Thursday, June 9, 2011
Being Comfortable Working at Home is More Productive
This is an article I shared on HubPages but wanted to share here.
When you decide that you are going to work from home, make certain that you have a comfortable place to do your work in. Working from home and being comfortable is going to make you more productive. This article shares information with you on working from home and being comfortable in order to be more productive.
Ergonomics is important whether you are in the office or at home. Invest in an ergonomically correct chair. Being ergomically correct is invaluable for you personally in addition to professionally. Remember, working from home you don’t have the benefits of Workman’s Compensation. Therefore, you want to make certain that your hands, feet, back and entire body are safe and healthy when you are working in your home. The first step in doing so is where and how you sit.
Ergonomically correct chairs can be purchased from several sources online as well as a brick and mortar building. Walmart carries work station chairs that are ergonomically correct. Craigslist is being known for the place to find nearly anything and everything and this includes the right chair for your work area. The chair is going to costs you some money so an inexpensive but healthy chair may be the route to go in the beginning of your work from home carrier. Do not use your dining room chair for long hours spent in front of the computer. Your back and neck will definitely thank you later.
Boundaries should be created. It’s very simple to allow your personal and work time become one in the same simply because you aren’t in downtown office space. Separate the two and allow them to remain distinctive. Have a schedule and stick to it. Consistently start and stop if at all possible. Of course, if you have an important client in China that insists on Skype time you may have to bend the boundaries. However, for the most part keep personal time and work time unconnected. Don’t do the overtime unless absolutely necessary. Sleep will promote more production and creativity than being cranked, grouchy and stiff. Keep in mind that you aren’t getting the time and a half on your paycheck that used to allow you to do overtime.
Take necessary breaks from work. Get up and away from your work. Stretch or eat a healthy snack to replenish the fuel your body needs to work at its best. Some work at home folks enjoy the freedom of getting to break and do whatever they want. Take the dog out for a walk and enjoy the beautiful weather that many miss being cooped up in an office all day.
Lunch is a break that a lot of folks working from home will skip, don’t. Take a lunch break. Get away from the workload for a while and you may find that your mind has an extended break and something that you may have been searching for is found. How about having a lunch out? This is a great idea. Missing some of the old cohorts at the office? Ask them out for lunch.
Remember that your work area at home doesn’t have to be stark and bare, add a little personal affects and pictures for your mental health. Just as you did at the office view your family and friends while you work the day away. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and allowing your personality to shine around you while you work is a great way to allow your mind to take a deep breath and produce what you need to make the money.
Being comfortable when working from home will help keep you productive, healthy and making the money.
picture is courtesy of kristinemacabre.com