Creating a Great Home Office During the Coronavirus Quarantine

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By now, many of you have seen the news about many employees being told to work from home while companies try to figure out how best to keep everyone safe amid concerns over the coronavirus. In fact, some of you are probably being affected by work-from-home orders right now.

While we can’t change your work situation, we want to do what we can to help you adjust to this new normal. Continue on below for our top tips on how to create a productive home office.

Keep It Separate

And no, we’re not just talking about 6 feet of space. Whenever possible, try to set aside a dedicated workspace in your home. Maybe you don’t have room for a full-on home office—no biggie! Try setting up a small table in the corner of your living room or bedroom.

By having a dedicated “work space” and “relaxation space” (like your couch or your bed, just saying…), you can signal your brain when it’s time to get down to business and, more importantly, when it’s time to hop offline for the day. Creating physical boundaries is important for helping you stay productive and avoid burnout during this stressful time. Remember, it’s not just your office. It’s your home, too.

Set a Daily Schedule

Just like it’s key to have boundaries around where you work, it’s important to set boundaries around when you work, too. Try building out a daily schedule for yourself that sticks as closely to your normal routine as possible. Set aside time to wake up, go through your morning routine, and eat breakfast before you settle in at your desk. Build in breaks for yourself throughout the day, too. It could be eating lunch away from your desk or taking a quick 15 minutes to stretch it out in the afternoon. Our favorite trick? Write your schedule down and post it somewhere visible. That way, you’re less likely to lose track of time during the day.

If your living space is a little distracting at the moment, maybe you have kids or pets at home,do what you can to accommodate them in your schedule as well. Schedule your most important work during the kids’ nap time, coordinate with a partner to exchange caretaker duties, or plan to walk your dog at a time when you normally start to lose motivation anyway. Most importantly though, set an end time! Know when it’s time to call it quits for the day. Otherwise, it’s all too easy to keep working late into the night—leading to eventual burnout later on down the line.

Make it Pretty

It could be a potted plant, a comfy throw blanket, or a cheesy motivational poster telling you to “Hang in there!” If it brings a smile to your face, we’re all for it! Most of us decorate our offices at work, so why not do the same for your home office? Spend some time “shopping” around your house, seeing what items you already own that you can relocate to your new workspace. There are great sales going on at Office Depot, Overstock and Staples. The goal here is to create a comfortable work environment that motivates you to get ‘er done!

Eliminate Distractions

We know, we know—we just said to make it pretty! However, your home office needs to be functional, too. Find yourself getting distracted by social media? Try locking your phone in a drawer for a few hours each day and installing a browser extension to block social media sites during working hours. Do you frequently get a major case of the snack attacks? Store a couple easy-to-grab snacks nearby so you’re not constantly having to run to the kitchen. Can’t work in a cluttered environment? Set aside 20 minutes each day to give your working space a quick sprucing up. (Hint: you can use this time to disinfect commonly used surfaces, too!) Whatever your situation, make sure you’re setting yourself up for success by creating a distraction-free environment that actually lets you focus and get work done.

Preparation Is Key

Take a moment to think about what you really, truly need to be your most productive self. Do you need space to spread out and look at multiple files at once? Do you need a professional, quiet environment where you can take calls and host video conferences in peace? Do you need multiple screens, a big notebook, and lots of colored pens so you can visually map out your work for the day? Whatever it is, do what you can to prepare your work environment ahead of time by having those items nearby and readily accessible. After all, we all know how frustrating it is to sit down, ready and motivated to work, only to find out that you’re missing the supplies you need to get stuff done.

Listen, we know this situation isn’t easy for anyone. That’s why is here to support you however we can. Whether that’s helping you create the best home office possible or bringing you money-saving deals on the products your family loves, we want to help. Stay tuned for more tips on saving money, scoring deals, and adjusting to this new reality that we’ve found ourselves in. And above all else, stay safe out there!


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