Many of us are now used to working from home. Remote working came unexpectedly, but it has become part of our routine.
Therefore, our new ‘office’ has to be comfortable, welcoming and designed to help us focus, be productive and efficient.
Here are some tips on how to adapt your home for remote working. If you haven’t tried it yet, go for it. You will notice the change and it will be good for your body and mind. Because living the good life often involves having the right chair. 😉
A place without distractions
Checking the fridge every ten minutes, your neighbors’ laughter, folding the laundry in your pile… There are many distractions that can affect your efficiency when working from home. 👩💻
Avoiding them is easy. Choose a space in your home and turn it into your office. It should be a quiet or soundproofed space, as calm and simple as possible (too many decorations can be distracting!).
Simple, minimalist lines are great because they create a clean, uncluttered space where you can focus and be creative. And of course, make sure that there’s a good Internet connection.
Air and light
When it comes to adapting your home for remote working, two essential elements to feel comfortable in your workspace at home.
Natural light is great not just to avoid damage to your eyesight, but also to get you in the right frame of mind to perform at your best at work. ☀
Sunlight cheers you up, helps your ability to think and be alert, provides you with vitamins and energy… If you set up your home office in a sunny corner, you’ll start working every day much differently. Try to position yourself near a window or glass door. This is one of the home trends that Covid-19 has brought with it.
And, needless to say, working in a well ventilated space certainly makes a difference. Renewing the air from time to time for extra freshness is good for you. The more fortunate ones can step out to a balcony or terrace every now and then to rest their eyes and minds. 🌬
And if you have views of the sea or green, natural areas, then working from home is a real luxury! Our exclusive developments could very well be the best offices in the world. 🌅
Watch your posture
This is important for those of you who work long hours sitting in front of a computer, whether you work from home or still go to the office.
If you’re at home, don’t use the first chair you find, and get an ergonomic one that supports your back and helps you maintain a good posture. 🪑
We take note of the advice of the National Association of Opticians, which includes basic key points: feet, back, wrists and positioning of the screen.
Break and relaxation areas
Yes, it is important to adapt your home to remote working, but it is also important to adapt it to your break times. Did you have a hard day at work? Are you particularly tired or feeling down and out? Sometimes working from home can become exhausting, making it difficult to switch off from work.
Also, working from home can lead you to believe that you always have to be available, but this is pointless if you’re under stress or your mental health is on edge. To avoid getting to that point, it is important to know when to take a break. 🧖♀️
Allow yourself time to think about other things, even if it is just a 5 or 10 minute break every hour. You will notice how your productivity improves.
Having a place to unwind at the end of the day is essential for many people. It could be a terrace with a view, a chill-out area, your own solarium where you can breathe in the fresh air, or a beach-style pool where you can float away and relax.
Perhaps a spa in your own residential complex with hydromassage jets to relieve body tension, or a gym where you can release some energy and get your muscles moving after so many hours in front of the computer.
And, if you are close to natural areas such as mountains, trails, rivers, coves and beaches… even better! Our Altea Bayview homes, for example, are connected directly to the Altea mountain area by a footpath. The perfect place to get some fresh air!
Order and harmony
Working surrounded by pieces of paper, clutter, clothes… is a great way to keep your mind wandering and your attention focused on the mess that needs to be picked up. 📚✏📐✂
Take advantage of the many ideas you can find online to organise your workspace at home. Shelves, drawer units, boxes, desks with storage space… There are many solutions for tidying up and trust us: you will notice the difference.
Before you start working, place all the things you will be using within easy reach, such as chargers, pens, paper… you name it. That way, you won’t have to worry about tracking them (and finding them) every few minutes.
When you finish your work, tidy up and leave the place clean. It may seem a trivial thing to do, but it also helps to let your mind know: “Hey, you can relax now. The job is done”.
Here’s a trend we love: Instagram is on fire with the new cloffice concept. Basically, it is a small office space ‘inserted’ in a closet at home, consisting of a computer area and shelves to hold everything you need. It takes up very little space and you can adapt it to the decoration of your home. In this article from Elle magazine you have some examples.
We hope these tips for adapting your home for remote working will help you, so keep up the good work from home! And, if you want to work in a paradise, full of light and gentle sea breezes, check out our exclusive deals. This will make your working day much more bearable. 😊