Following the global lockdown orders to halt the spread of COVID-19, millions of us are now working from home. Even before this pandemic, however, remote work was growing in the US and around the world. Across the globe, working from home and remote locations has grown 159% since 2005. To work from home successfully, there’re a few steps you can take.
Step 1: Find Your Space
For some people, choosing a spot for their home office is easy: They have a separate room designated as dedicated workspace. If you’re tight on space, however, set up a home office in corners of bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, or even under the stairs! A room divider is a good way to break apart a room. This Hanging Floral Room Divider, for instance, consists of 12 hollowed-out floral panels. You can mix panels of different patterns and colors, and create dividers of various shapes and sizes. It’s an elegant way to divide your room!
Step 2: Invest in Furniture
Of course, the key to any workspace is a chair and desk. As a remote worker, you may spend long hours sitting, so look for an office chair that is ergonomic and supports your lower back. This Velvet Office Chair, for example, is an elegant companion for those who spend a good part of the day sitting. With its soft upholstery, the durable chair will help you cultivate a healthy posture.
The desk is equally important. Consider where to position it, and get an appropriately shaped and sized one for you and your items. Rectangular desks are the most popular style, and suitable for most cases. Made from high-quality birch plywood, this Birch Plywood Desk is simple and beautiful, with ply grain on the edges. The laminated top is flat, wear-resistant, and easy to clean.
The desk and chair are important, but you have to take care of your eyes, too. Do you have a window that gives plenty of natural light? Natural light is way easier on your eyes. Ideally, your desk should either face or sit at a right angle to the window for natural light. If natural light is simply impossible, a desk lamp is the next best thing. Turn up the charm and turn on the direct lighting for your work space with our height-adjustable Kran Desk Lamp. Choose from 4 colors to match your decor.
Step 3: Get Your Gear
For most remote workers, the majority of their work is done on a computer. If you have the space and budget, think about connecting to a larger computer monitor. A larger screen means you scroll less, open more tabs, and view spreadsheets more easily. It also helps reduce eye strain. The ViewSonic Monitor, for example, features Full HD resolution. It’s flicker-free and VESA-compatible, ideal for home and office use.
Be it for music, meetings, or blocking out distractions, a good pair of headphones is a must in home offices. With an adjustable headband and leatherette ear pads, this Headset with Noise Cancelling Microphone minimizes all ambient noise when you speak or record, perfect for today’s open office environments.
Even in the digital age, a notebook and reliable pen are still necessities. An idea may pop-up, or additional things to do may be instructed, so you’ll need to take notes. Each of these Spiral Notebooks comes with a pen in an elastic holder, sticky notes, and colorful page markers. It includes 200 sheets of white lined paper, perfect for offices and classrooms.
Step 4: Decorate
Your home office should be both comfortable and functional to make you productive. Keep blandness at bay by adding a touch of art to your walls. Our Cosmic Wall Art, for instance, features several pieces that encompass outer space. With bold colors on a black backdrop, these posters will compliment your bedroom or home office decor.
Add some green to your workspace! Plants are not only easy on the eye, but also have brilliant health benefits, which make them perfect for home working. There’re plenty of easy-to-care-for plants. Pots or planters are thus a big deal. If one of a kind style is your thing, then the Eyes, Mouth, Ears Planter is a must have addition to your home office decor. These ceramic vases vary in size and depict a realistic facial feature.
Step 5: Organize
Making sure everything has its place in your home office is one of the keys to your daily work success. A tidy office leads to a tidy mind! This unique Desktop Organizer stores your stationery neatly in front of your computer monitor. It’s also slightly elevated so that you can slip your keyboard underneath it at the end of the work day.
Untangle your desktop charging cords with our must-have Convenient Cable Organizer. Designed to hold up to three USB charging cords at once, this heavy duty plastic organizer will sort out your space and let you charge at the same time too. Choose from black or blue color options.
An adorable way to store colored pencils, art pencils, crochet hooks and more, the Hedgehog Pen Holder offers a minimalist design that is crafted from durable wood materials. With a cute little face and a holey back this hedgehog is dying for you to add some colorful pencils to complete his look! Use it in your home office, art room, at work, or gift it to a friend.