Until recently, remote workers made a small minority of the workforce, but now that pandemic has forced many companies to close their doors, their numbers are growing.
According to a PRNewswire press release, two-thirds of Americans are working remotely at least part of the work week as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Forty-four percent of them are working from home all five days per week.
If you're one of the millions of people working from their kitchen counters or coffee tables, it's time to admit you need a change. Where you work is just as important as how you work.
Why Impromptu Spots Don't Cut it
In a pinch, your spot at the dining table is as good as any other place to work, but it starts to reveal itself as counterproductive once you're spending any length of time there.
It, like a coffee table or kitchen counter, is in a high-traffic area of your home. You'll constantly be interrupted by family or roommates as they use the space around you.
It's also a room full of distractions. Not only do you have a fridge full of snacks to taste-test, but you also have dishes to clean, floors to mop, and cupboards to organize. It's hard to focus on your work when there are so many other things vying for your attention.
You Need an Intentional Space
Carving a dedicated space that you use only to work will help you stay on task and meet productivity targets. It's easier to slip into work mode when you don't use this space for anything else like watching TV or eating dinner. You'll come to associate this spot with your workspace and nothing else.
If possible, remodel a whole room to keep your at-home office separate from high-traffic areas. But there are ways to create an intentional workspace if you don't have a lot of extra room.
If you need to work in a living room or kitchen, move away from the couch, coffee table, or kitchen counter and look for a corner of the room where you can fit a desk. In particularly tight spaces, you can find custom wood furniture built specifically for your needs and space. You can find solid wood desks and all-in-one work stations that combine ample storage space with a desk.
Solid wood furniture fits any room and interior design seamlessly, making it an easy, functional, and stylish addition to your home without it looking like your office has taken over.
Block out Distractions
A solid wood desk in the corner of your kitchen isn't unlike a shared workspace in a busy open-layout office. Even with a dedicated seat at a beautiful solid wood furniture piece, you'll still have to contend with distractions. Your neighbour may be using their chainsaw all afternoon, your roommate may need to cook their lunch, or your kids may be tele-learning from a spot nearby.
You need to learn how to ignore these distractions. A good set of noise-cancelling headphones is a great investment, especially if you pair it with a work playlist of soft jazz, ambient noises, or classical music.
The world's sudden embrace of WFH-policies comes with a lot of advantages. With a few steps between your bed and your new solid wood desk, your commute is down to nothing.
But the transition isn't always smooth. It may take some time before you're working from home like a pro. Remember these tips to help you curate a productive place to work remotely.