Creating a workspace environment at home
Creating a workspace environment to support your holistic wellbeing can energise your engagement, productivity and satisfaction. At work, we focus, collaborate, rejuvenate, socialise and learn throughout the day. Great workspaces are designed to be an interconnected ecosystem of collaboration and community zones, where people have choice over where and how they work.
So, how do we transfer this to the home environment?
Office reboot- your home environment
Select which areas in your home relate best to the tasks and activities you will do in that space. These spaces may need to be shared with others also working from home so space, equipment, sound and privacy need consideration. Earphones can come in handy!
Fuel creative ideas, get active!
Most of us usually spend a few hours away from our assigned workspace in meetings and co-working. Active collaboration, such as meetings as you roam the house with your phone connection, enhances physical, mental and emotional engagement. Shifting to standing work areas such as at a high kitchen and even a laundry bench for at least a half hour several times a day can be an energising factor. Ideally the monitor height is at eye level and the keyboard and mouse raised.
Be clever with your workspace. For example, the fridge is an ideal substitute for a white board ideas space. Mixing rooms, postures and moving light furniture for different tasks throughout the day also keeps us alert and focused.
Now that you are set up, it is important to stretch and move throughout the day. Pick several stretches each half hour which will take about a minute, holding each stretch gently for about 5 seconds.
They could include:
It’s a good idea to move larger muscle groups every two hours, so a short break such as walking to the front gate or up and down a single flight of steps is great for mental and physical wellbeing.
Social places which were used for coffee, conversations and meal breaks can be substituted by connecting on social media with your team and friends. Group chats and exercise such as walking, yoga, dancing or games keep communication channels open and sharing working experiences helps adjust to the new environment.
Take your brain to the gym
Without the need to travel to work, we have more recreation time. Set time aside to give the screen a break, connect, do some sodoku, puzzles or upskill by completing those long awaited short online courses you’ve had on the to-do list! Flex your creative muscles on a daily basis. Check out some online exercise classes and think of ways to increase your cardio fitness such as by walking, jogging, skipping and steps.
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