Home Office Safety + Productivity Tips

Monday, August 07, 2017
Image from Wilkie Blog via Pinterest 
I am lucky enough to have a home office and to be completely honest, it's where I spend most of my time as it is where I write my blog posts, guest posts, emails and freelance work. I don't know if I would be able to blog as much as I do or to just generally write consistently if I didn't have a home office. Although there are some drawbacks, not just for a home office but working in an office in general.

Issue: Eye strain
The top issue has to be eye strain, watery eyes or itchy eyes, all of which can be caused by looking at a screen for too long and can be an issue for people working in an office or home office. Accident Advice Helpline have conducted some research into office hazards and issues and this issue was one of the most common. Check out their site for more information and the interactive graphic.

Solution: There are a few things you can do at work or in your home office to help reduce eye strain (these would even help students as I know when I was in college and university, I was at a computer almost constantly). You can make sure that your desk is well lit, you can look out for things that cause glare and remove them if possible or you can adjust your monitor setting/brightness. I try to have the room and screen as bright as possible as that's what works for me.

Broken Equipment & Slip Hazards 
I think these are applicable in most work place or even home environments. Broken or fault office equipment or tools pose a health and safety risk and even just having wires around can cause issues too. I have a lot of wires for my iMac as well as cables to charge my phone, camera and more which don't just cause a safety issue but they look awful and messy too.

Solution: The obvious solution is to fix or replace broken equipment but for a home office, you can always shop around to get the best deal or look at second hand options on eBay. As for wires and charging leads, I always try and keep them out of the way by snaking them under units, drawers or by keeping them together with cable tidies/guards which are really inexpensive and they look better than lots of loose writes.

Overloaded Plug Sockets 
I am a bit guilty of this at home with lots of items charging via one plug socket which isn't the best idea as it can lead to a fire hazard but it's one of those things that most of us keep putting off doing something about.

Solution: There are a few solutions and the simplest is by using other sockets but you can also purchase or request sockets that have a USB outlet on them that come in so handy for charging items without using the plug - we have a few of these at home and they are so handy! We mainly use them in the kitchen and living room but I definitely need to get one for the home office too.

Now for a few productivity tips:
- Working in an office or home office especially can be a bit boring and I find that having cute decor can definitely help! The colour scheme for my home office is white, natural shades and rose gold which I love!

- Staying organised with spreadsheets and to do lists as well as stationery, notes on my phone and sticky notes definitely helps me stay on top of everything...for the most part.

- Getting distracted while working from home is something I think that would put most people off working from home but having good time management skills is key as well as sticking to a schedule and having productive breaks.

Do you work in an office or in a home office? Do you have any safety or productivity tips? 

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18 comments

  1. I would love to have a home office! Sounds like the dream x

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  2. When I'm at home and not uni, I like to work downstairs at the kitchen table rather than the desk in my room - It's so much nicer having loads of space to spread everything out!xx

    Lucy | lucy-cole.co.uk

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  3. I am so guilty of having way too many plug sockets. Not necessarily in keeping with health and safety is it haha x

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  4. So many good tips! I'm the worst at organising myself!

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  5. Such great tips - I really need to become more organised! x

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  6. I live for cable ties haha! Best invention ever x

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  7. I am on my laptop all day long and often get headaches. Working in a office can so draining.

    www.EmmyWritesAbout.com

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  8. I wish I had a dedicated place to sit and write. I'm usually hunched in the corner of my sofa trying away.

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  9. If I had an office as pink as that picture then I would probably live in it x

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  10. Such good tips to share! I love it!

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  11. I'd love it if I had room for an office!

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  12. Overloaded plug sockets can be so dangerous. My boyfriends housemate had a fire start in his room because of it. Was so scary!

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  13. Great tips, I am useless at being organised xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

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  14. Eye strain is so real! I recommend leaving your office and going for a walk outside to help with that. It's been proven that increasing being outdoors is good for your eyesight as your eyes are constantly flickering around to different items which helps to relax them from looking at one thing that's a specific distance away

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  15. I definitely suffer from eye strain so I have to make sure I take regular breaks from the computer!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

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