How to rejuvenate your work environment with a beautiful workspace from home
The pandemic has locked us in our homes, working long hours in our pajamas at home. So Rutuja Rode, Project Architecture and Executive Director of Meta-Arch, shares with us some tips on how to renew our work from the home space and bring it to life.
This is to put a beach background for this video call. Everything is already a moment of testing and patience, we want to hide those laundry bags or those messy sheets lying around the house for the next Zoom Meeting, don’t we? Work from home, they said. Our cats didn’t care much.
The first thing an office space does that a house does not use is the dedicated administration of things in an organized manner in our daily working life. However, as human beings we can only adjust and adapt. Let’s look at ways to improvise our work from the home space to improve our levels of concentration.
Most jobs involve the use of a computer, laptop, or tablet. First, you would need an unbroken free area that is 4′-5 ‘in length and 2′-3’ in width. This allows you to work comfortably with a device and a notepad if needed. Along with this, you need a convenient storage space for all your stationery and productivity enhancing documents. Keep in mind that in this case less is always more if each item has a dedicated space. Avoid clutter and keep it minimalist when it comes to your office layout.
With this desk you need a very ergonomic chair. You don’t have to use an office style chair, but find something that keeps your body comfortable and in the correct postures at all times. Personally, I prefer a chair without armrests because I love to sit cross-legged on the chair with a fairly tight backrest.
Then and the most important feature is the lighting. Ideally, you should be able to look out a window. Avoid moving the window back as the sun glare will hit your device screen. It’s best to sit parallel to the opening so that light can enter from the sides and showcase your space. For support, you can use a comfortable desk lamp that you may want to use every now and then.
As support features, one can envision having writable surfaces and bulletin boards for writing or pasting important task lists, remembering notes, schedules, etc. A trendy item these days are magnetic glass boards that can also be written on and cleaned. like using magnetic pins to glue papers.
It has been observed that people spend long hours working at home compared to working in the office. This is because people save a lot of time on the commute to work. There must be things that can help you take breaks and relax every now and then. So, adding indoor plants near your desk can add great value to the feeling of being close to nature.
Good thermal comfort is just as important. One can try to adjust their working areas in the cooler parts of the house where there is a good amount of natural breeze and ventilation in the room.
Last, but not least, the colors! Make a palette that resonates with your personality. Try adding these colors in and around your work environment in the form of finishes, textures and fabrics.
About the Author: Rutuja Rode, Project Architecture and Executive Director of META-ARCH.
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