How to Overcome a Work-From-Home Slump

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Bouncing Back from a Motivational Slump When Working Remotely

We used to consider working from home a luxury more than a necessity, but these days it is the other way around. It is the way many businesses have managed to keep moving despite the restrictions that we’ve experienced since a pandemic hit the world.

Everyone has gone through a “funk” at some point in their work-life, and it seems like something ordinary when you’re working in an office at least five days a week. But when you’re working from home —something considered a privilege— getting into a motivational slump may be regarded as what many would call a “first world problem.” Well, that doesn’t make it any less real.

Even when working from home, when you have all the tools, a beautiful office, a great team, and everything you need to work remotely, there may be a point where you feel exhausted, unmotivated, unproductive, lonely, ready to give up. It’s normal, and it’s real, and that’s ok, especially considering that our current situation is overwhelming.

Motivational slumps can be quite frustrating. Even if you’re always telling yourself to “snap out of it,” it may take some time.  You will likely feel a lack of creativity, unable to focus, physically tired, and maybe even emotionally unstable. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help yourself slowly get back on track. Here are a few ideas.

Prepare for Work as If You Were Heading Out

Wearing your PJs all day doesn’t do much for your motivation. Prepare for the day the same way you would if you had to go to the office. Wake up early, squeeze in a workout or meditation session, take a shower, dress up comfortably, and have breakfast before you sit at your desk. By the time you start your computer, you will have completed so many tasks. That will help you begin your workday feeling accomplished. Feel free to share this routine with your team to help boost their motivation. They might be going through the same thing as you.

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Communicate with Your Team

You may have a very skilled and independent team that doesn’t need much supervision to get things done. However, it’s a good practice to stay in touch. Especially if you recently started working remotely. Have a daily call with them to see how things are going and how everyone is doing. Some days it may take five minutes if there is not much to discuss; some others it might take you thirty minutes to cover everything. Doing this will help your team feel engaged while helping you feel more in control and minimize stress.

Don’t Give into It

The lack of motivation will make you feel like you don’t want to move. But giving in to apathy will only generate more of it. Even if you’re not feeling like doing much, push yourself to get something done. You can start small and motivate yourself to finish that email that has been a draft since this morning. Call that client you promised you would call this week. Finish that report you’ve been postponing for days. Once you can scratch those little things of your to-do list, you’ll likely feel motivated to do more.

Get Connected

A lot of that feeling of loneliness may come from a lack of interaction with others. Even if you’re working from home and cannot see your friends or family because of the current restrictions, you can still interact with them. It is normal to feel like you want to be alone and stay away from people; however, indulging in that behavior will only make you feel lonelier.

Set up recurring dates with your friends and family via video conference. You can get together for a happy hour, to play games, watch a movie or to talk. It is crucial to stay connected and have something to look forward to, other than work.

Why Millennials Are a Great Asset to the Remote Work Revolution

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How Millennials Contribute to the Remote Workforce 

The workforce has changed a lot in the last decades. It is very different from what baby boomers and older generations experienced when they first became workers. Millennials are a very different generation. “Different” might take a little getting used to for those from other generations, but embracing those differences is critical because they bring a lot to the table, and employers can benefit from having them on their teams. 

Millennials Have Promoted Remote Work

Would remote work be a reality today if millennials did not exist? We can’t know that for sure, but they have certainly contributed to it becoming a reality.

Back in the day, things were more customer-centric, and what made employers more attractive was their ability to provide excellent compensation packages and better job titles. Today’s employees are more focused on things like career development and work-life balance, which is why remote work has become an essential element when considering a job offer. In response to this new market need, businesses have slowly adopted more employee-centric strategies that allow them to be more competitive. That is one of the ways that millennials have impacted today’s workforce.

Millennials Are Tech-Savvy

Millennials are a generation that grew up on technology and are highly tech-influenced. They are also driven and solution-focused because they grew up in a fast-paced world, so they innately look for ways they can infuse that into their processes. This combination of factors makes this generation one that is continually looking for efficiencies —or ways to make things easier and quicker while saving money.

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Millennials Promote Personal and Professional Balance

We live in a culture that, for years, has been used to taking work home and working long hours. These practices tend to make work, the center of our lives and don’t leave much room for family and personal life. 

