By Christy Nelson
Suddenly working from home? In this 5-part series, I’ll share the best practices and strategies for success I’ve learned in the last ten years as a remote worker.
First up: Make a dedicated space!
- Find a space to make your office. Avoid the dining room table, unless you only use it at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Make sure your WiFi service is sufficient for video calls; if not plan to run a LAN cable through your house (that’s what I do).
- Got kids? Try to make a space that allows you to shut the door for your heads-down time or make a secondary space for those moments.
- Watch out for your back. I can’t stress this enough: if you were using an ergonomic chair and now you’re at home, you may notice some back aches. Try different chairs, a pillow on your chair, taking standing breaks, etc.
- Knick knacks & personalization – put a few objects in place to personalize.
- Add some light! Move a floor lamp or set up a table top lamp.
- Be creative. I’ve used the corner of a living room, a wide hallway, a sleeping porch, and a mix of early mornings at the kitchen table/afternoons in a bedroom. I’ve even used an old door and 2 sawhorses as a table (that doorknob hole is a great spot for cable management).
Christy Nelson has 25 years’ experience in IT program and project management, leading globally distributed teams. She has been working from home since 1999 when you needed 2 phone lines to support a dial-up modem and a phone call at the same time. She works for one of the big 5 consulting companies.
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