COVID-19 has millions of Americans setting up shop at home for the first time. It may be tempting to plop down on the couch in your jammies. A well planned work space can prevent issues from headache to eye strain to neck and back pain.
As a means of prevention you should:
- Move Often – It is recommended to get up and move every 20 to 30 minutes. Practice 20/8/2
- Only sit at your desk or workstation 20 minutes
- Stand at your workstation for 8 minutes
- Walk around for 2 minutes
- Eye movement – using the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Avoid eyestrain by placing your monitor just above eye level and arm’s length away. Fine turn the lighting, avoid back lit scenarios or too much front-lighting that makes you squint.
Creating a productive work environment will help maintain healthy balance between work, play and health. Above all stay positive through this.
- Set boundaries-between work hours and personal time. Schedule much like a typical job. Be disciplined and manage your time seriously. GET OUT OF YOUR JAMMIES! You are a professional.
- Set ground rules- people around you must remember you are working no distractions
- Clean-A clean and tidy environment makes a less cluttered mind. Home office clutter can take a toll on your productivity.
- Exercise-Will boost motivation and energy.
- Take breaks-Even if it means just a few short minutes away from your desk.
- Stay connected-So as to not feel isolated. Call, text, Skype or facetime friends and co-workers. Create a process for collaboration too.