Even after a year of working from home, remote workers by and large do not want to return to the office. Sure, it costs us more, but what's the alternative? Going back to noisy, privacy-free open office layouts and exhausting, unnecessary mega-commutes?
Still, the COVID-19 pandemic has proved that remote work isn't as simple as camping out on your couch with a laptop. Your home office needs to offer some of the same structures that your regular workplace does, not least because quarantines and distance can erode office culture, which is part of what makes any job both bearable and enjoyable.
CNN Business writer Kathryn Vasel has collected some best practices for designing your own designated workspace. Many of us have learned what doesn't work, but Vasel's tips can help create both physical and mental boundaries around your at-home work life. You don't need a large house or even a supersized apartment to build a good spot for your home office; in fact, if you've got the closet space, there's a lot to be said for installing a desk behind doors you can shut at the end of the day.
Some other considerations may only seem obvious in hindsight, but once you apply them, you'll never want to go back. Making sure your chair and computer setups are comfortable is a given, but don't forget to seek out natural light to boost both your mood and productivity. Having a window perpendicular to your computer screen can get you the best of both worlds. It's the sort of thing that's helped keep freelancers happy for years.
Read Vasel's full article for clever setups and more information.