Work from Home Productivity Tips to Help Start 2021 off Right
Jan 18, 2021
Working from home has become the norm rather than the exception, and will likely remain that way well into 2021. Yet, with all of the distractions, achieving optimal work from home productivity still remains a challenge for many of us. Even for interruptions that only last a second or two can have a ripple effect as it often takes a few moments to get back on track.
One way to improve work from home productivity is by creating a better home office design. We’ll look at the psychology behind your environment and what adjustments can be made to help achieve optimal productivity.
Eliminate the Noise
There is no such thing as a silent home office, but you can get closer with the right design. Glass sliding interior doors offer sound insulation while still providing a view into the rest of the home so you can keep an eye on your kids while getting things done.
Depending on your personal and professional set-up, you might opt for clear glass doors or some prefer frosted or decorative glass to provide contrast and design.
Find a Better Posture
Shifting around in your chair is not only distracting, it’s also unhealthy. The more uncomfortable you are, the more likely it is you’ll suffer from chronic back pain either now or in the future. Countless workers who have had to transition during the pandemic had little time and few resources to find the best seating option for them.
The best thing to do is to observe your posture first. Your head should be vertical as opposed to slouching at the neck. Your wrists and hands should not be flexing or bending either up or down. This doesn’t mean that you have to be military-straight though. Leaning back slightly in the chair, either using a reclining chair or placing a towel behind the back for an immobile one, is usually considered the best way to go. You might also consider either converting to a standing desk or purchasing one.
Improve the Lighting
Eye strain can have a lot to do with how much information you process throughout the day. The more you have to squint or blink, the more you’ll find yourself avoiding work at all costs. The good news is that eye strain doesn’t typically lead to long-term problems. However, short-term effects can include anything from headaches to blurring.
Scalding, fluorescent lighting is undoubtedly smothering, but dimming the brightness can also interfere with how much you get done. Natural light is always best, but cool white LEDs can be used in its place. If you’re doing a lot of computer work, experts recommend reducing the light by about half that of a standard office (try diffusers for this). If you’re working with mostly printed materials, you may need to brighten it up.
Remove the Ornaments
Bulletin boards and other organizational tools do work for many people, but they can also give you something else to focus on besides your work. If you find yourself constantly rearranging your highlighters or doodling on Post-Its, you might need to scale back to little more than a surface and a screen.
The right dividers can also be helpful for this. The more barriers you have from the knickknacks and decorations in the rest of the home, the more you can turn your office space into something that’s for work only. The more you associate this space with your career, the more primed your brain will be when it’s time to start the day.
The more hours you sit, the worse it is for your body. If you’re usually sedentary throughout the day, try breaking it up by pacing around for five minutes of every hour. You can also have resistance bands, small weights, or even a treadmill to get the blood flowing. As long as you’re not devoting full hours to exercise, the physical break should actually provide you with enough mental stimulation to power through the last few hours.
Improved concentration, more creativity, lower stress: these are all proven benefits of integrating some kind of exercise routine into your office work. As you pull yourself out of the virtual world, you might discover that your outlook improves as well.
Consider Adding Interior Dividing Doors
Separating the work from home space from the rest of the home is key to maintaining optimal productivity. Interior sliding glass doors offer the ability to quickly close off dedicated office space for a quick Zoom meeting while allowing light in and avoiding the feeling of a closed-in space. They can even be automated to close and open with the click of a button – or just by asking Alexa.
Panda offers glass door systems that are beautiful, practical, and reliable. For home office workers who want to maximize productivity, we recommend the following options:
This award-winning door system features a 15/16″ profile and a perfect view of the world beyond your door. This product is right at home in residential spaces. They’re easy to open and close and minimize sound disruptions, all while creating a modern look for your modern home office.
Also referred to as a bi-fold doors or accordion doors, these innovative Folding Doors feature a proprietary top-hung design that allows individual panels to stack or “fold” against one another on either side or both sides of the door frame.
The HSW system is excellent for small spaces, adapting to nearly any room configuration in the home. This option is beautiful and practical, but it is not sound-proof. The HSWs leave a small gap between frames (1/8″), so you may still hear some degree of unwanted noises.
At Panda, we know what it means to have the right working environment. We consider not only your comfort, but also how our products impact your productivity at every stage of planning. If you’re looking to improve your work from home productivity, Download Panda’s Residential Door Buying Guide to learn more or find a local dealer today.
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