Setting up a home office
Once you’ve decided to telecommute, you need to ensure you’ll be able to work as productively offsite as you would in a traditional office environment. To do this, it’s important to set up a clearly defined area to work in — one that will help you stay focused and efficient.
Three main factors should guide you in setting up a home office:
- choosing the best possible location for the office,
- making efficient use of the office space that’s available, and
- incorporating the equipment you need to do your work.
It’s crucial to consider where you should locate a home office. Psychologically and physically, it’s important that when it’s time to leave work, you can close the door on your work space.
For example, it’s not generally a good idea to use space in your bedroom as an office. Combining work and sleep in a single space can prevent you from creating a symbolic, or psychological, separation between your work and home life.
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