Setting up a home office

A Step-by-Step Guide that will have you ready for your first day in no time!

Working from home has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to Covid destroying everything in its’ path. Today in 2023 more and more companies offer their employees the flexibility to work from anywhere. Some companies however have forced their employees to return back to the office. If you’re one of the many people who are now working from home or interested in working from home, you’ll need to set up a dedicated workspace in your home. Here’s a super easy peasy step-by-step guide on how to do just that:

  1. Choose a space. The first step is to choose a space in your home that will be dedicated to your home office. This could be a spare bedroom, a corner of your living room, or even a closet. If you have limited space, you may need to get creative with how you use your space. For example, you could use a writing desk or a corner desk if you are limited in space.
  2. Clear out the space. Once you’ve chosen a space, you’ll need to clear it out and make it ready for your home office. This means getting rid of any clutter, furniture, or other items that don’t belong in your office space.
  3. Set up your workspace. Once the space is cleared out, you can start setting up your workspace. This includes adding a desk, chair, and any other necessary furniture. You may also want to add some shelves or cabinets to store supplies. Get an affordable ring light because the lighting is important especially if you will be on Zoom and Teams calls frequently. It is also good to invest in a long ethernet cord in case you are required to be docked in or if you have wifi issues. Test out any company-provided and personal equipment ahead of time to avoid disruptions during the first week which is always shitty and hectic.
  4. Add some personal touches. Once your workspace is set up, you can start adding some personal touches. This could include adding plants, photos, or other items that make you feel comfortable and productive that are tasteful. Try to avoid distracting items and the rule of thumb you may think something is cool as far as decor, but everyone else may not so opt for blurring your background for video calls.
  5. Get organized. One of the most important things you can do to set up a successful home office is to get organized. This means creating a system for storing files and supplies and keeping your workspace tidy. There are many different ways to get organized, so find what works best for you.
  6. Set boundaries. It’s important to set boundaries between your work life and your personal life when you’re working from home. This means establishing regular work hours and sticking to them as much as possible. It also means not working from your home office on weekends or after hours. Try to have a space that isn’t located in your main living space if possible to avoid being tempted to log on or work later.
  7. Take care of yourself. Working from home can be a great way to have more freedom but can also get lonely. However, it’s important to take care of yourself when you’re working from home. This means making sure you take breaks, get enough sleep, eat healthy meals, stay hydrated, and exercise regularly. It is okay to step away for a moment when things are challenging or you have had to deal with someone unpleasant.

Following these tips will help you set up a successful home office quickly and help you be productive and efficient.


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