9 Expert Tips On The Perfect Work From Home Setup To Get You Through The Day
The top tips for working from home were revealed and we have all the details on how to get you through the day to avoid burnout and better your mental and physical health.
Small Business Prices worked with many experts ranging from psychologists, physiotherapists and optometrists to get to the bottom of finding the ultimate advice for anyone working out of their house right now.
Here are nine tips the company shared with Narcity to get the best work from home environment ever.
Decrease your screen time
People working from home right now are spending way more time on their screens and their eyes are working overtime as a result.
To correct this issue, optometrist Nadeem Rob shared his 20/20/20 rule.
"For every 20 mins of screen time, look outside the window at a distance of 20 feet for 20 seconds. This gives our eyes the opportunity to rest and relax," he said.
Cut the blue light and beware of glare
Not only is screen time tricky, but blue light reflecting from your screen can strain your eyes even more.
According to Rob, it is important to wear corrective lenses recommended by your eye doctor. He also suggests using lenses with blue light filters to limit the strain on an individual's eyes.
Proper lighting is also key.
"If you’re in a dim room or are working directly below a light, your eyes might be subject to more glare from your computer screen," Rob said.
"All of these factors can lead to headaches, eye strain, dry eyes, tiredness and reduced productivity."
Sit next to a window
Positioning your desk near a window can improve your mood by being near nature and be great for your eyesight since it's natural light, says Rob.
This can also aid in reducing tiredness and eye strain during your work hours.
Bring nature to your desk
If for some reason you can't get your desk by a window, you can always opt for bringing nature inside instead.
Lee Chambers, an environmental psychologist, says this can be super beneficial.
"You can bring nature in by investing in natural materials and colours, which ground us and help us to concentrate," he said.
Have a separate keyboard and mouse when working from a laptop
Physiotherapist Nell Mead believes that laptops are a "disaster" because they tend to make your head and your hands come close together.
She recommends that laptop users have a separate keyboard and mouse when working and that users raise their laptop higher.
Keep up with regular movements
Having a good desk setup is important, however, it also takes some physical movement to improve your experience working from home.
Mead shared that moving as much as possible is vital and sometimes more important than working on your posture.
Pick the right chair
Per Mead, if you've gone from working in an office to your dining room chair, your spine has probably been going through it.
Being forced to sit upright is almost just as bad for your spine as working slouched. Her advice is to get a chair that meets in the middle and lets you move.
"You ideally want a chair that moves with you, because movement feeds your spinal discs," she said. "So the best thing is to get a chair that rocks — there are plenty of chairs that you can unlock so that they move.”
Surround yourself with the best colours
Blue and green are said to be the best colours to be surrounded by while working, as they can help people stay focused and productive.
Chambers says that having a blue desktop background has been shown to increase productivity and keep you focused.
Additionally, he shares that the colour green can make someone feel calm and creative.
Separate your workspace from personal space
In order to reduce stress levels, it might be a good idea to create a desk environment separate from where you sleep and eat.
"Where possible, try to partition your desk away from personal and family space, the psychological separation helps to achieve a better work-life harmony," Chambers said.