2. Make temperature control a priority.
If the temperature rises above 80 degrees in your work space, you may notice as much as a 4% drop in productivity. Uncomfortable temperatures make it hard to focus on work tasks. You may have trouble keeping your attention on what you're supposed to be doing when you're sweating or shivering!
Make temperature control a priority. Depending on where your home office is located, especially if it's in a basement or attic, your HVAC may not control the temperature as well as it does throughout the rest of the house. You may find yourself getting hot and uncomfortable. If that increase in heat, as it so often does, coincides with that natural after-lunch drop in productivity, you may have a lot of trouble finding the motivation to focus on work again.
Luckily, temperature control isn't as hard as you might think. Try some of these strategies to make the most of your home office space.
Install or update your ceiling fan for your home office.
A ceiling fan can help move air through the room, making it more comfortable. In summer, that means a cooling breeze. In winter, your ceiling fan can push down the warmer air that often hovers near the ceiling, making your office space more comfortable without the need to change your temperature.
Modern ceiling fans incorporate smart technology that can make it easier to adapt your temperature controls. Sometimes, you may want to connect it to your smartphone or other device, making it easy to flip the fan on or turn it up or down directly from your desk. Other times, you may prefer to use a remote, which can also make it easy to control temperature without having to get up or break your concentration and flow.
Use individual temperature control options.
A small space heater or window unit can make it easier to warm up your space, especially if you're operating in an area of your home that doesn't get great airflow. If you have trouble controlling the temperature in your home office space, consider adding those options to your room to make it more comfortable.
3. Focus on comfort.
When you only work from home occasionally, you may not need to worry about having the right office equipment on hand. You'll be back in the office within a couple of days, after all. As you make that transition to working from home on a regular basis, however, you may want to seriously consider updating your equipment to make you more comfortable. This might include items like:
A desk large enough for your equipment and paperwork.
If you need to spread blueprints across your desk on a regular basis, you may need a larger table or space than if you typically need only your laptop. Likewise, you may need space for a large monitor (or two), a keyboard, and speakers. You don't want to constantly have to shuffle piles around, so make sure that you have a desk big enough for your needs.
If you work with a large number of tabs on a regular basis, you may find that it's much easier to complete your usual work tasks with a second monitor. Some jobs may even require three or more monitors to keep up with your usual job tasks. If you know that you're going to be working from home long-term, investing on those multiple monitors could be a great way to improve your overall productivity and make it easier to work from home.
A good desk chair.
In the early days of working from home, you may have contented yourself with working from your couch or at your kitchen table. As that work-from-home process drags on, however, you may find that working from a soft chair leads to increased back pain and other problems. As you set up your home office space, invest in a good, comfortable desk chair with appropriate ergonomic support.