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Do’s and Don’ts For An Effective Home Workspace

How effective is your home workspace? Be honest! Do you know exactly what you need to stay focused and thrive at your job? Or, have you been indulging in the comforts of home without realizing it?

Here at B Squared Media, remote work is our life! We try not to brag too much, but we are pretty good at setting up a great space to work. Here are a few of our favorite do’s and don’ts on how to set up an effective home workspace. You will be on top of your game in no time! 

Do: Face Reality

Some of us have been drooling over the lush #homeoffice tag on Instagram (GUILTY!). But many of our home office realities are – how should we put it – more humble than those topping our Instagram feeds. 

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Here are some photos of hilarious home office setups. Do any of them hit close to home for you?

Establishing an effective home office is so much more than putting a phone and a computer on a desk. A great home office is set up to help you succeed, keep you focused, and keep you on top of your game! 

Don’t: Set Up In a Common Area 

The goal is to have as few distractions as possible. Think of all the least populated areas of your home. We know not everyone is fortunate enough to have an entire room established for a home office. A bedroom or the basement are great places to build an effective home workspace.  

When finding an area to set up your workspace, try to steer clear of spaces like the kitchen table or the living room. Whether it be pets, kids, or busy roommates, there are many places that are seemingly always buzzing with activity. The last thing you want is to let your home activity distract you! 

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Do: Keep Things Tidy and Minimal 

The less clutter, the better! We recommend thinking of the 7 most essential things you need for work and keep the rest away from your space. A clear space makes for less stress and a clear mind.  Plus, you won’t be accidentally knocking things over during your virtual meetings. Here are a few tips for virtual office meeting etiquette. 

Don’t: Clutter Your Space

To avoid losing your glasses in plain sight (yes, we do that too), keep just the essentials near you when you set up your workspace. Pick up each item on your desk and ask yourself, “when was the last time I used this?” If your answer is longer than a month, put it elsewhere. A clutter-free workspace makes for a clutter-free mind! 

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Do: Back Support Is Key 

We love keeping our bodies healthy, which also makes us more effective! Make sure you maintain great posture by using a supportive chair or standing at your workspace. Making a standing desk is as easy as putting a laundry basket or box on your seated workspace surface.  Whatever your preference.

Don’t: Sit On The Couch 

We know – it is tempting! But sitting on a couch and hunching over a computer all day will definitely make your back sore the next day. Be kind to your future self and opt for a more supported seating option when you set up your workspace. It is also tempting to put on a TV show when you are sitting on your couch. Eliminate the distraction and create an effective workspace by avoiding the couch completely. 

Do: Keep Soft Music Playing 

Music is a great way to keep yourself focused. The right kind of music playing in the background will limit distracting background noise from members of your household and also keep you focused on your tasks. Here is a Spotify playlist we made of our favorite focus music: 

Or you can find the playlist here.

Don’t: Binge Television 

Your favorite show is just at your fingertips, but the distraction of a TV show could lead to crucial errors in your work. Not to mention how distracting those shows are to the workday! Keep your workspace quiet or humming with soft music to keep you focused. 

In Conclusion…

Working from home can be a huge adjustment, but we know firsthand how important it is to set up an effective workspace! While it may be tempting to fall into the habits and distractions of being home, these tips will keep you focused on your work.  And if you’re looking to reshape your messaging strategy during a pandemic, we’ve got you covered!

What are some of your work from home tips? 

We would love to see your work-from-home setups! Tag us at #B2WorkFromHome to share your space! 


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Brooke B. Sellas is the in-the-trenches Founder & CEO of @HelloBSquared, an award-winning social media, advertising, and customer care agency. She's also the Co-host of The Marketing Companion podcast with Mark Schaefer, where they discuss jaw-dropping marketing trends. Brooke's marketing mantra is “Think Conversation, Not Campaign” so be sure to give her a shout!
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