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3 Steps to a Healthy and Productive Home Workspace

Coronavirus has profoundly affected our lives, and one of the areas it has affected the most is the way we work. The number of people working from home has increased dramatically this year, and although it can bring many benefits, there are also potential pitfalls for new homeworkers to navigate. 

Working at home brings its own challenges; one study found that 57% of workers felt they were more stressed when working from home. Some degree of adaptation is always necessary, especially during a pandemic.

Below we take a look at three key steps homeworkers can take to create a healthy and productive workspace.

Find the Right Space

First of all, you'll need to find the right area of your home. For a healthy and productive workspace, you need to have enough... space! This is easy for those in larger homes, who can adapt a spare room into a study, but it can become a lot trickier for those who live in smaller homes.

It’s important to carve out a dedicated space, even if it’s only one corner of the living room, or one side of the kitchen table. This is not only practical, it allows you to keep your laptop and documents all in one place. It also helps your mind to get into ‘work mode’ by returning to your specific work space each day. Once you enter this dedicated workspace, your mind will know that it’s time to leave the distractions of home life behind and knuckle down to some work.

Separate Home and Work Life

Separating work and home life isn’t always easy.

How is it possible to make a clear distinction between home and work, when you might be spending your whole day in the same room?

The dedicated workspace that you choose will certainly help with this, but there are some other measures you can take:

  • Start the day right. Having a consistent start time will help draw a clear line between your home and workday. Leave enough time before you start work to do everything you need to do to get ready – rather than interrupting your workflow by showering and having breakfast throughout the morning, do all of this before you start work instead, as you normally would have when venturing into the office.

  • Don’t work on household chores during the day. It may be tempting to get a few household tasks done throughout the day, but this also runs the risk of interrupting your workflow and concentration. Rather than being sucked into a potentially time-consuming chore, leave it for when you’ve finished work.

  • Finish at the same time each day. Just as starting the day at the same time helps to distinguish between home and work time, it’s important to finish at the same time each day too. There will be busier days, of course, and it can be easy to let your work bleed into your evening at home. But if you do this too often, your work-life balance and sense of wellbeing will suffer. Sometimes to protect our health and maintain our productivity levels, we need to know when to stop.

Remember to Take Breaks

In the same vein, it’s important to take enough breaks throughout the day. This is incredibly important for protecting your health and wellbeing, this year has been a very difficult time for all of us, and mental health issues are commonplace. Sometimes it’s hard to carve out the time to take a break, but it’s important get away from your computer and to try and get outside as much as possible. Getting out in the fresh air, even for a few minutes, can make a big difference to both our mental and physical health. 

Even staying inside, and spending a few minutes doing something that isn’t work, such as reading a book or simply sitting and listening to the radio, can help to keep our mind fresh. These short breaks can help with our productivity levels, as studies have shown that taking breaks rather than continually working non-stop can actually be more efficient.

These steps might not work for everyone, but they’re certainly worth a try for those who are struggling with their home working set-up.

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