How to Maximise Your Working From Home Setup
In response to COVID-19, organisations have encouraged and required their employees to work from home to avoid the spread of the virus. Work from home is excellent, but it also comes with a range of challenges that you didn’t face in the office.
You might get distracted by your kids, pets, TV, couches or social media. Laundry and dishes need to be done, and you might even get the cleaning bug now and then.
Working from home can give you enough flexibility to do your job if done right. Regardless of what distractions at home you encounter, here are some tips to maximise your working from home setup:
Create a Dedicated Office Space
Create a space where you’ll get into work mode. Ideally, it has a door you can close and lock to remove the threat of distractions from other temptations.
- Home Office Essentials
Ergonomic products at work are healthier. You avoid minor injuries and illnesses.
Use an ergonomic desk, chair, monitor arm/laptop stand, or document holder to provide better posture, relaxed back and neck, and reduce eye fatigue. As you use these products, follow ergonomic principles to create a healthy working environment.
- Home Office Design
Customising your own workplace is a privilege that you can only do in a home-based work environment. You can decorate your home office in whatever style you like. Adding colours to your office will allow you to rest your eyes from your computer screens.
If you love bright colours, add bright paintings or pictures to your space. Try to play with colour schemes, a combination of light and dark palettes… Think about what inspires you. It could be a collection of objects or motivational quotes. Add indoor plants to your home office. Plants provide numerous benefits, including cleaner air, better productivity and mood.
Include these personal touches in your home office design. It will brighten up your atmosphere and make you feel… at home.
Prepare a Planner or To-do list
Planning ahead is key to victory in many areas of life, including the home office. A planner and a to-do list both play a great role in getting the most out of your work life at home.
Choose a planner with monthly, weekly, and daily views to have a better outlook of your schedule. Give yourself 5-10 minutes every morning or evening to plan for the next day. Get it out of your head and on paper. It removes that feeling of overwhelm when you can see your to-do’s organised in your planner.
- To-do List
An effective to-do list will shape your day and help you focus on more critical tasks. Choose an app or use paper, depending on your preferences. Make multiple lists for work, personal and household.
Assign due dates in each task or set an alarm. Look at your to-do list often. Look at it at the start of the week to plan your time, and at the beginning of the day to assess and revise things to change or remove.
Install Quality Home Office Technology
Once you have the space and the plan, you’ll also need the right tools for the job. When it comes to technology, consider the following:
- WiFi and Connectivity
Make sure your office has strong access to your home Wifi. With an increased reliance on video meetings and connectivity, you need to make sure your home is up to the task.
- Noise-Cancelling Headphones
These headphones help with meetings and to eliminate distractions. They enable you to concentrate when the rest of the house (or the neighbours) is active and potentially disruptive.
- Desk Lamp
Desk lamps provide task-lighting, which means supplying the right amount of light guided towards the task at hand. Modern desk lamps take full advantage of LED lighting technology, they’re energy-efficient and stylish and best suited for your well-designed, purpose-driven home office space.
Use Smart Home Devices
Some may get distracted by household chores when they’re working from home. Here are a few things you can do around the house during your work days without eating into too much of your time so that you can stay productive at work while keeping your household running efficiently.
- Smart WiFi Instant Pot
Smart pressure cookers have the ability to take care of your meals, especially if you find it tough to squeeze in time for home-cooked meals. It’s a programmable multi-cooker that you can control from your mobile devices: schedule, cook, monitor your meals and get notifications.
- Smart Laundry
You always need to keep your clothes, curtains, and beddings clean. With a smart laundry machine, you can get it done even while you’re working. It easily connects to your mobile devices, or syncs to any of your virtual assistants so you can monitor and customise the cycle of your laundry.
- Robot Vacuum Cleaners
Robotic vacuum cleaners are autonomous devices designed to clean your floors and hard to reach surfaces according to schedules you set. Cleaning your floors doesn’t need to take most of your time - freeing up space from your to-do list. Let your robot vacuum do the cleaning, so you can focus on work.
“Maximise your working from home productivity through strategy and with the help of smart home devices.”
You can efficiently juggle office work, chores and family responsibilities. You have the tools and appliances at hand to lessen your stress at home. Prioritise yourself and family by implementing some of these techniques and handing over tasks to capable smart home devices. Roborock’s robot vacuums are loved by thousands of Australian’s. Check out our most advanced robot vacuum today and experience less time cleaning, more time living!