28 August 2020

Setting Up a Home Office for Remote Work

by Sneha
remote home office setup ideas

“You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life,” this quote was quoted by the famous author Heather Schuck and we think everyone who works for a living can relate to this.

Work-Life balance is something we all need in our lives for us to live a stress-free and happy life. As the saying goes “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” we should find a balance between our work and our everyday life, working too much or spending too much leisure time both are harmful to a healthy lifestyle, and work-life balance motivates us to spend ample amount of time doing work as well as having a break. Thus, owing to a perfect environment is extremely essential to deliver quality work.

However, this becomes extremely difficult when your workplace is in a remote palace, and you have to travel hours to go back and forth. Your work-life balance is disturbed as all those cars or train travels, and work makes you tired, and you don’t have the energy to go out or invest your time on your hobbies.

But, this problem comes with a solution, and the solution is by setting up a home office for remote work. This article will give you an idea of working from home and what is necessary to set up a home office.

Also Read: 6 Ways To Stay Motivated While Working From Home

What Is The Best Way To Set Up A Home Office?

To work from home, we need a suitable environment for us to enjoy the comfort of home and concentrate on the work properly. For this to happen, we must find the best ways to set up our own space for working, and we will list below some of the methods which can be used to set up a home office.

1. Incorporate Your Own Style

Designing your workspace with the help of your ideas and creativity will help you to concentrate on your work properly. Decorating the walls or your work desk may motivate you to do your job.

Using your ideas and creativity will create a sense of comfort and peace for you while struggling to meet the deadline!

2. Apply Principles of Feng Shui When Positioning Your Desk

Feng Shui principles are based on using spatial arrangement and energy balance while designing. This principle tells us that we should place our workplace so that there is a flow of ‘good chi’ that will bring positive energy and help keep your mood elevated while working.

Putting your work desk in a ‘commanding position’ that is in such a way that your back doesn’t face the door and your desk isn’t near the entrance, is said to be very important to bring good and positive energy.

3. Use of Natural Light and Proper Lighting in Your Home Office

Studies show that people who use natural lighting when they work have a better output rate than the others who don’t. Working from home gives you the advantage of choosing the lighting according to your comfort and there are tons of varieties available.

If you have this choice, we would recommend you to select natural lights for your work environment.

4. Clear Your Home Office of Clutter

Working in a dirty place will surely not motivate you to do it! Before handling, you should clean your workspace and only keep the things you need to use. Keeping unnecessary things will deviate your attention, and you will not be able to concentrate on your work thoroughly.

5. Avoid Distractions

Try to set up your office space completely separated from your living space to avoid distractions of any kind. Ensure that only work-based activities can happen in that space, away from the TV or any loud music. Apart from that, make sure that you've disabled the social media or other message notifications on your mobile phones during the work hours to avoid the impulse of picking your phone, which would further affect your productivity.

What Office Supplies Do I Need To Work From Home?

It’s of no surprise that we will not get everything in our home for a suitable office-like environment, and we will require some specific items to make it more office-friendly.

Listed below are what we think will be useful for you to have an appropriate office-like environment and would perfectly match your requirements.

• Stand-Up Adjustable Desk

• Ergonomic Chair

• Laptop

• Laptop Stand

• Monitor

• Keyboard and Mouse

• Surge power strip with USB

• High-Speed Internet

• Noise-Canceling Headphones

• Printer Scanner

• Home Coffee Station

• Coffee Mug Warmer

• Task Lighting

• File cabinet

• Green Plants

• Fire-Safe Box

• Paper Shredder

• Speakers

• Office Stationery such as pens, pencils, highlighters, notebook, post-it notes, folders, stapler, staples etc

• Work From Home Software, example- TeamViewer, Google Meet, Zoom etc.

The Final Note

Work from home is one of the wisest options in today’s busy world to take some time for ourselves by not hampering our work life. It will give us more time for ourselves and give us the comfort of our own home. To date, it has more pros than cons, and we hope it stays like that. We hope this article helped you gain insight on how to set your office for maximum productivity and output.