With Covid-19 looking like it may be around for a while, which means you will probably be working from home longer than you expect. You may also be looking at setting up more than a temporary office. I have been working from home for the last few years and have learned a lot and made a lot of adjustments to our space. I don’t have a dedicated office. I have an area in my house that I keep office supplies and then I work from our island.
When it comes to setting up a home office you want to consider your workspace (i.e. desk and chair), lighting, and storage. Having an uncomfortable chair or bad lighting can really affect your productivity. If you are like me and don’t have an extra room to set up an office you may have
to get creative. You want to make sure that your workspace is comfortable and allows you to focus on your work. Don’t sit on your couch in front of the tv. You will not be productive. You may need to try out a few different areas in your home until you find the right spot.
Also, I recommend investing in some organization supplies to keep your office from overrunning your house. I have included some of my favorite office organization supplies below. This doesn’t have to be overly complicated. We have a basket we drop laptops and chargers in so they are not on the kitchen island. You want to have a place where you can quickly find what you are looking for if you are on the phone or in between meetings.
It is easy to get distracted by dirty dishes or the dog when you work from home. Try to get household chores done before you start working or at the end of the day. Maybe setting a timer to focus on work before you move to household things. Working with kids at home is very challenging. Find a day or time that you can schedule calls so you will not be interrupted. Maybe you and your spouse can trade off days. I know this is easier said than done but have a schedule and realistic expectations for your day will set you up for success.
Here are some of my favorite office supplies for your home office.