Life isn’t what it used to be. Many of you have been thrown into a full-time work from home situation and unless you have previously spent time working from home, being productive will be a challenge.

Bob Milliken

Endless interruptions, the now-at-home kids, and the dog will get you. In my experience, the first step will be to setup some space for an office. Doing this will help you to separate work from leisure.

Read on to discover some of what I have learned are the best ways to stakeout your work area and the key things to consider.

Consider how long you’ll be working from home

The first thing to consider is how long you’ll be working from home. If it’s only a very short period, it would be pointless investing in an entire home office set up. In this situation, it would be better to invest in just the essentials.

However, if you have the budget it could be worth setting up a permanent home office. Now you’ll always have somewhere set up to work at home if needed.

Make sure you have the right equipment

You’re going to need some level of equipment to work from home. At the very least, you’re going to need a laptop or desktop computer and a desk.

If you aren’t setting up a permanent home office, you may get away with using the dining room table or a makeshift bedroom office.

Other things you’re going to need include a good internet connection and online security.

Ensure the space has plenty of natural sunlight

When you’re stuck indoors, you won’t be getting enough natural sunlight which may have a detrimental effect on your productivity and motivation. Numerous studies have revealed the damaging impact limited natural daylight can have on worker’s in an office setting and the same applies at home.

So, make sure you’re going to be working in a part of the home which benefits from a lot of daylight. Otherwise, you might want to consider an investment in daylight bulbs. These are designed to replicate natural daylight.

Focus on comfort

Your home office should be a comfortable place to work in. This means, for example, providing plenty of support for your back if you’re working at a desk.

If you aren’t comfortable, you’re not going to get much work completed. You’ll also find it beneficial to surround yourself with things that make you happiest, such as photos of the family and plants or flowers.

Take Away

This is new. This is different. Even if you’ve worked from home occasionally, this is a very different ballgame.

Whether you’re setting up a permanent or temporary office space, be sure it has everything you need and it’s quiet and comfortable. We’ll get through this.

For more tips about working from home call Bob at 604.270.1730 or send an email to and let me know how I can help you.