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Working from Home Productively & Ergonomically

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I work from home an have a lot of issues with work space. Not only do I work from home, I do not have a lot of space to work with. As I've looked for better options, I thought I'd share a few pointers for setting up a home office for maximum productivity and ergonomic comfort.

  • Look at your space. Put your desk where you have the most space for movement. If you don't have hard floors, you might want to get a chair mat for better manuverability.
  • De-clutter your work area- it will keep you organized and focused. White noise, like this free generator, can also help you maintain focus (and sanity).
  • Invest in a good chair with great back support. If the best on the market isn't exactly in your budget, at least get back support.
  • As for desks, make sure the desk top is not glass or anything that has a glare. Beyond that, adjustability is the most important factor: close and go, compact, sit or stand options, etc. Think through your needs and choose the one that fits your work needs and provides comfort. As I mentioned before, I don't have a lot of space, so a smaller, but ergonomically-sound desk that is still affordable, like this one, is a good choice for me.
  • Take time to blink regularly and intentionally to keep them moist. On this note, if you can, switch between computer-related tasks and other tasks to avoid eye strain and to not zone out.
  • Keep your stuff on your desk at arm's length and place your monitor at least 20 inches from your face. An adjustable lift mate can help you find just the right spot for your monitor, even if it changes every day.
  • As this work from home realtor states, take breaks. Remember why you're working- if you never enjoy time off, you'll burn out.

Well, there are about a million more things you could think about in setting up your home office. For more thought-provoking ideas, check out Ergonomics Made Easy. I imagine there are a few things you could change right now at little to no cost that will help you be more productive.