Written in collaboration with Rosana Beechum

By now we have all had some time to adjust to the curveballs that 2020 threw at us. Well, most of them at least, we’re only human! As we move forward into the new year, it’s important that we pivot from reacting to actively planning, from rolling with the punches to taking confident steps forward. One of the realities that most of us are dealing with is that working from home is going to be a fact of life for a while longer yet. Rather than putting up with the set-up that has been working fine so far, why not tackle this head on and create an optimised home office?

Make sure you have all the kit you need

It’s time to invest in a space conducive to working.

How many of us have been working from the dining room table? How many of us have been sitting in an armchair, or even on the sofa, with their laptop perched precariously on their knees? How many of us have been referring to their spare room as “the office” without actually making it remotely resemble a work station? It is time for a change in the new year! Find a desk that doesn’t wobble and which isn’t covered with your bills and catalogues. Get a desk chair that doesn’t threaten to forever alter the shape of your spine. Make sure that your broadband can handle the demands of your work, and that you enough light to work with.

Think about storage

Things were simple enough when we thought that we would all be working from home for a month or two, but as the year went by many of us ended up giving up our office space to make the move a little bit more permanent. Anyone who had to do a run in their car to their office building to bring home their boxes and office furniture may well be looking at it right now as we’ve struggled to find room for it in our homes. It’s time to get it out of the house and into a business self storage facility, where you can access it if you need to and you know it’s safe and well taken care of. Easy Access Self Storage has a range of options depending on your location and what it is you’re looking to stow away.    

Commit to a proper work routine

It’s important to outline a working routine and stick to it.

When you work from home it can be difficult to draw a clear line between work and leisure time. We’ve all found ourselves checking our emails at half past ten at night, or worked clear through lunch because hey, we’re always at the office at the moment. It’s so important to your mental health to know when to switch off, and we should also be making plenty of time to get some fresh air and exercise now that we no longer have a morning walk to work. Try to slot in some quick exercise routines during your work day to keep that body moving and remember to factor in some screen-free time to give your eyes and your brain a rest.

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