It is hard to beat the excitement of working at some amazing offices like those of Google, Epic, etc where every employee is pampered beyond their dreams. But working from home can be a competing alternative.
Working from home offers you flexibility, convenience and comfort along with a strong sense of control. If your transcription job involves working on the Internet then working from home can be an exciting proposition. The biggest problem you may have is the loss of distinction between work life and home life, especially when you don’t manage things properly.
Here are ways to make sure you make the best out of your home workplace as a transcriptionist! Whether, you’re a freelancer or service business provider, these are the considerably awesome home workplace tweaks for your general or medical transcription job.
#1 An Office is Distinctive.
Try to choose an area in your home that is exclusively reserved for working. It’s best to allocate a separate room. If your work demands physical meetings with clients and customers, choose an area that can be accessed without walking through personal spaces.
Create a time-table and schedule of working hours. Adhere to them strictly. If this physical and mental distinction is not made clearly, chances are that you will be mixing your roles and will neither be fully productive while working nor will you be able to relax later. To create the mood or atmosphere, you can even dress professionally during working hours and change to casuals when not.
If you stay with flatmates or family, speak to them. Inform them of your plan about working from home. Sharing your schedule and establishing some basic rules can help keep harmony even at any later stage. Print your schedule and stick it on your home office’s door, or a place where it is visible to everyone so to prevent interruptions or disturbances while working.
#2 Spark the Light.
Once you’ve established your office territory at home, you will have to figure out your lighting options. Natural light, from the big bright sun is the best and also been found to boost productivity and improve general well-being. Moreover, natural light has been known to help make working on a computer easy on the eyes. Try to incorporate as much of it in your office, but if it seems impossible, full-spectrum lighting comes second on our list of recommendations.
If you will be using video chat, it would be a good idea to choose lighting that is optimized for it, as poor lighting will look unprofessional when chatting with your client on the other side of the line! Some of most common mistakes for many when it comes to lighting is having a bright background that makes the foreground dark in contrast, and having harsh lighting conditions that creates shadows on their faces. The trick is to get your lights emit a soft, diffusive light on to your face so everyone can see you smile clearly. Keeping a few lights in a way where directions can be adjusted when required, will also come in handy.
#3 Table and Chairs.
Choose an L-shaped corner desk. It will offer you plenty of table space to split your work into two areas. Having larger desk also makes way for a second monitor or any other equipment that is crucial to your working. Choose tables that have been designed to hide cluttering of wires.
A trend in today’s time is to work while standing. If you found this beneficial, then make sure you buy a desk that can be raised and lowered to suit working whenever you feel standing or sitting. Always try to go for a big desk as you can, for this means you can spread things out, reduce clutter and even make space for beverages like coffee, juice or water.
Since most of the work you’ll be having as a general or medical transcriptionist happens while sitting, getting your posture right is absolutely crucial. A tall, well supported spine keeps your brain active and more importantly, it does not exert a pressure on the organs in your chest, allowing them to perform at their optimal best. Choose a chair with good lumbar support and whose height can be adjusted. Try not to buy a chair online. It is best to give the chair a try, see how it makes you feel before purchasing it. Those exercise balls can make a very good non-traditional chair. According to the New-York Times, they even help you burn a few extra calories. Make sure you try out every furniture before bringing them into your office.
#4 Other Design Touches.
Consider sprucing your workplace by introducing some plants. Not only do they make the office look pretty, but they ensure a steady supply of fresh oxygen that naturally help boost desirable modes as it drives away fatigue. Some plants like Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, supply oxygen throughout the day. Research has shown that offices with plants that are cared for seem to lower blood pressures of those people working there.
Paint your office in the theme of your choice. You can paint it with a relaxing and balanced color of green or a mild hue of blue, whichever comforts you more. Hanging framed posters of your inspirations can help keep you smiling even through the rough times.
And yes, in your home office, you are the boss. You are in control of choosing how your office looks and how it feels, right where you live. Don’t create a work space that pretends to be an office. Create an inspiring work environment.
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