We all know the saying, if you love your job, you never work a day in your life. But it’s equally true that if you love your workspace, it’s a lot easier to get the job done. That’s why so many companies focus on design and ergonomics to make their offices vibrant environments where people want to work. The pandemic has forced us to adapt to remote work situations and even as the world reopens a year later, some of these changes are here to stay. A few firms are considered a hybrid office model going forward while others have embraced work from home as their new normal. And so the home office has become an important part of our lives. And we’re guessing you’ve had to set up a workspace for yourself in the past year, whether it’s a dedicated room in your flat, a specific corner of your room in a boys’ hostel in Bangalore or your kitchen table at home. So we’re bringing you five key items that can help take your home office space (and your productivity) to the next level.
An Ergonomic Chair
Chances are that even if your PG in Bellandur for gents is fully furnished, it didn’t provide you with an ergonomic chair that’ll protect your spine and prevent the long term damage that sitting at a desk all day can cause. So go ahead and invest in a good chair that takes account of ergonomics and comfort. If you’re buying this online, remember to check the reviews, although there’s nothing quite like testing a chair out yourself before purchasing it, if possible. A good chair can make all the difference in your ability to focus and finish your work, without worrying about straining your neck or back. And if you’re concerned about spending all that time sedentary, you could skip the chair and consider investing in a standing desk instead.
A Desk Lamp
We’re sure you’ve already had the bright idea (pardon the pun) to ensure your home office is well lit. But getting a lamp just for your desk can also be a good idea. With a desk lamp, you don’t have to worry about pesky things like too much or too little natural light, as you’ll have a direct source on hand at any time of day. And lighting isn’t just great for your eyes, it’s also a way for you to sneak in some of your personality into your office space. So go ahead and pick out the quirkiest, most colourful lamp if that’s what matches your vibe, and you’ll have a spark of yourself at your work table all the time!
While you may not be a huge fan of deadlines, you have to admit that having one makes it easier for you to focus on your work instead of procrastinating. Having a timer in your workspace can help you set limits for yourself when you’re working on different projects. Not only will this level up your time management, it’ll ensure you don’t stretch the task out for too long. And if you’re a fan of the Pomodoro technique, a timer will definitely come in handy. Once you start working with a timer, you’ll find it very difficult to stop. If you’re someone easily distracted by your phone, consider investing in an external timer, but if you’re sure you can control yourself, you can download one of many time management or productivity apps that’ll keep you sticking to schedule.
Drawer Organisers and Folders
There’s nothing as satisfying as a well organised drawer. Except perhaps a well-organised folder. So why not invest in some file-folders and drawer organisers to whip your home office into shape. These inexpensive tools can help you classify all your paperwork systematically and provide a huge boost to your productivity.
A Notepad and Pen
Look, your laptop may be super useful when it comes to research and emails, but there’s something about a classic notebook and pen that’s just essential when it comes to a workspace. Whether it’s for jotting down daily tasks and to-do lists, making notes during a presentation or breaking down an important concept for yourself, you just know this is something your home office needs.
And there you have it! Five simple items that can transform your home office from insufficient to super-efficient. Try some (or all) of them out, and you’ll find your work productivity has been transformed for the better. So what are you waiting for? Work away!