Compared to European countries such as Switzerland, the US has a lot of work to do in terms of work-life balance. However, millennials are advocates for remote work because it allows for better work-life balance. It pushes companies to embrace this work method and work towards establishing that culture and providing their teams with the tools they need to make remote work part of their everyday lives. Not only is this beneficial for employees, but employers can also see the positive impact of implementing these practices. 

Millennials Bring Innate Emotional Intelligence

Millennials are also highly emotionally intelligent individuals, which has encouraged businesses to spread those skills amongst the rest of their teams, helping them decrease stress, improve communication, and boost productivity.

Preparing for a Successful Virtual Meeting

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Virtual Meeting Etiquette: What You Need to Know

These days, virtual meetings are the primary way to communicate and stay in touch, in personal and professional environments. As remote work has allowed many businesses to continue to operate, virtual meetings have become essential.

If online meetings were not part of your day-to-day before the Covid-19 pandemic, it might have taken a little time to get used to them, but by now, you have probably embraced them. For virtual meetings to be as productive as expected, there is a particular protocol or etiquette that you should follow. Here are some tips:

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Choose a Good Meeting Spot

Before you join a virtual meeting, be aware of your surroundings, and pick a spot that allows you and others on the call to focus. Is the background too distracting for others to see? Is there a lot of noise around that can distract you from the meeting? If you have a home office in a separate room, you have nothing to worry about, but if not, take a few minutes before the call to find a suitable spot.

Dress the Part

When you work from home, spending all day in your PJs sounds like a tempting idea, but it’s not exactly the best attire for a meeting. There is no need for any fancy outfits. Just make sure you’re presentable. A clean shirt and a fresh face will suffice.  

Use Your Webcam

There is a variety of video conferencing tools out there that will make your life easier. Ideally, virtual meetings should video conference meetings, especially when you are catching up with your team. It helps teammates feel connected and improves engagement during the session.

Announce Yourself

Would you walk into a meeting and sit at the table without saying a word? Probably not. Doing that in virtual meetings would be very awkward too. As soon as you dial in, take a second to let everyone you’re there. If you join a little late, just try not to interrupt anyone.

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Go on Mute When You’re Not Speaking

It should probably be at the top of the list of priorities for virtual meetings. Leaving your mic open will cause echo on the call, and there is nothing more frustrating than that. Plus, many other background sounds can interrupt the call and distract everyone on it. Mute your mic before joining the meeting to avoid that.

Be Present

It’s not uncommon to have to multitask while on a conference call. However, it is best to leave other activities for another team and focus while on the call. You don’t want to get caught off-guard when someone asks you a question.  When your webcam is on, remain seated and be mindful of your body language.

Casual meetings can be more relaxed, but for formal meetings, it is best to follow these tips as carefully as possible. It will help you look more professional and well-prepared.

Best Practices for a Healthy Work-from-Home Routine

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Healthy Habits to Develop When You Work Remotely

Working in an office is the norm for most people. There is no mystery to it unless it’s your first job. The routine is rather simple. You wake up early, get ready for work, commute to work, join meetings, talk to your colleagues, take a few breaks, send emails, meet with clients, and eventually go back home. Your routine can change depending on your position and responsibilities, but in general, it looks a lot like that.

When you start working from home, you realize the routine you had at the office is not transferable. At home, things are different, and while remote work does have lots of benefits, it also has challenges. It’s just another thing that might take a little time to become the norm.

There is no generic formula that works for everyone when it comes to working remotely. You have to find what works for you. However, there are some best practices you can follow to ensure you develop a healthy work-from-home routine, other than the basics, like defining a schedule and planning your day.

Good Meeting Etiquette

Body language is an essential element during meetings in person. You can read the room and see if you need to change the tone to keep people engaged or if you need to stop and address questions before moving on to the next topic. Virtual meetings are a little trickier because it’s not easy to tell when others have lost interest, especially if it’s just voice conference calls.

Video conferencing is the best way to ensure your meetings are productive, but it also helps people feel more connected. Share your meeting agenda before the call to help you stay on track with everything that needs discussing during the scheduled time. At the end of the meeting, be sure to send out notes with action items and follow-ups, so that everyone is on the same page.

