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The pan­dem­ic has proven that remote work can be both a dream and a real night­mare. Incor­rect work­space orga­ni­za­tion reduces our pro­duc­tiv­i­ty lev­els, neg­a­tive­ly affects men­tal health and con­tributes to the destruc­tion of fam­i­ly rela­tion­ships. How to avoid it? We give advice.

one Define the boundaries of the working area

The oppor­tu­ni­ty to tem­porar­i­ly iso­late from loved ones and con­cen­trate on work will give a sep­a­rate room. An ide­al home office can be a “clut­tered” pantry, attic or insu­lat­ed bal­cony.

Pri­va­cy dur­ing the day­time will also pro­vide a bed­room. But doing office tasks while lying in bed is not a good idea. An unnat­ur­al work­ing posi­tion can lead to neck and back pain. Use exist­ing fur­ni­ture: a trel­lis, dress­ing table or bed­side table can eas­i­ly be turned into a desk that can fit a lap­top, and pos­si­bly a print­er.

Own­ers of com­pact apart­ments will have to choose between a liv­ing room and a kitchen. A book­case, wardrobe or screen will help pro­tect you from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the home. Dec­o­ra­tive par­ti­tions made of wood, glass, and fab­ric are also suit­able for delim­it­ing space.

2 Observe the rules of ergonomics and convenience

It is not nec­es­sary to equip a work area under the air con­di­tion­er, in a draft, and also next to a work­ing stove and oven. Uncom­fort­able air tem­per­a­ture will wors­en your well-being and reduce your effi­cien­cy.

Respon­si­bly treat the choice of fur­ni­ture — it should be com­fort­able so that you do not have to unnat­u­ral­ly bend over and hunch over. The pres­ence of a table and a chair is the min­i­mum that will be need­ed for pro­duc­tive activ­i­ties. Make sure that the com­put­er mon­i­tor is locat­ed at least 45 cm from the eyes. Remem­ber that all the nec­es­sary tools should be at hand. Use mul­ti­func­tion­al fur­ni­ture with draw­ers where you can put things from the table.

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Remote work devel­ops the skill of mul­ti­task­ing. Before evening, we try to do not only office work, but also house­hold chores — walk the dog, put things in order, help the chil­dren with their home­work. How­ev­er, dur­ing cer­tain hours it is bet­ter to pri­or­i­tize in favor of work. Try not to com­bine the exe­cu­tion of respon­si­ble assign­ments of the boss with cook­ing — set aside time for work and a lunch break.

3 Set up a place for a quick break

Rest is just as impor­tant when you are away as it is in the office. In a tense sit­u­a­tion, it is impor­tant to take a break, take a breath, think in silence about the solu­tion to the prob­lem that has arisen. It is desir­able that the relax­ation zone is not part of the gen­er­al home space — a din­ing table or a sofa by the TV. Here you will invol­un­tar­i­ly begin to project irri­ta­tion on your loved ones.

Try orga­niz­ing a stress-free space next to your work­space. Here you can place a rock­ing chair, a soft pouffe or a ham­mock. A cof­fee table, plants and dis­creet acces­sories com­plete the relax­ing atmos­phere.

four Get rid of distractions

A clut­tered work­space dis­rupts the clar­i­ty of thought. Frames with fam­i­ly pho­tos, sou­venirs from Thai­land and trin­kets giv­en by friends for a birth­day are best moved from the desk to the non-work­ing area. Items that evoke a wave of pleas­ant mem­o­ries will pre­vent you from focus­ing on impor­tant tasks. Make sure every item in your field of vision has a prac­ti­cal pur­pose and dec­o­ra­tive items are kept to a min­i­mum.

Try to give up the bad habit of watch­ing TV in the back­ground. The inces­sant flow of speech and the pic­ture flick­er­ing on the screen will reduce your lev­el of atten­tive­ness. Be care­ful with the use of per­fume can­dles — bright and rich aro­mas will pre­vent you from get­ting into a work­ing mood.

Let your fam­i­ly know about your work sched­ule. Explain what con­di­tions you need to work com­fort­ably at home. If pos­si­ble, install a door lock to avoid awk­ward sit­u­a­tions dur­ing impor­tant nego­ti­a­tions.

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5 Keep Motivated

Until recent­ly, the house was our refuge, a place where we hid from work prob­lems and relaxed with our fam­i­ly. Here we are accus­tomed to devote all our free time to tak­ing care of our­selves and loved ones. To take on the writ­ing of reports, you often have to over­pow­er your­self. But this can be fixed.

Pay atten­tion to the walls, espe­cial­ly the one next to the com­put­er. Look­ing at her from time to time, you take a break from work. Dec­o­rate the void with posters with uplift­ing quotes and apho­risms — they will cheer you up and charge you with pos­i­tive ener­gy when you want to give up.

Anoth­er dec­o­ra­tion option is to cre­ate a wish card. Visu­al­ize a dream that can be real­ized through work. This will inspire you to be pro­duc­tive and climb the career lad­der.