10 steps to setting up your WFH station

It’s a brand new working world for some of us not used to working from home. Here’s some tips that might help you find your WFH groove

Here are 10 steps to setting up the perfect WFH station:

1. Take time out to clean and organise your work station.Remember that old saying “a cluttered desk is a cluttered mind”? Making your workspace clear and organised will lead to a more productive working environment. Throughout this period, your desk might well be your kitchen table or breakfast bar so even more important to keep as clear as possible.

2. Re-evaluate your belongings and get rid of or file away anything you are no longer using– you might have brought home with you a stack of work that is actually not all relevant. Remember to recycle paper appropriately (waste collections should be operating as normal in your Council as they are an essential service) better yet, use it as scrap paper.

3. Create a space or file for everything.If you have a place where every item belongs and can go back into after you have used it then theoretically your desk can be left clean and tidy every day. This will be key if you don’t have much space or are working to and from the kitchen table!

4. Organise items by importance. Think about what you use most often and make sure these items are closest to you.

5. Clean your work station at the end of each day. Allow yourself five to ten minutes at the end of each day to clear your work area and put everything back into its home. If you do this daily this is all the time you should need. This should help make a clearer definition between work and home throughout this difficult time.

6. Tackle re-organisation to your computer system and emails. Approach your electronic organization in much the same way as your physical desk. Browse through your emails and delete any you definitely wont need to refer back to and create folders for others.

7. Scan in documents you no longer need in hard copy.Scanning and saving files as PDFs and filing away electronically not only reduces the number of paper files you have to store but should also mean these will be easier to locate at a later date (if your electronic filing system is good!).

8. Give your keyboard and mouse a clean. Most of us are guilty of eating at our desk every now and then so it’s no wonder if you look down at your keyboard there may be crumbs or stains on it. Crumbs can be blown out by a shake of the keyboard or compressed air. Then give your keyboard and mouse a wipe down with some suitable cleaning wipes. This not only improves the appearance of your workspace but keeps germs away too.

9. Recycle and Dispose and you go! Set up a paper recycling boxclose to you (or if you are working near the kitchen it might be close enough anyway!) – by having a box dedicated to paper recycling at arms reach will make recycling super easy and lessen the likelihood of paper clutter around.

10. Work to a list. Having a clear ‘to do’ list will compliment a clean and tidy desk and help you to work productively and efficiently. It’s a great feeling when you tick those items off the list!

When you are back in the office and need some help and assistance with waste and recycling, we would love to hear from you. Or if your home office becomes a proper business let us know. We offer reliable and cost effective solutions for a number business recycling streams and general waste. Contact us to get started.