|Move Off Your Kitchen Table: Setting Up Your Home-Office To Maximize Productivity
We have learned that our current situation with COVID-19 is not going to change quickly. Many of us will continue to work primarily from home for a long time. Even those who return to the office will likely spend more time working from home in the future. Follow these tips to ensure you are as comfortable and productive as possible when working from home.
Setting-up your work-from home equipment:
Help keep your equipment operating optimally:
- Consider upgrading your bandwidth. If you have a spouse and children all working remotely with simultaneous video calls, you should have one of the top bandwidth plans offered by your ISP.
- Review your WiFi equipment. Modern WiFi devices must deal with both high-bandwidth video calls and numerous connections from all of the Amazon Echos, Ring Doorbells, Nest thermostats, etc. If you have not upgraded your WiFi equipment in the last 2 years, you probably should do that now.
- If you do not have a spare room for an office, find a dedicated spot so that you are not commandeering your kitchen table and wasting time setting-up every morning before work.
- Keyboards are cheap, chiropractors are not: if a keyboard and/or mouse helps you be more comfortable, then buy one. Keyboards are fairly universal, so there is rarely a reason to involve us in finding compatible devices; just buy what you like.
- Get a laptop dock for home or bring your office dock home.
- Find a comfortable office chair.
- Setup multiple monitors – take care to buy monitors with the proper ports, reach out to AT with questions
- Cover your camera when it’s not in use, so you are not joined to a video call unexpectedly.
- Find a comfortable headset for calls. Don’t get more complicated than you need: the earbuds that came with your phone will work for most purposes (and headsets are difficult to find right now).
- Do not set your laptop on a couch cushion or blanket: the laptop can sink down slightly, which will block hot air exhaust and cause the laptop to overheat.
- Be careful putting a laptop on your lap: modern laptops can be hot to the touch.
- Place your laptop away from small children, pets and beverages.