By Nicole Fuge, MD® Managing Editor
Anyone else guilty of working from their bed, or reclining on the couch with their laptop resting on their legs? Glad it’s not just me then. While I am comfy AF, it’s not exactly the ideal working space, plus it makes it way too easy to get distracted by other things, like scrolling the ‘gram and online shopping… #procrastination.
1 // Clear out the area first
A clear space is a clear mind, which is exactly what you want your COVID-19 at home office to be. If you don’t have a spare room to convert, make sure the space you choose is dedicated to working only. Doing this will help you to go from work mode into a home mode while helping to remove distractions and maintain concentration.
2 // Quality over quantity
If you haven’t already, invest in functional furniture for storage; flat-pack furniture is great because you can customise the design for a more tailored, designer look. Use the furniture to hide cords and printers – it’ll maximise space and keep the office organised and de-cluttered. Plus, an ergonomic chair – it’s not just about looks!
3 // Lighting is key
Good task lighting is essential, consider placing the desk under the window, the natural light and bright outlook will make sitting at a desk less arduous. If this isn’t possible add mirrors and desk lights. It might be difficult to get an electrician to come out to install new lights at the moment and hopefully this is just a temporary solution.
4 // Breathe some life in
Introduce plant life, it not only looks green and lush, but it can add fragrance and improve air quality in the home. Greenery has been widely reported to enhance mood, productivity and creativity.
5 // Personalise it
Just as you would at your office desk space, add photos, personal trinkets and anything that inspires you. A large pinboard can be used for concept images, notes and as ever-changing artwork to suit your current style and theme of your space.