100-ish tips for working from home – Part 3

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Working from home setup

Part 3. Work setup and environment

  1. A good quality plug-in speaker may improve your ability to hear and be heard on Zoom which helps your posture!
  2. Reduce stress about your dodgy connection by using an ethernet cable instead of a wifi connection
  3. When you’re sitting at your desk, your head should be balancing on top of your spine not hanging in front of it (risking tension headache)
  4. Reduce eye strain by ensuring you are looking across at your screen
  5. To keep your legs feeling comfortable, make sure your feet are flat on the floor or a small platform – if you can’t reach the floor or your knees are higher than your hips, the chair is too low
  6. If you have back pain, stand up regularly (every 30mins or so) to move around
  7. Minimise the risk of headache by keeping your jaw bone parallel with the floor, not pointing your chin at it!
  8. Take deep breaths every so often to improve fluid return all the way from your feet if you are in a long meeting and can’t stand up regularly
  9. Fresh air is psychologically important – open the windows to ventilate your home office regularly
  10. Try to get as much natural daylight as possible – open curtains and blinds with the sunrise!
  11. If your home office doesn’t get much natural light consider buying a daylight lamp to help hormone regulation
  12. Bad or strong smells can be distracting and annoying. Keep your home office smelling fresh with reed sticks
  13. If you’re in a basement office, use a dehumidifier to keep the temperature / humidity pleasant
  14. An air purifier to cleanse the air might help your respiratory health if you live near busy roads
  15. Houseplants can improve air quality – a NASA study recommended peace lilies, ivy and spider plants as top CO2 absorbers and O2 releasers
  16. For further improvement in air quality, Ikea’s Gunrid curtain breaks down pollutants such as cleaning chemicals and pet odours when activated by light
  17. Reduce distractions by separating your work and living area with a moveable screen
  18. Tidy room, tidy mind! If you’re working in a household room (ie at the kitchen table) keep the room tidy – clear away washing up, children’s toys etc.
  19. At the end of the day, tidy your work area away at close of business and don’t go back until tomorrow!

Part 2. Daily routine