With the increase in remote job opportunities, making the switch from working in the office to working from home saves you the daily commute and the icing on the cake- the chance to personalize your workspace. The ideal workspace or home office should boost productivity and minimize distractions. It should be comfortable- no, not your bed, and have great lighting.

Although working from your couch or bed may seem like tempting options, investing in a home office is necessary to create an illusion of boundary and help you maintain your work-life balance while minimizing the distractions that abound.

An ineffective setup can make you uncomfortable, hamper your productivity and affect a smooth transition to working from home. When setting up your home office, you should consider the following tips.

Select The Space

Your ideal home office should be a room with a door. A door helps to strengthen the illusion of boundary and limit the possibility of distractions. If there are space constraints, then a quiet and well-lit space would suffice.

Get Your Furniture

The furniture in your home office should be comfortable and ergonomic. Consider the time you would spend working and minimize discomfort and prevent injuries over time. Your desk should be the right height or adjustable if possible. An Ergonomic chair is necessary to provide you with the comfort and support you need.

Invest in Your Equipment

Your home office should have all the equipment you deem necessary for work.

Get a computer or laptop capable of handling your work.

Seamless internet connection- while working from home, communication is across virtual collaboration platforms. Investing in a fast and stable internet connection makes communication seamless during the endless meetings and video calls.

Noise cancelling headphones- help to minimize background noise while you are in meetings.

Including an external keyboard, a mouse, or a printer is subject to your preference and work needs. You may also require an external webcam or microphone.

Know your lighting angles

Your home office should be well lit. Knowing your lighting angles allows in natural light and determines how you position your desk or laptop. It also enables you to reduce the glare from the sun by using curtains or window blinds. Proper positioning of fluorescent light can also prevent glare on your screen. Adequate lighting makes working in your space comfortable and prevents you from looking grainy during video calls.

Track the Time

Working from home sends you down the rabbit hole of meetings and emails and can be very immersive. Having the time displayed or setting reminders for your lunch break, a quick stretch, or close of the day helps you maintain a work-life balance.

Place The decorations

Your workspace should be pleasing to you. You can have a potted plant on your desk, a painting on the wall, or cheerful little knickknacks that add to the general aesthetics and inspire you.


Setting up your home office should reflect your needs while providing you with a blissful environment that boosts productivity while working remotely. It should also help to minimize distractions and keep you organized.

Tamborin provides African professionals seeking remote jobs or remote workers in tech, marketing, and customer support with the resources to make the search easier. Sign up here to move closer to your goals.