Build Accountability

Holding yourself accountable is critical for a successful working from home routine. Otherwise, it can be effortless to fill your day with home chores and other non-work-related tasks, leaving you with a lot of work pending at the end of the day.

Keep your daily to-do list handy. Many remote work tools can help you manage your projects and tasks and boost your productivity. You can keep all jobs —yours and your team’s— in a shared dashboard or folder to help you build accountability. Have a daily status call to ensure things stay on track.

Hold Postmortem Meetings on Big Projects

There are always many things to learn from every finished project. What can you do better the next time? What should you avoid? Meeting with your team to discuss their learnings and yours will help keep everyone engaged, improve communication, and document those practices that are working and those that aren’t so that you can have a better plan for future projects.

Take Breaks

There may be days when you can’t seem to catch a break, but working non-stop as a regular practice is not healthy. Be sure to take breaks throughout the day. You might think they will slow you down, but in fact, they will help you be more productive. Breaking away from work every hour for a few minutes is an excellent way for your brain to reset and continue to work at its full capacity.

Schedule time to spend with your family or just with yourself. Treat that time the same way you would treat a meeting with a client. Work should take part in your day, not your entire day, especially when you’re at home.

Keep Healthy Eating Habits

Healthy eating habits are critical when working remotely. The right foods will fuel your body to help you get through the workday, improve your ability to focus, and help you feel happy and healthy.


The importance of stretching is something that is usually overlooked by remote workers. Sitting in the same position throughout the day can impact your posture and even affect your ability to focus. Take advantage of your breaks to move your body, do some light stretches, or a little desk yoga. Staying active is recommended for your physical and mental health in general terms, but primarily when you work from home.

How Parents Can Make Remote Work, Work

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3 Practical Tips for Parents Who Work from Home

Working from home full-time is entirely new territory for many. The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly changed our lives, and we’re all trying to get used to it. While working remotely, has a lot of benefits, some may struggle with it —particularly parents.

Since schools were closed and kids must stay home too, trying to be productive at work while you take care of your kids and give them the attention they need can be complicated. It can be a little easier when you have older kids who can take care of themselves, but with small children, it is trickier.

Being a parent trying to juggle remote work and taking care of your kids can be a challenge. Here are some tips that can help you successfully get through this complicated time.

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Plan Your Day the Night Before

A little planning goes a long way, especially when there are so many things going on. Divide your workday in a way that won’t make you feel like you’re leaving something out. Plan for deep work and shallow work time throughout the day. Schedule those activities that require more focus during your deep work time and be strict about avoiding distractions.

Plan the more straightforward tasks that don’t require so much attention during the shallow work time. It makes room for you to give your kids more attention when they need it while you read emails, clean your inbox, schedule calls, etc. For example, if after lunch, things get a little crazy, and your children demand more attention, that would be a good time for shallow work.

Define and Follow a Morning Routine

Mornings in most households are hectic, whether you go to work at the office or stay home. Add kids to the equation, and it can be chaotic. Consistently following a morning routine can ease things up a lot, as it helps train your brain on what to expect and how to react. Wake up at the same time every day so that you can get yourself and the little ones ready —take a shower, eat breakfast, brush your teeth— for the day ahead.

Designate a Space for Work

Having a space for work, you can call your own, is essential for productivity. It doesn’t have to be a big home office; there are many ways you can create a dedicated workspace at home. All you need is your work equipment and good lighting.

Communicate with Your Family and Team

Boundaries are necessary, so don’t feel guilty when you set them. If you have grade-schoolers at home, help them understand which hours of the day are your “deep focus hours” so you can limit interruptions as much as possible during that time. Talk with your spouse and define an arrangement that works for both of you. Maybe your deep work hours can be in the morning while your spouse leaves high-focus tasks for the afternoon.

Talk to your team and your colleagues, so they are aware of your situation at home. It will help them be understanding and minimize your stress levels as you come to terms with the fact that there are things you cannot control, and that’s fine. You’re doing the best you can, and that’s what matters.

Make Time for Quality Time and Rest

Avoid working more than you would at the office. Define a healthy work schedule that works for you but leaves time to spend with your family —play games or watch a movie— as well as time for self-care.

