Working from home
I’m always being asked how I manage to work from home without a) murdering anyone, and b) becoming a social recluse. To be fair, I’m a bit of a hermit anyway, although I’m sure friends from my youth would disagree! I believe that we ‘grow’ into our personalities over time, and being middle-aged for me means I’m confident enough to allow my personality to become more fluid. Anyway, I digress (how’d that happen?). What I want to say is that you can work from home effectively (and without murdering anyone), with a little planning.
Get a comfy chair
The chair in this insta-worthy photo looks pretty cool, but there’s no way it’ll support anyone’s ass or back for longer than a hot minute. Get the biggest, comfiest chair you can afford. I have an Ergohuman elite chair with integrated footrest and laptop arm, although I don’t use the laptop arm much. The almost £1k pricetag is actually priceless to me as I have cervical spondylosis, but everyone who’s tried my chair out has said it’s worth the investment.
Don't scrimp on desk space
It’s easy to walk around Ikea and see cramped spaces looking swish but it’s another to take home a tiny desk only to find you can’t fit anything on it. You’ll need to make sure you’ve got space for all your kit, and that includes coffee/tea, mouse and associated accessories like wrist rests etc. If you’re like me and eat at your desk (must get out of that habit), then you’ll need somewhere to catch your crumbs.
Learn to close the door
This tip is two-fold; learn to close the door to your home office at the end of the working day. Shut everything down and don’t be tempted to “just answer this one email”. When you’ve done, you’ve done. The second part to this tip is to close everyone else out. Don’t get dragged into a family dispute or get sick to death of hearing the doorbell go. Close the door. Close them all out. I know I make this sound simple when it rarely is, but just try to be a bit firmer, you might surprise yourself!
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