There are many things that you can do to optimise your working from home environment. However in reality, there may not be a perfect situation to begin with.
In which case, the important thing is that you adapt positively and work towards an optimum situation with your specific requirements in mind.
For example, when I first began working from home full-time I had a far from perfect working environment.
It was a small and very old house that we were renovating. In the summer months it was extremely hot, as we had no air-conditioning, and the exposed beams meant that we had no roof and ceiling insulation. Also, our youngest child was a pre-school toddler.
The result was that my working environment meant using a room that we combined as a living room, bedroom and home-office. The house was infested with wildlife that had been disrupted by our renovations and on one occasion I had a deadly spider crawl up my leg while I was busy working.
On another occasion, the heat was such that a thick candle melted before my eyes through the course of a particularly hot working day.
The situation could not easily be improved upon in the short-term and so I had to adapt and work towards an improved longer-term solution with my new understanding of the importance of needing a workspace that was conducive to full-time home based working.
I had fans on myself and on my laptop for 8 hours a day. I wore a pilot headset to block-out the noise of ‘Bob the Builder’ on the TV, and I kept a weathered eye out for various forms of wildlife.
When that house was renovated we sold it and looked for a new home with a clear specification of a home-office that was high on the priority list.
We then bought our next home that had a room that was perfect as a home-office, and I worked there happily for many years.
From ‘How to work from home better’, by Aarron Dann Copyright © 2020