Working from home is fantastic – you can set your own hours, you can conference call in your pyjamas, you can even type with your toes if you feel like it. It’s all about freedom and flexibility. The only definite structure that working from home has to involve is literal – a good work station.
A solid computer desk is the natural focal point around which to construct your work station. Find something that can easily house your computer, has a pull out keyboard shelf for minimising wrist strain, and ample desk space so you can spread out. I usually hate putting printers on the desk because they take up so much space, so I always look for a computer desk with shelves underneath wide enough to hold a printer. If you are the type that’s inspired by new environments, try a mobile computer desk that lets you roll from room to room until you get into a creative zone.
If your job involves lots of papers and files, try a computer desk with hutch to help you stay organised. A hutch is an efficient way to create shelf storage without taking up the floor space a bookcase requires, and you can find hutches with all different sized compartments to hold everything just right. It’s extremely important to have a defined space for all of your work-related items; you don’t want your home office to start migrating into the kitchen and the bedroom. Just because you work from home doesn’t mean that your personal life and professional life should start blurring. Staying organised with the right work station will help you draw a firm line.
Did you know?
Telecommuting saves 15-25 workdays a year that would have otherwise been spent in transit.