The way we live and work is changing, and the need for a space that suits both work and relaxation will likely continue. Long work days with laptops on the couch and staging home offices for Zoom meetings has taught many of us that our current furniture and décor may need an update for the sake of our comfort and productivity. Not sure where to start? Here are some tips to help make the best of your space:
Create an Ergonomic Workspace
An improper work station can cause eye, head, neck, back, shoulder, wrist, and forearm strain or even injuries. Whether you’re working out of a home office or using your living room as a temporary office space, there are ways to ensure that you’re staying comfortable without inducing unnecessary strain. If your work station is having a negative impact on your body, here are some simple changes you can make to avoid further strain:
- Place a rolled towel or back support pillow behind you to add more lumbar support if needed
- Place a firm pillow on the seat to adjust height if your chair’s maximum height is not enough
- Use books or boxes to ensure that your screen(s) is at eye level
- If you’re working from a couch, consider sofa desk or lap desk options
- If you’re using a laptop, consider USB mouse and keyboard options to create a more comfortable station
In addition to these, remember to take short breaks throughout the work day to stretch out your legs and and wrists. Your body will thank you for it!
Add a Backdrop for Conferences
Whether you’re working back-to-back with a partner who doesn’t want to be in-shot, you’re feeling self-conscious about the background of your workspace, or you just want a little extra flair, there are many professional backdrops available online for below $20.
Consider Outdoor Furniture Options
Some families have taken to purchasing outdoor furniture and using them indoors for their comfort, durability, and easy-to-clean fabrics. If you’re worried about frequent long-term use and damage, this may be an option for you.
Create a Pet Zone
As cute as our pets may be when they snuggle up for the work day, it can become an unwelcome distraction at times. To encourage your pets to stay off your desk or lap during the work day, you can try setting up a pet bed in the room with some toys that will allow them to stay close but in their own space for the day. Alternatively, you can set up a pet gate when you need a little extra space.
I hope that these tips help you and your family to work around your current working situations and adapt to your new normal. Of course, many of these tips also apply to children schooling from home as well. As always, I’m here for you if you have any further questions and can be contacted at 480-355-8645.