The Coronavirus pandemic has thrown our society into a state of uncertainty that forced us to change our lifestyle as well as our work culture. We have learnt new words like ‘quarantine’ and ‘self-isolation’. As India declares 21days lockdown to prevent the virus from spreading, companies are rolling out ‘work from home’ policies. Initially, it might seem like super fun as you don’t have to commute and can be in your pyjamas all day. But, as the situation continues to spiral, it might get exhausting emotionally and physically to stay focussed and motivated.
Reshmi Dasgupta, the owner of a 2 BHK apartment on Southern Bypass, is a Freelancer who has been working from home for the last 8 years. “Discipline and self-motivation can double your productivity while working from home”, said Dasgupta. There is nothing wrong about sipping your drink slowly and idling away a few moments. We all do that even in the office. But then, be bold enough to switch your mindset to work mode again and get started on the daily assignments.
Most people live in small apartments and it’s not possible to invest suddenly in a proper home-working environment with shiny new desk. So, let’s have a look at how can we create a comfortable ‘work from home’ environment that balances the needs of work and staying at home.
- Define a space:
Choose a place that is less cluttered and provide you with a better view than any other rooms. Natural light has a healing power that can easily uplift your mood. Even it is an unused corner of the living room, make sure it gets enough natural light. To avoid eye strain, install lights over your reading area on the computer and behind you so that there’s no reflection off the computer monitor. Also, keep the monitor in a comfortable distance from your chair to avoid squinting or using reading glasses to read the screen. As remote working needs video-conferencing and phone communication, pick a particular area of your home to take calls and ensure that minimal interruptions arise. Sitting against white walls with neutral tones or a floor to wall bookshelf would look professional while you are on a video conference.
- Sit in comfort:
You are going to spend a lot of time at your workspace at home. Comfortable seating arrangement is the first and foremost thing to ensure better productivity. A desk chair that is comfortable, the right height, and provides proper back and arm support for the type of work you will be doing, you should definitely invest in that. If you are comfortable sitting on your couch or bean bag with your laptop balanced on your knees, sit there. Who cares? It’s your home. But try not to sit in bed. This will make you too relaxed and you may doze off anytime.
- Surround yourself with positivity:
As we are going through a crazy time, we can easily fall prey to stress, anxiety and depression. Self-isolation makes it more difficult to cope up and concentrate on work. At this time, you can’t allow your workspace to be dull and depressing. Make your to-do list colourful, eye-catching and exciting and keep it visible to feel motivated and in control. Stick up some pictures or quotes that inspire you. Placing some fresh and bright blooms in a vase on your work desk can liven up your workspace and your mood as well.
- Incorporate greenery:
Incorporating greenery to your home office desk can boost your mood, productivity, concentration and creativity. Plants purify the air by filtering out the toxins. As per Color therapists, most shades of green lead to a feeling of well-being and relaxation. Citrus, lemongrass, and lavender offer subtle scents that have been shown to increase accuracy in typing and math. When you are confined at home, bringing a little greenery inside will have a positive effect on your mental health.
- Ensure cleanliness:
Keeping your home clean and clutter-free is the need of the hour. A cluttered work desk is very distracting and leads you to more stress and anxiety that will ultimately reduce your efficiency. Sort through your things and get rid of anything extra to make your workspace organized. Sanitize your work equipment regularly to stay protected.