How to make your home office space work

June 30, 2020

We are finding that a lot of people searching for new career paths at the moment are in need of an at-home office space conducive to productivity as well as interviews. We have come up with a few tips to ensure you are getting the most out of your home office environment.

Lighting is key

Natural light is often thought of as a way to improve productivity and concentration. We understand that productivity shoots up at varying times, so if you tend to work later in the day, we advise using a daylight bulb to mimic sunlight.

If a daylight bulb isn’t for you, try to adjust the lighting in your home so you are not working in a dark environment. This can lead to feeling drowsy and cause strain on your eyes. Try to refrain from blue light whether it be from your computer screen or room lighting as that is likely to give you a headache.

Be prepared with the right tools

If you are used to working in a more traditional workspace, it might be a good idea to invest in a proper desk and chair. This is where you will be spending the majority of your time during the workweek, so having these will help you work.  

Depending on what type of work you do depends on what computers you will need. A laptop is a top choice for people WFH as it allows you to be more mobile than a traditional desktop computer. A second monitor is also useful if you need to spend a lot of time cross-referencing spreadsheets or researching.

Keep distractions to a minimum

As you will know from being at home the past few months, distractions come in many forms. Whether it be family members, cleaning or the dog, you can easily get off track.

If you are able to work in a separate room, it will be easier to distance yourself from the chaos. If not, try to have the room you are working in as tidy as possible and have some calming music in the background to soften out other noises.

Find your work-life balance

When you’re working at home, this can be a tricky one to master. If you’re able to dedicate a separate space to work, then compartmentalising work becomes much easier to do. But if you’re tight on space, there are still plenty of other things you can try.

Establish a daily routine — ideally one where you start and end your day with exercise. Even if it’s just a 15-minute walk around the block, it means you’re creating a buffer between your work and your life at home. It can be easy to get sucked into a never-ending pile of paperwork, so schedule in regular breaks and eat lunch at a normal time. Not only will you keep your energy levels up, but you’ll feel more productive afterwards.

Lasting thoughts…

Whether you are new to your job or looking for a new career during this crazy time, Blakeney Point is here for you. We specialise in recruitment for some of the largest Food & Drink companies in the UK and have decades of experience to help both client and customer side. Find out more about us here.