This has been a year like no other experienced in our lifetimes.  Covid-19 rampaged around the world leaving a trail of death and misery in its wake, changing the ways in which we live, work and play. 

Schools closed, as did so many shops (other than essential businesses).  Cinemas, restaurants, pubs, sports centres and other leisure providers, including libraries, have closed their doors.  Our GP surgeries and dental practices have been available for emergencies only and hospital appointments cancelled leading to delays in treatment whilst some procedures have been carried out in mobile units parked outside the hospital in order to reduce the risk involved. 

As the summer progressed and some European countries opened up, allowing holiday makers to travel and enjoy themselves, it looked as if the virus was declining.  However, in recent weeks we’ve seen a fairly dramatic increase in cases in many countries followed by further Lockdowns that herald a tough winter for all of us.

Work from Home is the Way Forward

Companies have pivoted to enable working from home which may change the way we work in future.  Some businesses see the benefits of allowing staff to work from home reflected in lower operating costs.  Office space can be rented by the hour/day/week in order to hold meetings, etc., meaning that working from home is likely to become a popular choice as we face the future with COVID-19 still in play.

Businesses closing down across the world and mass unemployment in many countries mean that those of us who’ve been able to work from home are the lucky ones.  However, with the whole family stuck indoors due to the lockdown, getting work done can be a challenge, especially for those living in cramped or small homes.  Spare rooms, attics, garages and even humble sheds have been repurposed as home offices in many cases.  Others have worked in a corner of the living room, or resorted to working at the dining table which means interruptions for mealtimes.

Making your Workspace Comfortable is Essential for Success

Staking out space is vital to make working from home work for you.  Whether you have a dedicated home office, a desk in the corner of the living room or dining room or have turned your shed or garage into a workshop or office space, it looks as if we may be working from home for longer than we expected. 

Perhaps it’s time to redecorate and reorganise the room in which you work to make it easier to use.  A new desk that better suits your needs could make a huge difference to how comfortable you are working from home.  High on the list should be a comfortable office type chair – after all, if you’re sitting at the desk working, you need to ensure that it’s not putting a strain on your back.  What about a small filing cabinet for your paperwork (if you generate any), a desk lamp to brighten up your office space and make it more welcoming? 

While you’re at it, why not add an eco-friendly, easy-clean rug into the mix?  It will brighten up your workspace and add a touch of style to the room.  If you don’t have enough space for a home office and have to make do with a desk in the corner, adding a rug will help designate this as your work area.  If you’re out in the shed, then a damp-proof rug will add some cheer and keep the cold at bay, a win-win situation all round.

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