Remote Work Tools That Will Help Your Team Stay Connected

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Remote Collaboration Is Easy Thanks to Tools Like These

There are many things involved in making the remote work model work. Having the right tools to ensure collaboration happens smoothly and successfully is critical. Many of the applications we may consider helpful for a remote setting are just as practical in a regular in-office setting.

Whether you and your team have been working remotely for a while now or are just starting to experiment with this work model, there are many tools you can use, which will make collaboration smooth. Some of the apps on the list are offering discounts and free plan options to help businesses get through the Covid-19 pandemic.



It is a team communication platform that is useable from the desktop app, the mobile app, or the browser of your choice. Slack makes communication easy by allowing the user to create channels for different departments, teams, or projects and enabling channel members to have virtual group meetings. It integrates with other apps like Google Drive and Google Calendar.

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Zoom offers a chat feature that helps you stay in touch with your team and even external participants with enterprise chat. It also allows you to create channels with different groups. Zoom’s recent increase in popularity is due to its video conferencing feature, which has allowed millions of people to stay connected during this pandemic. Beyond that, this is a very robust tool that offers a lot of other features like their phone system, video webinar, and collaboration-enabled conference rooms.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts offers messaging, video conferencing (a.k.a Google Meet), and voice calls; it is an excellent option for those who use most of what G Suite has to offer, like Google Calendar and Gmail. If you schedule a call with your team or someone else, you will see it in your Google calendar, and you will also get a reminder via Gmail. Everything is connected, so you have less to worry about.


Most people have used Skype before. It’s a straightforward tool to use. It allows you to host virtual meetings with small groups and offers individual and group chat features on its free version. The paid version will let you organize meetings with larger groups and even make international voice calls.

Project Management


Redbooth is a project management tool that helps you manage many tasks at the same time, thanks to their flexible software. It offers pre-built templates so you can start new projects in no time. Redbooth makes team communication easy, helping you get things done efficiently.



Podio is a cross between a project manager and Facebook. It helps you keep track of your tasks, and you can chat with your team while you’re at it. On both mobile and desktop, you can create “workspaces” for different projects, which look a lot like a Facebook page where people can share information and comment.


Trello helps you keep track of all tasks in a project in a simple way. You can create a dashboard for each project, and within the dashboard, you can create “cards” for each task, which can be color-coded to help you categorize them. You assign cards to different members of the team, and you can see the progress of each card in the Activity Area.


It is also a great project management tool. With Asana, you can create tasks, delegate them, and keep your conversations organized because you can chat within each task. It lets you create to-do lists, dashboards, and has a calendar feature.

File Sharing

Google Drive

Google Drive is a very easy-to-use cloud storage service that keeps all the work you do on documents, presentations, and spreadsheets in one place. You can also upload anything else you want to your drive folders, and you can share things with whoever you wish to just by sharing a direct link to the item.


Dropbox is another cloud storage service that allows you to back up your local folders in the cloud easily. You can also upload photos and any other documents you want. The free plan has limited storage capacity, but that can be solvable by upgrading to a paid plan.

Common Remote Working Challenges and How to Beat Them

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What to Watch Out For When Working Remotely

Working from home has become a more common practice due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and remote workers are getting familiarized with the benefits of this work method. However, they are also experiencing the challenges that come with it.

Here are some of the most common pitfalls of working remotely and how to avoid them:

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Lack of Structure and Boundaries

It’s easy to become a  victim of distractions if you don’t have a strong structure when working from home. Following a consistent work schedule will help you define a work structure that enables you to be more productive, and keeping with the plan will help you set boundaries. Communicate your schedule to other members of your household, so they will know when you’re available and when you’re not.

Blocking time in your calendar to take care of each of the tasks on your daily to-do list is an excellent way for you to organize your time better and feel accountable. Managing your distractions will also significantly contribute to your productivity. If you spend a lot of time on your phone or use social media a lot, keep your phone in a different room and keep it silent. Schedule time to use your phone in a more controlled manner during work hours.  

Technology Issues

When working from home, you’re your own IT person —for the most part. Even if you have a designated IT resource, many of your tech issues will have to be resolved by you. Use tools that will help you make remote collaboration easier, and learn the basics of how to reboot your router, clean your cache, etc.

