5 tips to create the perfect remote working setup
Remote working has become the top choice for designers and photographers. The freedom associated with it can boost your creativity, create networking opportunities, help you stay inspired, and provide access to resources that on-site work may not offer, especially for photographers.
Nonetheless, there are a few tips you should follow in order to make your remote work setup as professional and comfortable as possible. If you want to give remote work a try or improve your setup, this article is for you.
Let’s get started with these 5 tips!
Separate work and leisure physically
Firstly, we recommend you set up your workplace somewhere in your house only meant for work. Working in the same room where you sleep or relax could make focusing challenging, as your body and mind associate these spaces with relaxation. If you can’t manage to set up a specific room for working, it’s ok. Simply try to remove any possible distractions at sight in your workspace.
Seek the (natural) light
Working under natural light will help you keep up your spirits, better manage your fatigue, and avoid feeling locked away. But remember to place your screens so that the natural light isn’t causing unwanted glares. Some countries have made it mandatory for companies to cover remote work expenses. Still, if you’re freelancing, you will have to pay your electric bills independently. So, working with natural light will also help you save money.
Isolate yourself with a good pair of headphones
Your neighborhood may be noisy in the mornings, or your neighbors might choose to do house repairs when you want to try remote work. A good pair of noise-canceling headphones will spare you from some headaches, keep you focused, and let you stay motivated with your killer playlists. From budget-friendly options to more expensive ones, here’s a list of the most recommended headphones.
Invest in a comfortable chair and desk
As a designer, you will spend most of your time sitting down and creating new designs. Working from your room or studio in your usual chair might sound comfortable. But wait until it’s been 5 hours. You should avoid “budget-friendly” options when searching for a new chair. Opt for a high-quality chair that ensures productivity and comfort for your back, neck, arms, and legs. Here are some examples of what you should be looking for in your next chair.
When it comes to your desk, consider how much space you will need for your tools. Remember that your desk measurements should be aligned with your height and your chair’s size. Choosing desks with desk trays for your keyboard or drawing tablets will help you save lots of space.
Get a whiteboard and some Post-It
Remote work has a lot of pros, but it also carries some extra duties. Organizing your workflow is crucial to thrive as a remote worker. Although many apps and software aim to improve your productivity and organization, nothing gets the job done like a basic whiteboard and some Post-It. These will help you see the bigger picture and never miss a project deadline.
These are just a few tips you can apply to improve your remote work setup. But remember: while appealing to those desiring freedom and flexibility, remote work isn’t suitable for some. Working remotely demands an extra touch of responsibility that you must balance with your social life to thrive.