Working from home may seem to be the best resort with our recent situation, but switching from a structured office environment to the comfort of your humble abode can also be challenging.
With this current setup, we cannot deny the fact that there are so many distractions that would make working from home inefficient and less productive. However, there are lots of ways to keep yourself working productively from any location.
Dyson Engineers have shared their top tips for a productive indoor environment. Read on to get some working from home tips to help you.
avoid keeping plants or flowers near your workspace.
Pollen and allergens suspend in the air and may trigger distracting symptoms like sneezing or itchy eyes.
Try to avoid working in a room that is too warm
The feeling of coziness can make us feel sleepy or tired, but too cold might also be distracting so getting the right temperature for you is important. Many people find it beneficial to be slightly colder than usual to stay zoned into their work.
Maintaining the right humidity also helps with keeping comfortable
Some find that dry air makes their eyes, nose, and mouth itchy and dry which can be distracting.
Opt for machines and equipment that feature a quiet mode or night mode.
Ensure that any appliances that you use to make your working space comfortable – air conditioning, humidifier, heater, lighting – aren’t too loud so as to distract you from the work at hand.
Bear in mind that light can play an important role in making you a remote space.
Much thought goes into building regulations that make sure that your office environment has been well adapted to provide adequate levels of light for the task at hand, and your home office should be no different. Think about whether you have the right level of light around you, and also be conscious of the position of the lights around you. For example, natural light coming through windows or spotlights reflecting off a computer screen could cause glare and eye strain, making it harder to focus throughout the day.
Also consider the role of light around you when you are on video conference calls, as poorly positioned lighting could require the person at the other end of the line to strain in order to see properly. Don’t be afraid to take control of the lighting sources around you, playing with various options until you find the ideal working setup for you.
Give your eyes a good rest and mind the light brightness
While it is important to stay focused when working from home, it is equally important to ensure that you’re giving your eyes the rest that they need.
Looking at objects or reading at a fixed distance for a prolonged period of time often leads to eye strain – a slightly uncomfortable sensation for some and the cause of headaches for others. Without realizing it, the screens that we use are often either too bright or not bright enough in relation to our surroundings, causing glare, which can worsen this.
So be sure to adjust the brightness of your devices to provide a comfortable light level and text size if reading for prolonged periods. Look up from your screen and give your eyes a rest now again, as well as seeking to minimize screen time where possible.
set up your working space near a window or other well-lit space
Natural daylight is the gold standard when it comes to providing the right light for your tasks throughout the day. As we have evolved to living and working under the cycles of day and night, early morning exposure to daylight also signals to your body that the day has begun, which can help you feel awake and alert.
So think to set up your working space near a window or other well-lit space – or even a morning walk to kick-start your day, if possible. This will help to anchor your internal body clock, or circadian rhythm, to the pattern of local daylight – helping to provide a subconscious schedule to your day.
Similarly, consider starting a routine of manipulating the light around you to wind down, creating a relaxing environment – signaling to your body that the evening is drawing in.
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