Here’s Exactly What You Need to Be Successful Working from Home
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If you’re used to relying on an office coffee machine or nearby café for your afternoon pick-me-up, then you may be in for a rude awakening when you transition to working from home. “Keeping a coffeemaker in your home office helps you avoid running into distractions on your way to the kitchen,” says Claudia McLaughlin, an interior designer and the founder of CMF Transitional Organization, LLC. “It’s easy to want to quickly unload the dishwasher or pop in that load of laundry when you’re working from home, but keeping a separate coffee machine in the office will help your productivity skyrocket.”
Whether your employer has mandated video conferences or you just want to have a more personal connection to the outside world, a webcam is a must-have item for your home office. “Installing a webcam to your desktop or laptop can be a great way to stay relevant and ‘in person’ to people who work outside of your home office,” says Hein. “Logitech webcams are one of the best in the business and are easy to set up and effective at connecting people worldwide.”
Are you squinting, getting headaches and struggling to see details? It’s time to climb out of the dark. Lighting designers at Houzz say a home office should have layers of light rather than a single light source. “Layered lighting brings in light from multiple sources throughout the room,” says Anne Colby, Houzz senior editor. “Be sure the lighting is diffused and the fixtures are positioned to avoid creating screen glare, which can lead to eyestrain.” Consider all options to determine what’s best for your home office, including recessed ceiling lights, a pendant light, a desk lamp, and a window with a blind.
We all know that plants turn the CO2 we breathe out into oxygen we breathe in. “But many people don’t realize that indoor plants can actually filter out volatile organic compounds and other harmful pollutants,” says R. Terry Cline, SpaceBehavior Specialist and Licensed Architect. “And, of course, there are aesthetic and soul benefits—we feel more calm, happier, and more spiritual as we look at living things in our environment, take in their colors, and their fragrance.” And because working from home can feel claustrophobic if you never step foot outside, Cline suggests projecting shadows of the branches and leaves onto the ceiling by using a small light fixture with a clear filament bulb to create a sense of sitting under a tree. Next, check out these 14 jobs where you can be your own boss.
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