If you did a Google image search for ‘working from home’ the results would show pictures of people with their laptops who are lying on the floor, on the sofa, in bed, in the garden, on the beach, perhaps with a happy baby on their lap and countless other completely unpractical positions and locations in which to spend 8 hours a day.
We look at these images and we understand that they are just models who are in those poses to inspire a positive idea of working from home that is harmonious with a great lifestyle.
What they don’t show is how that beautiful model looks after 8 hours of lying on the cold floor, on her belly, working on her laptop. They don’t show exactly how much work that handsome dad got done while he was balancing the baby on his lap while working on his laptop.
Sure we’re intelligent enough to not take these images as ‘fact’ but they do demonstrate a collective idea that working from home is transient, that it is over pretty quickly and it is something that we simply juggle with our home life.
The time duration is one aspect that we need to redefine in working from home effectively. You will be doing this for a significant amount of time, some for up to 40 hours per week and more. So one of your basic requirements is to make sure that you are physically comfortable.
You will need a chair and a desk that are suitable for your needs. This may sound obvious but so often people adapt by repurposing a table to use as their desk and sit on anything that they can find around the house.
Remember, this is not ‘home’ this is ‘work’. If you went in to the office and they gave you an old kitchen table and a stool to sit on for 8 hours a day, then I’m sure you’d be a little unhappy about it.
You’d be even less happy when they dumped the washing basket and the kid’s toys on your desk too.
Yet when we set up an office at home, we often make the same mistakes with our furniture as we do with our attitude; we adapt our ‘home’ to fit in the ‘work’.
This room and this furniture is not ‘home’ – it is ‘work.’
From ‘How to work from home better’, by Aarron Dann Copyright © 2020