A home office – for the longest of time considered a luxury, is now pretty much a necessity for most people whose work has anything to do with a computer. In this article, I have tried to collate everything I have done to allow me to work better from home, how I set up my home office and what were some research-backed ideas I implemented.
I have also linked to products which I feel you can purchase to help you become more productive.
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Things to Consider For Your Home Office
To get started, I want to first layout all the parameters you should consider for your home office.
Feeling drowsy? When working from home? What about a headache? Or you just are unable to sit for long hours. Well, all these signs point to insufficient or dim lighting in your work area. In fact, I come from an Industrial Engineering Background – check me out here (I know, shameless plug) but one of the first things which any shop floor/factory ensures is there is sufficient light.
Although these days we may feel that the screens we look at have their own backlights, by not having enough ambient light, you’re inviting eye strain and headache.
Furthermore, having the right kind of light triggers the hormone serotonin – which will allow you to stay focussed and calm.
What’s the easiest way to accomplish this? Have your workspace in a balcony or near a window. You’ll be surprised how your productivity will improve by making this change.
Of course, if your home doesn’t have an area like that, it’s ok. Invest in bright, LED lights which come at a neutral colour (5600K colour temperature) not cool white or warm.
Here are some light recommendations.
The story of light doesn’t end there.
Say you’re someone who does a lot of video calls, I think if your goal is to look professional, it makes sense to invest in a video light. This will go a long way and allow you to take calls without issues late at night or during cloudy days.
Let me make one thing clear, this parameter will be the hardest to fix for most homes. You have kids, traffic, the general sound of chores – everything around you is trying to get you distracted.
I think most of you will agree, having a silent environment to work is directly related to your productivity.
So what can we do about this? Here’s the thing, there is no easy answer for sound – or rather should I say noise.
I just have 3 suggestions
Good Noise-cancelling headphones are expensive so I wouldn’t recommend them for everyone, but if you can buy them – go for it.
What about the rest of us? A simple thing I do is just wear any headphones or earphones on without any music playing in them. They behave as excellent noise dampeners.
Speaking about noise dampeners, you can actually invest in some noise dampeners yourself. Simple foam-based noise dampeners are fairly inexpensive and can reduce a lot of reverberating noise (especially traffic noise).
Just pick the right location in your home – something away from chores, if you have a big enough home – maybe a separate room. Trust me, your family is more disturbed with you than you are with them.
Chair and Ergonomics
I have actually done a complete video explaining the right ergonomics for any office – home or work check it out here:
But if you plan on working for long hours, at any cost don’t ignore this aspect. Invest in an external monitor and keyboard – laptop will kill your ergonomics, and having a comfortable, height-adjustable chair can go a long way extending your career.
Wifi/ Internet Connectivity
More often than not, the internet we use at home is routed from a router which was the default router we obtained from the service provider.
These routers generally are entry-level and may not cover the entire house with consistent, reliable internet. I would recommend purchasing a mesh network router boost if your home office is away from the router (greater than 20ft) to ensure that you’re always connected.
If it’s too expensive, I would recommend getting the router shifted to a location closer to you.
Your home office environment should put you in a state of calm and focus – and to help with that incorporating a lot of small elements will help a lot.
Start with a small plant on your table, you can add some inspirational quotes and ensure your work area is well ventilated.
Use colours which will calm you and see if you can invest in some potpourri – to help with the right fragrance.
Your mood is to set such that the moment you sit at your chair – you’re ready to work. It must help you get in the mood for productivity.
Best Budget Home Office
This is the best budget home office you can set up. The parameters used are explained below in things to consider
Total Cost: Approximately Rs. 17,000
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Best Overall Home Office
This is a no-compromise home office setup. This is very similar to the setup I use currently.
Total Cost: Approx Between Rs, 36,000 to Rs. 49,000
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Best High-End Home Office
This is when you want to go all out.
No holds bar, the ultimate home office setup.
Total Cost: Over Rs. 3,00,000
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Common Mistakes to avoid
- Avoid working from your bed at all costs – it will cause permanent damage to your spine, neck and elbows
- Invest in some cheap velcro cable ties to help manage your cable properly
- Under no circumstance should you use your work area for anything. Your home office should be sacred. Only work there. Nothing else.
Well, based on these principles, this is how my home office looks.
How does your home office look? Share it on Instagram and tag @homebanao we would love to reshare it 🙂