A friend’s wife recently did the oft repeated act of throwing out his smartphone because he was regularly checking emails in bed. The inability to escape from work related communication anywhere is a reality we have to face up to. To save ourselves from our man’s plight we can do well to organise ourselves and our time better.
Recent times have seen an increasing demand for designing bedrooms which allow one to stay connected with work. A few top-of-the-mind tips for making a work friendly bedroom:
1. Have a desk: Put in a small desk for a laptop, with easy access to power sockets, telephone and data cabling.
2. Get Wi-Fi: Make the bedroom wifi friendly so that you can connect multiple devices and also save on cellular data charges. If you do not get a good quality signal, put in a wifi repeater on a regular power socket.
3. Good lighting: Conventional work requires higher lux levels than what is usually provided for in a bedroom. Put some task lighting on the desk where you plan to work from.
4. Remove glare: Remove glare from the bedroom as much as possible as this can be disturbing, especially when you need to do something which requires focus and concentration. Thick curtains and anti glare surfaces are recommended.
5. Ergonomic seating: Invest in an ergonomic chair with lumbar support for the work desk. Do not even think about using a conventional ‘nice looking’ bedroom chair or a sofa, especially if you are working long hours.
A word of advice: While the above are handy on a day when you cannot make it to the workplace, try not to utilise the benefits of these when it’s time to go to bed!