Tips For Working From Home - Part 2 of 3

Last Update: Jun 6, 2017

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#2 - Limit Your Distractions


You might think you can glance at TV news every now and then and that may be true. But if you turn up the sound or – far worse – you switch channels to a favourite like Sports Channel, DIY or whatever, you are finished!

Do you really think you can focus with that amount of distraction in the room? Ask yourself - would you do this in front of your boss or co-workers?

Notifications from electronic devices can also be a distraction. They’ll tempt you to check your voicemail, texts, Facebook messages, or Instagram account - a sure way to lose focus.

Try to separate your personal and social communication platforms from your work computer.

Set up alarms or a schedule for stretching your legs and checking your devices – this will ensure you stay focused between those short breaks.

A window with a busy view might not help as it gives your mind more things to process than it needs. Even worse when your space is filled with personal business like unpaid bills, grocery shopping lists or things you need to file.

If at all possible, keep your work space separate from your personal office.

Limiting distractions means asking yourself, 'Would this be acceptable at head office?'


#3 - Prioritise Ergonomics

No matter where you work, you can only do it if you’re not in physical pain.

If you can, invest in an ergonomic keyboard. These are designed to protect your wrists and hands, something that chiropractors, massage therapists and orthopaedic surgeons think is important.

Just as important - your desk height. Make sure your work surface is not too high or you’ll be holding your shoulders up all day. A small desk with a keyboard tray can be a great investment in your productivity and “work from home” wellness. These are available from local stores and online retailers.

A desk that can be raised is also a great investment as, standing for a good portion of your day can help keep you healthier, aid your circulation and may even prevent weight gain.

Don’t scrimp on your seating either - invest in an ergonomic chair. This will pay dividends in the long run, since comfort equals productivity.

And, get a good light, especially if you do a fair amount of reading or document proofing. There’s no substitute for good lighting.


Part 3 - with tips 4 & 5 will follow in next blog

Cheers,

Michael

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Excellent advice! Thanks for the post.

Great post. Thanks for sharing with us.

Good practical advice. Thanks. Debbie

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