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The ergonomics of working from home

If you’re a full-time freelancer like me, or someone who works just one day a week out of their home office, this is the blog post for you. That’s because I’m sharing some research I’ve done about the ergonomics of setting up a home workspace and I’m sure that it’ll help you enjoy working from home even more than you already do!

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If you’ve been making do with sitting at the kitchen table to do your work, or balancing your laptop on the arm of the sofa, or (like us bloggers occasionally admit) never even leave your bed, you won’t need me to tell you that it’s not the best way to work. You’ll ready know it yourself thanks to the numb bum, crick-in-the-neck and sore back you get at the end of the working day.

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Why don’t you have problems like this when you’re working at the office? Because most businesses have ergonomically designed desks and chairs, perfectly set up desks and monitors at just the right height. They need to provide a healthy working environment for their workers, and don’t want to have staff absences because a dodgy office chair caused spine problems for their employees.

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So the solution to having a more comfortable working environment at home is to replicate ‘the office’. I know it might seem dull (and you’ve only just got away from that bloomin’ office!) but you’re going to have to set up a proper desk, get a great office chair and stop working on that laptop. This guide below explains the best way to arrange your desk to make it ergonomically correct. And, most importantly, you’re going to have actually USE your newly arranged desk to do your work. No matter how tempting the sofa looks!

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How to create a functional workspace at home

There are lots of reasons why you might need to work from home, but whatever the reason, you will need a functional workspace. It is impossible to study an online course, do your business accounts or even write a blog if you don’t have somewhere quiet to sit and work. And if you’re a student with lots of assignments to write it makes sense to carve out a work space where you can settle down, out of the way of the rest of the family, and study. So if you have just enrolled on a further education course, started a writing your first novel or just launched your business here are some tips to help you create a functional workspace in your home.fun-home-study-office-design-inspiration

A fun home office makes you want to work there!

Bedroom study

Bedrooms make useful studies because they are out of the way and you can shut the door on the rest of your family. And likewise you can close the door on your work at the end of the day to really give yourself a chance to rest and relax. A guest bedroom is a better choice than the main bedroom, as it is never a good idea to sleep and work in the same space! If you do study in your bedroom, it can make it hard to switch off when it is time for sleep, and vice versa.small-tiny-home-office-under-stairs

Use any available space for your home office

Study under the stairs

The space under the stairs is often under-utilized. If the space under your stairs is open, why not install a desk and turn it into a small study area? All you need are some shelves for books, a light, and a power outlet so you can plug your computer in. And if you want to be able to forget about your work for the evening, you could even fit double doors to the alcove to allow you to close it away. Continue reading “How to create a functional workspace at home” »


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Operation organise! The never-ending battle to keep my desk tidy

Whether you’re working in an office environment or you’ve got your own personal space at home, keeping your work area neat can sometimes be a tricky task. I know I struggle to keep that stack of paperwork under control! Throw in numerous cups of tea and lunch at my desk and things are starting to look pretty messy by the end of the day. As the saying goes, a tidy desk makes for a tidy mind, so if you’re keen to organise your workstation, you could take the following suggestions into consideration.coffee table styling for work tea and romantic evening-6Invest in savvy storage solutions

Unless you have access to suitable storage, it’s likely you’re going to struggle when it comes to keeping your workstation and office organised. From cupboards and filing cabinets to drawers and shelving, there are a whole host of convenient and useful furnishings that can bring order to your work area. To keep your immediate workstation tidy, you could invest in an office desk with inbuilt drawers or you could position a mobile pedestal underneath. It made a real difference to me when I made a desk out of a chest of drawers (see my desk DIY project) because I suddenly had somewhere to stash away everything that was making the top of my desk untidy. Having storage solutions like this within such close proximity to your workspace should make it easier for you to maintain an orderly and clear working environment.

Ditch the paper and go digital

If you find that your desk is often covered in piles of paperwork, or your shelves are looking rather precarious with massive box-files balanced on them, you could benefit from going digital. Instead of having physical copies of your documentation, you could choose to scan and store them on your computer. There are a wide variety of software and hardware options available which allow you to store files where you can access them easily; I invested in personal ‘cloud’ storage so all my files are on a hard-drive on the shelf and I can access them via wifi from any device. Ditching the paper to digitise is not only a good way to save space and reduce cluttering, but it’s great for the environment too.coffee table styling for work tea and romantic evening-8Create an effective filing system
While digitising your paperwork is an easy way to rid your workspace of unnecessary clutter, you’re likely to have some important documentation that you simply need to keep. For paper-based items that you can’t be without, you could create an effective filing system. Whether you choose to use a filing cabinet or a hard-backed folder, keeping them labelled is the key to having well-organised paperwork. Alphabetising or ordering your paperwork by importance could make it easier for you to refer to a particular piece of documentation quickly and easily.

Schedule tidying time into your routine
So that your office looks smart and neat at all times, you might benefit from scheduling some tidying time into your daily routine. When was the last time I cleaned my keyboard? I literally can’t remember, which is pretty gross. I’m going to finish writing this post and then clean it straight away! From wiping down your desk to organising your drawers, making the effort to clean, tidy and declutter every day will help you maintain a well-kept workspace. You could try doing this at the end of the day so you can enjoy a clear office every morning and start work with a fresh mind.coffee table styling for work tea and romantic evening-9Taking some of these tips on board could help you create and maintain a tidy and organised working environment. What do you think of these ideas? What do you do to keep yourself tidy and organised at work? I’d love to hear your tips so please leave me a comment below, and if you’ve found this post useful please share it with your friends by using the sharing buttons below or by pinning one of my photos onto your Pinterest boards. Thanks!


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Self-Employed? Here’s some cheeky & inspiring words

I’ve recently come across a bit of advice that I found both cheeky and inspiring! Working for yourself is a massive challenge and quite often we don’t give ourselves enough credit for what we do, and the effort involved in working alone and motivating yourself.

Have a read and bolster yourself up a bit – you work hard, you deserve it!

You run a growing company. You have courage. You have strength. You have faith, and hope, and optimism.

  • You act, even when it’s scary as hell. You make impossible decisions. You stick your neck out.
  • You help people. You make their lives better. You teach them, or lead them, or make them laugh, or bring them joy.
  • Even when the odds are stacked against you, you keep a positive spirit. People don’t take your calls, don’t answer your emails, don’t follow you back on Twitter and you keep going. You screw up your launch and you keep going. People send you nasty emails and you keep going.
  • Everybody wants something from you. Nobody wants anything from you.
  • You haven’t got a peaceful night’s sleep in years.
  • You don’t remember the last time you felt confident.
  • You’ve forgotten what it feels like to feel secure. Safe?
  • Your wife says she supports you but you know she thinks you’re a screwup.
  • Your husband says he supports you but still expects you to be around at 3 for the school run
  • Your mother says she supports you but sends you Help Wanted ads for retail jobs.

And still, you keep going.

THAT is something to be proud of!

(Oh, and one more thing? You know who else works out of his home office? THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.)

See more here: http://ittybiz.com/why-your-loved-ones-want-you-to-fail/

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