Due to unusual circumstances, many people have been working from home/hybrid for the past 2 years. Moving work to the kitchen table with other family members is a simple process for some, however, it may be a foreign activity for others. While so much is changing around us, having a set workspace, and sticking to a work routine can help you stay focused and productive throughout the week.
If you still do not have a dedicated home office, make one for yourself!
Find an empty corner or section of a room to use as your office (a fold-up table, spare nightstand, coffee table or even your kitchen table is all you need). Once you have your space, follow these tips to be your most productive self:
- Fill your space with natural light: Natural light makes people feel more awake and alert throughout the day. Natural light can also help reduce eyestrain caused by computer and other device use. Consider this when deciding where to locate your home office.
- Choose a scent. Scents are important as they are linked to the part of the brain that is associated with memory and emotion. They can also elicit various reactions. As an example:
– Coffee can aid in problem-solving by improving analytical reasoning.
– Lemon and citrus can boost performance by opening the senses and increasing alertness.
– Cinnamon, peppermint, and ginger can aid in attention by increasing motor response, improving memory accuracy, and combating fatigue.
Lavender is known for its ability to recharge and improve concentration.
- Find yourself good, supportive cushions. The TEMPUR® Lumbar Support cushion is shaped from supportive pressure relieving TEMPUR® material and height adjustable so you can position as needed to provide back support you need. The TEMPUR® Lumbar Support cushion is best paired with the TEMPUR® Seat Cushion, which distributes your weight more evenly over the surface, improving comfort and reducing numbness whilst sitting. Can be used on any chair including office chairs or car seats if desired.
- Keep your space and your routine organized. Maintaining a daily routine or to-do list can reduce stress and make you feel more in control. To store important papers, use household items such as shoe boxes or make a DIY filing cabinet.
- Get dressed. While it may be tempting to stay in your PJs all day, getting dressed can help to reduce stress and increase productivity. Dressing can help set the tone for the rest of the day. When you’re dressed for the day, you’re more likely to spend time working rather than watching TV or sleeping.