Working from home probably sounds really nice at first, but after a few weeks most people begin to realize that it’s a lot harder than it looks! There is a lot more that goes into being properly equipped to work from home than just having a laptop and a place to sit. This is especially true if you’re working from home in a shared living space or for an extended period of time.
To be successful at working from home, you not only need the proper equipment, but you also need the proper space and a few rules and guidelines. Before setting up your home office, here are some essentials that every work from home space should have…
A Dedicated “Working” Space
A dedicated working space is key to being successful while working from home. When we work from home there are so many distractions — our TV, bed, pets, family members, roommates, even a kitchen stocked full of food is a distraction! You need to have your own space where you can work. It’s the best way to tune out distractions and maintain a respectable level of productivity. It will also help distinguish working hours. People who work from home are prone to being a little less productive and vice versa. Some people may have trouble stepping away from their work at the end of the day.
You might be thinking, well my home isn’t big enough to create a “work space.” Even if you don’t live in a home with separate rooms, you can still set up a designated working space. If you’re living in an apartment, set up at the kitchen table. If you live with roommates, put a desk in your bedroom and work from there. Just don’t work from bed or on the couch with the TV on. Do your best to emulate a typical office space. This will help increase your productivity.