Guide to Setting Up a Designated Workspace at Home

If you are working from home during the pandemic, or perhaps you are a distance learning student, this guide to setting up a designated workspace at home is just for you!

What is the Ideal Workspace at Home?

In order to remain productive at home, you need to ensure that your home workspace actually feels like a working environment. Here are 5 things to remember when setting up your designated workspace at home:

  1. Separate from living space 
  2. Good lighting 
  3. Comfortable 
  4. Free from distractions 
  5. Organised 

1. Separate from living space 

For starters, you need to decide where your workspace location will be inside of your home. The location of your workspace will ultimately determine how productive you will actually be. 

Where you relax and where you  work need to be two completely separate areas. 

Find a quiet area, where you will be able to focus on your work and will not be bothered by others.

2. Good lighting 

Ensure that your workspace has enough lighting to avoid putting unnecessary strain on your eyes. 

Try and find a spot that has natural light coming in throughout the day. Otherwise, make sure that your light is bright enough and maybe get a desk lamp too.

3. Comfortable 

Your workspace needs to be comfortable to sit in for long periods of time. However, it should not be too comfortable that you become lazy. 

Stay away from working on your bed or on your living room couch, instead find a comfortable chair to place in front of your desk. Also, perhaps try and add a few things to make you feel at peace, such as a pot plant or a picture. 

Your workspace needs to make you feel comfortable and inspire you to get things done, not make you feel uncomfortable and discouraged.

4. Free from distractions 

Having the best workspace setup means nothing if it is full of distractions. Distractions take our focus off of what needs to be done and reduce our productivity. 

Remove anything that may distract you from your work, ask your family members not to bother you and stay off of your phone.

When you are in your working hours, try not to think about things you need to do around the house. When you are in your workspace, create a mindset for yourself that you are actually in the office and not at home.

Follow our tips to prevent procrastinating.

5. Organised 

Keep your workspace neat and organised, and remove any clutter to ensure that you work efficiently. 

When you set up your workspace at home, make sure that you have everything you need at an arm’s reach. This way you will be able to stay focused on your work instead of getting up every time you need a pen, or a notepad.

Create a filing system for all of your paperwork. As a result, your workspace will look neat and you will be able to find what you need immediately.

How to Stay Productive in your Workspace at Home?

People working from home often feel they are not as productive as they would be in a more formal environment. Some struggle to separate their work life from their home life and in return become overwhelmed and burn out.

Here are 10 things you can do to help you stay productive in your home workspace:

  1. Take regular breaks
  2. Avoid distractions
  3. Act as if you are at the office
  4. Plan your day
  5. Get enough sleep 
  6. Don’t work after hours
  7. Find someone to hold you accountable
  8. Practice self-care
  9. Try different approaches
  10. Get rid of stress factors

For more detail on staying productive at home, read

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Kayla Preston
Date Published: 18 January 2021