If you are still working from your bedroom while your computer teeters on the edge of your make shift ‘desk’, you need to embrace working from home in a whole new way. Get what you need to have, a functional and efficient home office.
Here are the basics: You’ve probably got these. Computer, desk, chair, keyboard, headphones, printer and some strong wifi.
What you might not have is-good ergonomics. Here’s info from the Mayo Clinic on how to sit correctly at your desk.
- Make sure your chair supports your spinal curves.
- Having lumbar support can be helpful.
- Adjust the height of the chair so your feet rest flat on the floor (or on a footrest).
- Your thighs should be parallel to the floor.
Keyboard and Mouse
- When typing keep your wrists straight.
- Your upper arms are at your sides, close to your body.
- Place your hands at or slightly below the level of your elbows.
- Make sure there’s clearance for your knees, thighs and feet under your desk.
- Don’t store items under your desk.
- If the desk is too low and can’t be adjusted, place sturdy boards or blocks under the desk legs.
- If the desk is too high and can’t be adjusted, raise your chair and use a footrest.
- Place the monitor directly in front of you, about an arm’s length away.
- The top of the screen should be at or slightly below eye level.
- The monitor should be directly behind your keyboard.
- If you wear bifocals, lower the monitor an additional 1 to 2 inches for more comfortable viewing.
- Place your monitor so that the brightest light source is to the side.
Then add a few fun products and personalize you space.
Post It Notes
What did we ever do before post it notes? Here is how to get a 10 pound shipment.
No more buttons, no more switches, no more dials, Cube Timers allow you to manage your time with simplicity and in style. The four sides of the cube simply state the minutes that you would like to start timing. Merely turn it on the side needed and it will immediately start timing. Check out this one.
Blue light blocking glasses have specially crafted lenses that are said to block or filter out the blue light given off from digital screens. The lenses claim to protect your eyes from glare and can help reduce potential damage to your retina from prolonged exposure to blue light.
These glasses filter the blue light from screens-computer, phone and tablets. They can reduce exposure that can potentially damage retina and protect your eyes from glare.
Here’s some to choose from. https://www.verywellhealth.com/best-blue-light-blocking-glasses-4579815
Surge protector or maybe a new one.
There are power surges throughout the day because of storms but even the air conditioning turning on can lead to a surge. Protect your stuff and get a surge protector. If you have one, when was the last time you replaced it? Just like any electronic device it wears out, which means you could be unprotected from a surge that could fry your electronics. https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-surge-protector/
Lumbar back support
Lumbar support feels so great when you have it. Your spine curves and support is needed. Here’s a great list of lumbar back supports.
A cool water bottle
4C company works to create a sustainable ocean. They pull one pound of plastics out of the ocean for every product sold. They have some cool reusable water bottles. Save the ocean and buy one for your office.
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Margo Crawford is a Productivity Coach with Wave Productivity. If you are struggling with your workday and need to focus and get clarity, you are not alone. Margo works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and business professionals to help them get more focused, organized and productive in their workplace. Set up a consultation today. Margo coaches by phone nationally. If you want to get more organized in your office call 602-677-8275 or email [email protected]