May 11, 2021

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Build a home office


bone Of the world have had to work from home for a large part of the year due to the pandemic, and while nearly everyone has returned to the office, a number of people have decided that they want to continue working from home, either full-time or under a more flexible work schedule.

Results of a survey published by the United Nations Development Program Accelerator Lab Malaysia last August showed that most Malaysian employees enjoyed the experience of working from home, with 42% of respondents claiming to have saved time in commuting to and from the office, and 54% reporting a better quality of life.

If you decide that working from home is also what you want to do and are able to make plans to do so, you may be tempted to jump online and start ordering new furniture and office supplies right away. However, you should take a day or two to plan the layout and style of your new workspace.

After all, you might spend a lot of time in that new home office and it should be a comfortable space that you enjoy working in.

Set it up

Most people don’t have a detailed budget for furnishing an entire room, so it might be best to keep things simple and focus only on the basics. You will need a room that has enough space, receives lots of sunlight and is separate from “high traffic areas”, such as the living room or kitchen, especially if you have young children at home.

Use what you have. Try to reuse furniture or other items around the house for your new home office. Just make sure your screen or monitor is at least an arm’s length away, that your chair is comfortable and doesn’t strain your back or shoulders.

Keep things organized. The key to creating a functional home office is adding a lot of storage space. Shelves and cabinets are essential for the files or books you need to have on hand. You should also prepare the bins, drawer dividers, and folders to sort papers and supplies.

Personalize your space. Look around other rooms in your home to see if there are any accessories you can bring into the office to save on when purchasing a new decor. Plus, placing some plants on shelves or tables will add brightness to the room. Succulents are a popular no-maintenance option for offices, although you can’t go wrong with fake flowers without maintenance as well.

Take control of your time. Treat your home office as a real office. Put on a few clothes to help yourself get into the right mindset. Create a separation between work-related and unrelated activities. Whenever possible, make your dedicated workspace free of distractions, leisure activities, and household responsibilities.

To reduce the extra stress on your home office experience, be sure to manage your expectations, especially when it comes to productivity. The hardest part is getting into a “business mindset,” but once you develop it based on a set schedule, it will be easy to maintain.

Develop a hierarchy of business tasks, target the most necessary tasks first and then write down your list. If you are unable to complete all the work, be gentle with yourself, and take a break. Then fix it up later when she’s back around the clock.