people’s everyday lives has been the sudden increase in homeworking. Almost overnight we’ve had to go from working in offices, factories, warehouses and more to working… anywhere we can put a laptop and get some peace.

In the early days after the Prime Minister instructed anyone who could work from home to do so, it seemed that almost anything that could be used as a makeshift desk was being put to use, from ironing boards to kitchen tables. This might have worked in the short-term but isn’t great for our productivity or our backs! So as the situation has moved into the longer-term, we’ve needed to create better homeworking solutions.

Eventually we know that the way we work will go back to some kind of normal – or at least companies will be able to re-open their offices - and that will mean less homeworking for some, but if you’ve gained a taste for it and want to cut out that daily commute as much as possible, you may be thinking about how to find and create that perfect homeworking space.

If you’ve spent the last few months trying to work from a makeshift desk or office, you’ll perhaps be thinking that your next home needs a dedicated office space and be a room you will actually enjoy spending time working in, because the working day can be very long otherwise. So, when you’re looking at new homes, keep an eye out for potential office spaces.

Here are our tips for what to look for:

Choosing the right room

  

If you’re going to spend 7/8 hours a day, five days a week in one room of your home, it helps if it’s one that has a nice big window to let in the light and give you something other than your screen to look at.


Having a well-lit office is very important, as people with more light exposure in their offices slept better and for longer and generally had a better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure, according to a study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Natural light is also a great source of Vitamin D which makes us feel happier, as well as helping to fight depression, diabetes and chronic pain. One study found that being exposed to natural light resulted in an 84% drop in headaches, eyestrain and blurred vision, which can all happen when we stare at screens all day.

Choosing the right room

  

If you’re going to spend 7/8 hours a day, five days a week in one room of your home, it helps if it’s one that has a nice big window to let in the light and give you something other than your screen to look at.


Having a well-lit office is very important, as people with more light exposure in their offices slept better and for longer and generally had a better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure, according to a study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Natural light is also a great source of Vitamin D which makes us feel happier, as well as helping to fight depression, diabetes and chronic pain. One study found that being exposed to natural light resulted in an 84% drop in headaches, eyestrain and blurred vision, which can all happen when we stare at screens all day.

Some other things to consider include:

  
  • Blinds or curtains to help prevent sun in your eyes or glare on your screen

  • If you don’t have a big window or if the weather is a bit gloomy, try and get as much light as you can from lights and lamps

  • Try and keep the temperature even:; a little cooler is better than warmer for concentration levels

  • Use of an extension cable with a circuit breaker to help set up your equipment how you want it.

Some other things to consider include:

  
  • Blinds or curtains to help prevent sun in your eyes or glare on your screen

  • If you don’t have a big window or if the weather is a bit gloomy, try and get as much light as you can from lights and lamps

  • Try and keep the temperature even:; a little cooler is better than warmer for concentration levels

  • Use of an extension cable with a circuit breaker to help set up your equipment how you want it.

Creating a productive workspace

  

There’s lots to think about here, right down to what colour you decorate your home office (keep an eye out for our upcoming blog on interior design colour trends soon!). Studies have shown that our bodies react to colour on a physiological level, so here’s some suggestions to get you working at your best:

  • Black – good for concentration
  • Yellow – ideal for positivity
  • Purple – energising


Green is another colour that it is definitely worth having in your home office, in the form of plants. As well as looking nice, they are great for our health, filtering the air, helping us manage stress, focusing our energy and increasinge productivity. Don’t worry if you don’t have green fingers, you can get low maintenance plants like succulents that are easy to care for and resilient, no matter how often you forget to water them.

Creating a productive workspace

  

There’s lots to think about here, right down to what colour you decorate your home office (keep an eye out for our upcoming blog on interior design colour trends soon!). Studies have shown that our bodies react to colour on a physiological level, so here’s some suggestions to get you working at your best:

  • Black – good for concentration
  • Yellow – ideal for positivity
  • Purple – energising


Green is another colour that it is definitely worth having in your home office, in the form of plants. As well as looking nice, they are great for our health, filtering the air, helping us manage stress, focusing our energy and increasinge productivity. Don’t worry if you don’t have green fingers, you can get low maintenance plants like succulents that are easy to care for and resilient, no matter how often you forget to water them.

Be more productive

  

One reason that setting up a nice workspace in your home is important is that staying put there helps you be more productive. Google’s productivity advisor Laura Mae Martin says that by working in the same space each day, your brain starts to associate that spot with work. Moving around means resetting this process each time.


Here are the basics you need for a good, productive home office:

  • An ergonomic chair
  • Good lighting
  • A decent work computer with a stable internet connection
  • An environment you feel comfortable in, with as few distractions as possible.

Be more productive

  

One reason that setting up a nice workspace in your home is important is that staying put there helps you be more productive. Google’s productivity advisor Laura Mae Martin says that by working in the same space each day, your brain starts to associate that spot with work. Moving around means resetting this process each time.


Here are the basics you need for a good, productive home office:

  • An ergonomic chair
  • Good lighting
  • A decent work computer with a stable internet connection
  • An environment you feel comfortable in, with as few distractions as possible.

Keeping your home and work life separate

  

Something many of us may have found during lockdown is that working from home can mean blurring the lines between your work life and your home life. This was already a problem for many of us, with the wonders of modern technology meaning that work is ‘always on’, especially when your home is also your office.


Having a defined workspace helps with this, because it keeps the rest of your home as your space where you can relax with family and friends (when allowed), leaving all the worries and stresses of work in your home office/dedicated workspace. It may even help to have a routine, like going for a walk or into the garden straight after you finish work to help create a mental barrier between your workday and your evening.

Keeping your home and work life separate

  

Something many of us may have found during lockdown is that working from home can mean blurring the lines between your work life and your home life. This was already a problem for many of us, with the wonders of modern technology meaning that work is ‘always on’, especially when your home is also your office.


Having a defined workspace helps with this, because it keeps the rest of your home as your space where you can relax with family and friends (when allowed), leaving all the worries and stresses of work in your home office/dedicated workspace. It may even help to have a routine, like going for a walk or into the garden straight after you finish work to help create a mental barrier between your workday and your evening.

Keeping your home life and work life separate goes the other way too

  

As many of us have found when we’ve been on a Zoom call and had a child wander into the room for a chat or to show you their latest art project. Making sure you have a room with a door that can be closed and possibly even some kind of traffic light system (red sign on the door = “daddy/mummy is in a meeting – DO NOT COME IN”) can help avoid this or other potential embarrassing situations – though at least ours aren’t on live TV like that famous Robert Kelly interview on the BBC.


Despite all of the domestic dramas and complications that working from home can bring, lockdown has definitely changed the way we think about our home working spaces, so if you are planning to do more working from home in the future and want to find the right place to do it, why not check out what Laurus Homes can offer you and talk to our team?

Keeping your home life and work life separate goes the other way too

  

As many of us have found when we’ve been on a Zoom call and had a child wander into the room for a chat or to show you their latest art project. Making sure you have a room with a door that can be closed and possibly even some kind of traffic light system (red sign on the door = “daddy/mummy is in a meeting – DO NOT COME IN”) can help avoid this or other potential embarrassing situations – though at least ours aren’t on live TV like that famous Robert Kelly interview on the BBC.


Despite all of the domestic dramas and complications that working from home can bring, lockdown has definitely changed the way we think about our home working spaces, so if you are planning to do more working from home in the future and want to find the right place to do it, why not check out what Laurus Homes can offer you and talk to our team?

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