Over the past two years, a majority of full-time employees have been forced to distance themselves, it has been necessary to adapt and adjust their workplace, especially at home.
Over the past two years, a majority of full-time employees have been forced to telecommute. While the sudden shift to remote work has involved a transition period and learning curve for most of us, we’ve also realized how much happier and more productive we are when we have the option to work from anywhere.
Today, with the return to the office and the end of the classic 5-day week, many of us continue to work from home, especially thanks to hybrid and flexible telecommuting policies. For some of us, that means working from our amazing home offices. And for others, it means designing home workspaces that meet our #WFA (Work From Anywhere) needs without stifling our productivity and creativity. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to revamp your telecommuting, check out our tips and tricks to get the most out of it.
How to create your ideal workspace at home
Let’s get this straight: No telecommuting project is built the same because every telecommuter has different needs. While some are lucky enough to live in a home with dedicated office space at their disposal, most of us navigate this transition to working from home by considering where in the house to turn into an office.
The first step to creating an ideal remote workspace is to make a list of everything you need. This list will definitely include items like:
- A dedicated work surface. It should be large enough to accommodate your computer tools. Depending on the space you work in, this could be a personal office, the kitchen table or even part of the kitchen table.
- An ergonomic and comfortable chair. Even better, you can repurpose your favorite kitchen chair by placing a comfortable cushion on it when you work on it.
- Good lighting. If you can, set your workspace in a place where you can take advantage of all the benefits of natural light. If that’s not possible, any well-lit place in your home will do (try a ring light if you’re in a particularly dark place, it’s not just for influencers anymore!)
- Privacy during working hours. This is a key factor, especially for those of us who have children, roommates and partners who are home during the day. Setting up your workspace behind a closed door, away from the hustle and bustle of the house, is essential for better productivity. Although the closed door leads to a closet (no kidding, closets were the remote work of choice for 15% of us last year!)
- Access to internet and electricity. It may seem obvious, but the best place for your workspace is where you have direct, stable access to a high-speed Internet connection and electrical outlets.
- Storage space for office supplies. Having a dedicated space in your home to store your work items—a drawer, a wastebasket, a personal filing cabinet—will not only keep you organized, but also prevent your desk from feeling cluttered or cramped at home.
With your list of needs, walk around your house and choose the best place to settle down and come to work each day. Of course, you can always change your remote work at any time if you decide to work somewhere else in the house. But occupying the same workspace every day is usually an essential part of creating a routine and getting into a working mindset.
Ideas for home workplaces
Now that you’ve chosen your corner of paradise to set up your workspace in, it’s time to get creative. Designing your workspace is a personal process because you will be the one who will spend your time there every day. It must therefore be a place where you feel comfortable and professionally prepared. Depending on your working style, this could mean:
- Arrange your workspace to minimize distractions and maximize productivity. For example, work in an isolated, quiet, minimalist area where the possibility of interruption is minimal.
- Arrange your workspace to stimulate creativity. Regardless of your sector of activity and your role, creativity is an essential element for a job well done. To bring out your creativity during the day, decorate your workspace with your favorite artwork, plants and colors.
At first glance, all this is easier said than done. But optimizing your workspace to increase your productivity and creativity isn’t something that should (or should) be compromised, regardless of the size and structure of where you live and work.