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It’s normal for remote workers to feel like they can’t detach from work. That is a way to overcompensate for the lack of physical interaction.

If you’re always working overtime, you are likely to experience burnout and all its effects on your performance. You might think you’re very productive by appearing busy all the time, but at some point, that will no longer be true. At the end of the workday, you need to unplug. This practice is essential for your brain to relax and recharge, help improve productivity, and boost creativity. Plus, you also need to spend time with your family or just on your own. You know, work-life balance.

Neglecting Health

Even if you’re working from home, you’ll need to continue implementing practices in your daily life that promote good health. Think of things like eating well-balanced, quality foods, getting enough sleep, making time for yourself, exercising, stretching your legs throughout the day. Cutting these activities out of your routine can negatively impact your wellbeing and even your performance.

Time Management Tips for Remote Workers

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How to Maximize Your Productivity When Working from Home

One of the most common struggles in everyday work life is time management. It’s a struggle under normal circumstances, and the issue may exacerbate during extraordinary ones, like everything we’re currently living.

Working from home can make you more productive because it allows you to take ownership of your time and accommodate it to your needs. However, with everything that is going on in the world these days, it is easy to get side-tracked, loose control over how you are spending time, and suddenly find yourself in a chaotic situation.

Despite its many benefits, remote work during times like these has implications we are all learning to deal with. Here are some time management tips for a successful work-from-home experience.

Imagine You’re Going to the Office

It’s a natural temptation to spend the day at home working in your PJs. However, sticking to a routine is better for productivity. Plan your day as if you had to go to the office. Set your alarm, wake up with plenty of time to take a shower, get ready, and have an excellent breakfast before you start working. Having a clear routine signals your brain and lets it know it’s time to work, helping you get into a productive state. Oh. And don’t skip your lunch break.

Plan Your Day with a To-Do List

Before you jump into things, take a moment to put together a list of your to-dos for the day. It will help you organize your day better and keep you from losing sight of essential tasks.

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Learn to Set Boundaries

Part of the success of working from home is learning how to set boundaries for yourself, your teammates, and everyone living in your household. First, find a designated workspace at home, define your work hours, and communicate them to your house members.

Talk to your team members to define what hours work best for meetings and what hours should be reserved to focus on getting work done. It will help avoid wasting valuable time on unplanned calls or other non-essential activities.

Take Charge of Your Calendar

Leaving your calendar wide open makes it easy for others to block your time whenever it’s convenient for them. Block time on your calendar for your daily tasks and honor it the same way you would treat a meeting with a client. It will give you a better structure to spend your time wisely every day.

Don’t Add to the Noise

Let’s be frank. Not every meeting needs to be meeting. At some point, everyone has been in endless meetings that could quickly be taken care of through email. Yes, teams need to meet, but there needs to be a balance because that time is likely to be better spent getting actual work done. Everyone is busy, so it’s best to work with your team to get a real feel of how often you should meet to stay connected and engaged without interrupting important tasks or getting in the way of deliverables.

Make Room for Breaks

You might think that breaks take time away from work but, not taking breaks can take a hit on your productivity. Did you know that your focus time decreases after 2 hours of working non-stop? Take advantage of those minutes of free time between meetings to take a breather and avoid trying to slip in more work. Schedule 15-minute breaks every 45 minutes of work to get up and stretch, get some water, or eat a quick snack if you need to recharge.  

Cybersecurity Tips for Remote Workers


Work-from-Home Cybersecurity Tips for Your Remote Teams

Despite Covid-19, many businesses have been able to stay afloat as they embraced remote work; however, even with everything that’s going on in the world today, cybercriminals are still looking for ways to cause damage. Securing the technology of remote workers should be a top priority for any business owner.

Provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training

Setting clear expectations regarding cybersecurity—behavior and equipment-wise— should be the first thing to do. Talk to your team about cybersecurity best practices and guidance on what they should be doing if they ever fall victim to a cyber-attack or think they could be vulnerable to one. Clear communication protocols and crisis management is essential to keep your company’s information secure.

Don’t Neglect the Importance of an IT Personnel

Every business should have dedicated IT resources to support cybersecurity. You can have internal resources or outsource this service, but it is a necessity. If a security incident occurs, you will need professional assistance to help minimize the impact and restore your operation as quickly as possible.

