Working from home has now become a trend, as COVID-19 restrictions brought drastic changes to communities. Have you experienced getting lonesome after shifting from day-to-day operations in the office to a work from home set-up?

If you ever got tired of working alone with your laptop,  here are the essential tips on how to create a safe, sound, and productive workspace.

Tips On How to Create a Functional Workspace

  1. Familiarize yourself with the ground rules. The work from home set-up is not a new thing in the industry, but it is still a challenge for some. Make sure to list down the things you need and be familiarized on the applications and network available.
  2. Get a stable internet connection that fits your needs. Set up or subscribe to internet speed that will help you maximize your time while doing a project or a specific task. Having internet problems may cause you stress and dismay in maintaining your energy to get things done smoothly.
  3. Always connect with your phone applications. If you are working with several people, ensure your availability with your colleagues. Since most work from home set-up require you to take calls and updates, ensure that your network subscription is reliable
  4. Limit the unwanted noisy environment. If you and your family gather most of the time and have pets at home, maintain a distance  and choose a functional space that works for you.
  5. Make time to socialize. In just a few weeks of shifting from the daily operations, you might feel anxious and unsteady. Give yourself a break with a little chitchat with your colleagues and ease your loneliness by having a cup of coffee while in a Zoom meeting.
  6. Consider working in a functional space outside your home. You can always choose to have your space personal and free from distractions at home and enrol in a  shared workspace where you can focus with your tasks.

Why Consider Shared Workspace Environment?

  • A shared workspace gives you the chance to meet like-minded individuals, who  you can ask for some information to strengthen your knowledge in some things you’re not clearly aware of.
  • It also enhances collaboration and teamwork.  People can easily share their ideas, feedback, and suggestions coming from different perspectives, making you consider things you haven’t tried to come up with. 
  • In essence, it can help you establish a great working relationship with other people.
  • You can also utilize your expenses at home when using electricity, internet connection, and water supply. 

These things are beneficial for you and for the employers who are cost cutting. They can also utilize their expenses, because it will allow them to invest less in their normal operations. 

At this point, many employers or even individuals are shifting to a shared workspace.  At the end of the day, a functional workspace is a productive and friendly environment that works for everyone.

Another tip from desk-optimizing tip from Perman: Set up your desk the same way both at home and at your office (if you often move between offices) to minimize friction switching from one environment to the other. Ideally, that means the same type of desk and same type of chair, as well as the same placement of your file cabinet and same desk accessories.

Both of these ideas might seem extreme or overly structured for some people, but you can still take the general idea behind the tips to improve the way you work in your office, wherever that might be.