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The crazy events of 2020 have forced us to do a lot of things differently. One of those things is the way we work. For many people the daily commute to and from work has been replaced with working at home.
While that may sound like every person’s dream job, there are a few points to consider when you’re setting up your home office.
Obviously getting a laptop will be on the top of your list. Fortunately, you don’t have to run out to the shops and spend money that you may not have budgeted for. With reputable rental companies in every town, you now have the option to rent laptop or any other technical equipment you may need.
5 Tricks to Setting up a Work Station When Working From Home
Once you have rented your laptop, you’re ready to log in and start working. There are however a few tips to make the process a little easier.
Set up a Designated Space
Setting up a specific space for your work area will go a long way to ensuring your equipment and documents are in a safe place & stay together. Remember to set yourself up as close to an electric outlet as possible. Run cables and wires as out of the way as possible.
Ensure Sufficient Airflow to Your Laptop
Trying to find the perfect, quiet spot to get some work done can be challenging in some households. You might find yourself moving around searching for the most comfortable spot. Wherever you decide to sit, it’s crucial that the surface you choose allows proper ventilation for your laptop. And think twice about working in bed because spending too much time on a blanket could cause your laptop to overheat.
Invest in a Bluetooth Mouse
If you’re going to work in different parts of your house, it’s wise to get a Bluetooth mouse. The more you can minimise cabling, cords and wires the better. The less cable you need to carry around or plug in, the less frustration you’ll experience.
Secure Your Wireless Network
Bearing in mind that you’re working on private company work, it’s important to make sure connections to networks are secured. You may need to invest in proper security software.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
It can be very difficult to focus on the work that needs to be done when you have dogs barking, kids screaming or construction in the street. Invest in a pair of headphones. You can get normal ear phones and listen to music that will clear your mind and help you focus, or get a pair of noise cancelling ear phones that don’t require music to block out noise.
Setting up your home office can be exciting. Set up the space with everything you will most likely need and adapt as you go along. Ensure you’re comfortable enough to get work done and wherever possible, keep pets and children out of the space to avoid accidents. Before you know it, you’ll soon forget you had a different office.