WELL WORKING – TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER HOME OFFICE ENVIRONMENT
Working from home can be a dream come true: convenience, comfort, and complete control. Whether you work from home full-time or just occasionally, a welcoming, well-lit, ergonomic home office can help keep you healthy, happy, and productive. Do it well and it will be the best work experience you’ll ever have.
Separate Life and Work
The first thing to do is to choose the area that you’ll be working in. Ideally, it’s a special room set aside specifically to work in. But separating life and work is about more than just physical separation. You also have to make a mental separation. This might mean setting very specific hours during which you’ll be “at work” and “at home”. You may also want to wear different clothes to work so as to signal to yourself that you’re working and not at leisure.
Quality Desk Chair
Good work starts with a good chair. The right chair will help you to have a better posture, more energy, and more focus. From there, you will be able to work more efficiently, happily, and for more hours at a time. It is important to choose a chair with sufficient lumbar support and adjustable height so that it can match up with your desk but really the most important thing is how it feels to you when you sit in it.
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The Right Desk
To help reduce potentially long term problems, it’s important to make sure that your desk is right for your height. A fixed desk that is too high can result in wrist and shoulder problems, while a desk that’s too low can result in hunching.
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Let there be Light
Natural lighting is great on the eyes and great for creating ambiance. However, getting the angles of your monitor right will make the difference between a comfortable and focused working session. Between the angle of the light source and its color, lighting in itself plays an important role with increasing comfort and optimizing productivity levels. The best way to work with natural lighting and avoid glare is by angling your monitors parallel to the windows, and by using a desk lamp to soften the brightness of the monitor.
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Plants make for a happy place. Interact with nature, by adding natural light and potted plants to reduces stress and anxiety. By Introducing plants into your workspace this will create an actively engaging environment that will boost performance and happiness within your home office space. An indoor plant or two also refreshes the atmosphere indoors, improves the air quality and brings a general aura of pleasant relaxation.
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