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While many people have started returning to work and going back into their offices, there’s still a huge number of people that are still working from home. In fact, they’re likely going to be working from home throughout the entire summer period or even for most of the year.

This could be a combination of worries caused by the COVID-19 virus, or it could be because their employer realized how much cheaper it is to hire remote employees–especially if their team doesn’t need to be in the office all the time.

So what are some ways to help you make working from home a lot easier this summer?

Stay Cool Throughout the Entire Workday

Perhaps one of the very first things to be concerned about is the weather. Most people don’t really care about the weather because they have air conditioning in their office buildings. It’s usually nice and cool and they don’t let it get to them until they walk outside. However, if you’re at home, then you’ll need to make sure your AC is actually well-maintained and that it works. And that’s assuming you have one! There are still many homes that don’t have AC, but if you do, you’ll need to take care of it properly.

We’d suggest learning about local 24 hour AC repair services to help you out. This is a great way to ensure that there’s always an expert nearby who is ready and waiting to help you out. If you don’t stay cool throughout the day, then it’s going to be mentally draining and extremely taxing on your body. Make absolutely sure that you’re drinking plenty of water as well to stay hydrated, and consider working in a larger open space with plenty of airflow.

Keep Your Computer Cool as Well

You may have noticed this already, but working in hot conditions can often reduce the performance of your computer. Luckily, if you’ve got a modern laptop or a full-sized computer, this usually won’t concern you.

However, if you’ve got a fairly old laptop, then you may want to consider getting yourself some sort of cooling aid to help keep its temperature low. Failing to do this could cause slowdowns in your laptop and will make it frustrating to work. You could even just raise the laptop with a few books to ensure it exhausts the hot air away from your computer and desk.

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Go For a Change of Scenery Now and Then

For some people, this is going to be their second summer in a pandemic. Realizing that you’ve been stuck in the same few rooms for over a year is never fun. Thankfully, there are ways to get a nice change of scenery.

For instance, if it’s a nice day outside then you could always work on your patio or even a local park. You could also work in a cooler room that isn’t in constant view of the sun for most of the day. This can help keep you cool and might help you focus better as well.

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The past year has seen more of us working from home than ever before. We have swapped the office life for home life. While there are many benefits to this, there are also some negative points that need to get sorted. You no longer have to get up at a silly hour in the morning, nor do you have to battle through throngs of crowds on the subway or get stuck in traffic for hours. Instead, you can wake up half an hour before you are due to start work, wear comfy clothes (unless you have a Zoom or Skype meeting) and finish work at a reasonable hour. If you are set to permanently work from home, or at least for the foreseeable future, it is important to make it more comfortable. Here are some top tips on how you can do so in no time at all…

1. Get Ergonomic Furniture

If you spend a lot of time hunched over your desk at a computer, you could find that you soon get aches in your wrists, arms, neck, and back. This is also known as RSI. To make it more comfortable, there are a few things you can do. Firstly swap your dining chair for an ergonomic chair that has back and neck support. You can get a footstool and special keyboards that are designed to be at the best angle for your wrists. You can also invest in an eye-comfort screen to go in front of your monitor to stop your eyes from being strained.

2. See a Chiropractor If You have a Bad Back

If you have had a bad back for a while, working from home is making it worse. Why not see a chiropractor? You could get a discount by searching for a coupon for Chiropractic exam whereby they can analyze you and see how you can improve your posture. This will help you feel less uncomfortable when working from home.

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3. Designate a Space With No Distractions

If you’re working from home space, in the middle of the family area where you all eat dinner and are constantly being interrupted, it can cause you not to be as productive as you might be otherwise. Try and sort yourself out a space that you can work without interruptions or distractions. Make it clear that you aren’t to be interrupted during work hours and that you need some peace and quiet. If possible, set up a designated room for your office – you could even set up an office in the garden in a summer house. It is up to you, just try and make it your own where you can work freely.

These are just a few things that you can do to make working from home more comfortable. You will find that you look forward to getting up and starting work a lot more with set hours, more breaks and when you are not in pain from being hunched over all day. What are some top tips that you abide by? Let us know!

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Most people envision working from home as sitting on the beach with a margarita while scrolling through Facebook on their phones. That would be wonderful, but it’s simply not true. Working from home is actual work…just from home.

Working from home may or may not help your work-life balance, but it will definitely end your morning commute. If you are considering working from home, there are a few things you should know before you make the commitment.

1. You Need a Workstation

To work from home efficiently, you need to set up a workstation. While working from home means that you can work in whatever room you want, you will likely need to take video calls with your boss or clients, and they will expect you to have a professional-looking backdrop when you do.

I staged my home office by painting the walls of a bedroom a warm shade of grey. I then situated my desk beside a window, with my computer’s webcam facing one of the pretty grey walls. Then, I hung thin frame shelves from IKEA on the wall in view of the webcam, and strategically staged my trophies, degrees, and random colorful “stuff” on the shelves. The finished look is polished and professional, and I generally only use the setup for web conferences.

The rest of the time, I work at the kitchen table, in an armchair facing my rose garden, or outside in the shade. Some myths about working at home are true—you really can work from anywhere, most of the time.

To create this kind of mobility, I actually use two workstations: A stable, 27-inch Macbook Pro in my home office facing the pretty wall, and a 15-inch Macbook Pro that I take quite literally everywhere. I even took it to the hair salon on Tuesday. I use an iPad pro for social media, research, and making graphics, too.

2. You Need a Business Phone

I’m not talking about a separate cell phone number just for your work—I mean a landline. Carrying two cell phones is madness and expensive. Plus, your cell phone connection isn’t always crystal clear and reliable.

Instead, contact your internet provider and ask for a landline number that you can use for conference calls and give out to clients. Landlines cost less than $20 per month and make an amazing back up during summer storms when cell signal drops. It’s more professional, all the way around.

3. Email will become Your Lifeline

While you might text your friends and live on Facebook’s Messenger, the business world still runs on email. Everywhere you go, your email will be with you on your phone or tablet. You will drive to the grocery store and check email from the parking lot. You will check email while waiting in the drive through at Starbucks. Remember the beach scenario with the warm ocean breeze and the margarita? Yeah, even on the weekend, you’ll be checking email. You need to become an expert at all things email, so consider MS Outlook training and master the art of email anywhere.

4. You Have to Plan Your Days

Yes, you can do the laundry during your work-from-home workday, but you have to plan your day carefully if you’re going to make it work. It’s one of the actions that can help you feel less stressed.

There are many ways to plan your day. I use both an electronic calendar and my iPhone’s reminders tool to make sure I never miss a meeting and I complete all tasks that need to be completed for the day. Find a calendar and reminder tool that works between your computer, phone, and tablet. The synchronization will keep you sane.

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5. You Must Treat Working From Home Like a “Real” Work Routine

Treat your work-at-home workday like any other normal, in-office working day. You have to set your hours over the course of the day, and set aside time for a lunch and other breaks. You have to have a set time that you’re going to be “off,” too. Keeping your sanity means having a point where work is done and you shut down your computer and do something else.

Setting boundaries for working hours can boost your work from home experience and productivity. If you have a home office, have a point in the day where you shut the door and walk away. On Friday afternoon, shut the door and don’t open it again until Monday. It’s harder to do than it sounds, but it’s vital to your work-life balance and overall well-being.

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