Equip Your Team with the Tools They Need to Work Securely

There’s a wide array of things employees need to have to execute their tasks from home properly. Businesses that can afford it should provide their employees with company-issued laptops that are managed by the company. This way, you can prevent risks like using outdated software or hardware, using unencrypted devices, or installing potentially harmful software.

Also, tools like encrypted password managers and two-factor authentication systems help prevent undesired individuals from having access to your information.

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Protect Sensitive Information

Give access to systems and information role-based to ensure people get the right level of access, depending on the needs of their role. Doing this helps ensure that specific individuals only manipulate sensitive data. Be sure that all sensitive information shared via email or other file transfer methods is encrypted. Avoid storing confidential information in free cloud storage services and choose encrypted cloud storage tools instead.

Beware of Phishing Attacks

Remind your remote teams to be alert to potential phishing attacks. They should be vigilant of emails that come from a dubious source, have typos in the body of the email, links to suspicious websites, and should never share their company credentials or system passwords via email, or ever.

Consider Setting Up a VPN

If you prefer to keep your systems on a more secure network, you might want to set up a VPN. A virtual private network is to use for remote access. It allows users to connect to company systems through a secure and encrypted network, rather than through a regular one that is more prone to attacks.

Work from the comfort of your home while keeping your information secure. Regardless of your experience on this topic, implementing these practices will help you protect your business and your most valuable asset: your data.

How to Prepare Your Home Office Workspace

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Creating a Workspace That Works for You

Although sitting on the couch with your computer on your lap may be comfortable enough sometimes, an actual, dedicated workspace is one of the essential things anyone who works from home needs.

Whether you are a business owner running your operation from home or an employee embracing the remote work lifestyle, having a space for work that you can call your own will help in many ways. A proper workspace can help you become more productive, creative, and organized than tumbling around the house looking from a comfy spot to sit and “get a few things done.”

Here are some tips for setting up a workspace that works for you:

Identify Your Needs

The type of work you do will dictate what you need your home office or workspace to be. If your computer is all you need for work, a small desk should do the trick. A designer or other artist might need a larger table, or if you manage a lot of physical documentation, you might need file cabinets. Also, if applicable, consider your employer’s work-from-home policy to understand their expectations as far as your at-home workspace.

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Find the Right Spot

“The right spot” is not just the location in your home. It also has to do with other things, such as lighting. Choosing a spot in your home that has plenty of natural light is ideal. Not only will it provide the perfect type of lighting for work, but natural light is also incredibly necessary for physical and mental well-being.  When dark, stay away from warm light as it promotes relaxation. Go for cold light instead, which helps you stay alert and increase productivity.

Separate from Distracting Gadgets

Granted that being at home, you will have to deal with some inevitable distractions. However, gadgets like tablets and smartphones can be more distracting than anything else. If possible, use a work-dedicated cell phone and store any personal device away from your work area, along with your tablets and other gadgets that could be potential distractors.

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“No space,” No Problem

It may sound crazy, but you don’t need a separate room in the house you can call your home office to have a dedicated workspace. You can fit a small desk in a wide hallway, which is not only functional but will also add a nice touch to that area of your home. Other areas like the dining room, basement, attic, or garage can be great spots to set up your workspace. Even a guest bedroom could work.

If you still feel like you don’t have enough space for a desk, wall-mounted or corner desks are significant options that can help you make good use of otherwise dead space in your home.

Set Up an Ergonomically Friendly Space

There is no point in having the most helpful home office in the world if you’re continually having headaches or experiencing back pain because your set up is not ergonomically friendly. Ergonomics is an essential element to keep in mind when setting up your home office or workspace to ensure your productivity doesn’t take a hit and can stay injury-free.

Home Office Ergonomics
  • Watch your head and neck: your head, neck, shoulders, and back should all be vertically aligned. Using a laptop stand or having and additional monitor that is taller will help keep the screen at eye level and prevent neck and back pain.
  • Keep your hands and wrists in a neutral position: for this to happen, you might need to adjust your workspace by adding a higher chair or using an ergonomic keyboard and mouse.
  • Ensure your lower back is supported: slightly leaning back into your chair will provide excellent lower back support. Consider using a back support or a cushion if needed.