Tips To Make Your Condo More Remote-work Friendly
Saturday Jan 23rd, 2021
Since the onset of the pandemic, out condos are doubling as our offices, boardrooms, gyms, coffee shops and classrooms. However, when you are already pressed for space, finding a dedicated space to work can be quite a challenge. Especially if you if you live in a small condo or with multiple roommates and the only space you have is your bedroom, it can be all the harder to create a friendly work-space that is conductive to productivity. Creating a workspace in a small condo needs a spark of creativity and some innovation. Here are a few handy tips to help you optimize your small space for working from home.
Sit Near A Window For Natural Light
Did you know that natural light ensures your physical well-being, enhances creativity, alleviates stress, improves your mood, and promotes productivity and learning? It’s no wonder that most offices these days are fitted with enormous windows that allow ample natural light to flow in. When choosing a spot in your condo to set up your workstation, find a place near the window that is away from direct sunlight but still provides daylight.
Find A Good Spot For Video Calls
If you are working remotely out of a small condo, one of the biggest challenge must be to find a good spot to take video calls from. Keeping in mind that all participants can see your surroundings, you need to find a quiet, professional looking spot. Especially if you don’t have a dedicated workspace, this spot could be anywhere in your condo; closet doors, hallways, living room, or even bathrooms make good video call spots. If you are living with family or roommates, let them know that you will be on call so as to avoid constant interruption. If you have pets or little kids at home, make sure to lock the room to make sure they don’t make an unsolicited presence.
Keep it clean
When you are pressed for space, clutter is your mortal enemy. Keeping things neat and organized will make sure you find everything you need and help you stay sane. Make sure all your cords are tied up, go with wireless tech to cut down on wires, store all your work paraphernalia out of sight in boxes and labeled folders, and make sure to have a designated space for all your supplies. Most importantly; make sure to clean and re-organize your workspace at the end of every workday so you can start fresh in the morning.
Invest In Ergonomic Furniture
Let’s face it; work from home is here to stay. So, if you are going to be stuck working 9 hours a day, five days a week in your condo, you should better make it comfortable. When people talk about remote working, images of employees slouching on the sofa, typing propped up on one arm, or lying on their beds in their pj’s with their laptops precariously balanced on their tummies, come to mind. It’s no wonder that remote employees are complaining about carpal tunnel syndrome and other issues since the lockdown. This is why you need to invest in a workspace that's a little easier on your body.
Even if you are not looking to invest in ergonomic contraptions, you can make do with what you have at home. For instance, if you need to work on your bed, try a lumber cushion for maximum back support, as well as extra pillows to prop your arms. Set your laptop on a pile of books to get the top 2-3 inches of the screen in your line of sight. Get a separate keyboard and mouse for your laptop and keep them close to refrain from reaching out and straining your arms and shoulders. If you don’t have a standing desk at home, use your bar table instead when you are tired of sitting in one position for too long. If you don’t have a proper table/desk at home, you can invest in a wall-mounted table that folds up when you're not using it. Make sure the chair you are using is the right size for you, is padded, rather than plastic or wood, and has ample back support. For an ideal home check out here.