Is it a struggle to find the right place to work at home?

work at home

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, work at home was already a growing phenomena. According to the ONS, in 2015, 4.2 million people across a range of sectors, were working from home.

As many people were forced to work from home during the national lockdowns, for many it was a new experience. Going forward, it is predicted that 50% of the population will continue to work from home.

The challenge for many has been to find the right space to work from within the home, as well as managing a healthy work life balance, as things can often merge into on

work at home

Makeshift home offices can be anything from the kitchen top, the sofa or even our beds.

It may be that if you are living in a house with others, the bedroom is the only place where you can work undisturbed!

  • People often worry that they do not have the space for a home office.
  • The good news is that you do not need a spare room. With some creativity, a home office can take up a just a small section of a room, with minimal financial outlay.
Home Office
2nd bedroom orange
  • My home office is at one end of a spare bedroom. It measures 200 cm x 100 cm, and accommodates all my business & personal documents, as well as stationery & a digital printer.
  • The desk can be drawn up to sit flat against the wall. This makes the room more spacious when I have a guest. The desk is something that has accompanied me from one home to another, initially being purchased for my then teenage son’s bedroom. As it is so old, I can no longer locate the supplier unfortunately……….
  • However, ‘House Beautiful’ have compiled a very useful article listing 13 of what they consider to be the best options for wall mounted desks, which you can read here
  • There are also many other options online. Below is an office that has been created  underneath a staircase that is a great space saving option.
understairs office
  • While most of us cannot afford designer products, there is no harm in admiring great design & the designers ingenuity. Below is a great designer product called the ‘Pill’ which I love, but it does not come cheap at £2,498 ! There are a variety of different colours & you can view it online here
Designer wall desk
Designer wall mounted desk

Work life balance & healthy choices:

  1. It is healthy to separate the working day from the evening leisure time. In other words, there is a time to STOP for the day.
  2. Tidy things away, file paper & digital files, if it works for you, make a ‘to do’ list for the next day, then metaphorically speaking, park work for the day both physically & mentally.
  3. Relax!

 

Another thing to bear in mind is to be aware of your posture when working:

  • Lower back pain is a huge issue for many people, as so many of us spend many hours sitting & working online. Experts estimate that 80% of people will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives.
  • Not everyone can afford a good desk-chair but sitting upright with some lumbar support can minimise issues, so whenever possible, try to do this.
  • Getting up & moving around frequently, is also important to relieve the lower back, as is rapid walking, keeping the back straight. This is particularly important if you have to work propped up on your bed for example!

 

Benefits of dedicated home working spaces:

If you are able to create a dedicated workspace, it can be easier to separate work time from leisure time. In lockdown, a new trend has been to create garden home office spaces, for those people fortunate enough to have a garden. There are many options online that can be explored including some great contemporary options at Garden Offices that you can view here

Either way, some discipline is required & for many, while this has been a huge learning curve, hopefully, after 3 national lockdowns, at least some or us will have mastered this by now.

If you would like any advice on creating a home office work space within your home, you can book an initial free 30 minute consultation call here or email me directly at pauline.purves@pleasanthomes.co.uk

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