With more and more people working from home, creating a make-shift space that is productive and can keep you comfortable is key. There are some small changes you can make in your home office if you find yourself unexpectedly working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic—and beyond.

We shared some tips last week about how to make your home workspace more comfortable, productive, and healthy. This week, we wanted to provide you with even more working-from-home hacks that will keep you moving, keep you productive, and enhance your environment to be the best space possible. 

 Movement

Avoid sitting for more than 2 hours at a time. Get up and walk around. Set a timer if you need to. Getting your blood pumping keeps your productivity levels high.

Stand when you take a break for lunch, are on a phone call, or if you are doing other non-computer tasks for up to 30 minutes at a time. Don’t be afraid to reach down and touch your toes to get a stretch in while you’re standing.

Move frequently. Change positions while sitting at your desk and get up and go for quick walks when possible. Want an easy 14-minute break to move and stretch? Check out some Dot Yoga on our YouTube channel! 

Productivity

Keeping a routine is still important when you are working from home. When you get up in the morning, make your bed, get dressed, and brush your teeth. Keeping a sense of routine will start your day on a productive note.

Be sure to take breaks regularly. Schedule your lunch into your calendar and have it alert you when it’s time to take a break. Take this time to walk away from your computer and take a break. Schedule in daily dance breaks—put on your favorite song to dance and sing along to. This 3– to 4-minute break will boost your mood and put a smile on your face.

Engage with your coworkers on a regular basis. Chat with them through Microsoft Teams and schedule periodic casual Zoom meetings. It is important to stay connected. 

 Environment

Having everyone at home can be distracting. Manage the noise in your home with noise-canceling headphones, or by listening to unfamiliar sounds or music in the background.

Keep your environment well-lit and bright. Be sure to position your screen away from light sources to minimize glare and eye strain.

Let air flow through your workspace for improved air quality. Increase ventilation with a fan or by keeping doors open. Is the weather nice where you are? Feel free to crack a window and let in the fresh air!


For more tips on how to improve your work-from-home office from Humantech, click here.

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