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April 2020
5 Tips for Working from Home
Our suggestions for how to stay positive and productive while working from home!
1. Find your nook.

If you’re not used to working from home, one of the best ways to get your mind focused is by setting up a specific area of your home and making it your workspace. This nook doesn’t have to take up a lot of space or cost you a lot of money, all you need is an area that tells your brain it's time to focus. Even if this space is just a desk in the corner of a shared room, try to make it a place that's exclusively for work. Your workspace should be clutter-free and as quiet as possible. By establishing a clear physical boundary around your workspace you’re setting yourself up for focus and productivity!
2. Set a schedule and stick to it. 

There’s nothing like working from home, right? You’re in the comfort of a familiar place with all of your favorite sources of entertainment, distractions and possibly even people to socialize with. It’s extremely easy to get distracted, disregard your to-do list and find yourself in an uncontrollable Netflix binge. For this reason, it is especially important to have a structured schedule for your day.

Take a pause. Ask yourself—what is my day going to look like? There are so many different scheduling tools and techniques available—from time blocking on digital calendars to plotting schedules in your bullet journal. Find what works for you and stick to it!
3. Use Video Communication Tools (as much as you can).

One of the changes that comes with working from home, is the fact that face-to-face communication becomes optional. Your co-workers, clients and managers are not physically accessible to you, and that can lead to a lack of valuable, face-to-face interaction. In order to communicate most effectively and keep your business relationships strong, it is important to make use of the video communication tools available to us.
4. Write a clear To Do List the night before.  

This is one of our all-time favorite productivity hacks. Writing a to-do list the night before rather than in the morning is a game changer! Firstly, it's a big time-saver; waking up in the morning with a clear understanding of what you have to do allows you to jump right into the list early on. It also prevents you from being distracted by a low-priority task in the morning that may drag on for hours or even the entire day. Writing your to-do list in the morning allows you to wake up with clarity and focus.

Secondly, writing your to-do list the night before allows your mind to "Switch off" from work mode into rest mode. When you write a To-Do list for the following day after you finish your work day, you "brain dump" all of the tasks that need to be completed instead of allowing them to circle in your mind all night. After a long hard day of work, you deserve to kick back and recharge so you can bring your best foot forward after a night of rest!

Writing a to-do list the night before also allows you to have the less stressful morning we all crave--you've already done the heavy work of prioritizing your tasks and planning your day. Now you can jump into your morning routine and get productive!
5. Take care of your mindset. 

Working from home may have its perks for some, but when it's not by a choice and you're too overwhelmed by all the negative news on the web, you may find yourself in a negative spiral. Nothing to be ashamed of! We are all learning to manage our mental and emotional health during this challenging time.

The best way to manage these difficult thoughts and feelings, is to take precautionary measures. That means--scheduling time in to take care of your mental health. Each week, take out your calendar and schedule in time to consciously relax, meditate, unwind, do something creative, call a friend etc. Find what works for you and try your best to make time for it. If all you do at home is work, you can eventually find yourself with little headspace to manage stress. Throughout the busy day, take the time to check in with yourself--how am I feeling right now? What am I thinking? We know it's not easy, but it's what's going to help all of us stay as positive as we can through these challenging times.
Working from home? These tools can help!
QuickStand Eco by Human Scale

Do you have back pain from sitting at your desk all day? One way to reduce back pain is to integrate standing desks in your at-home work environment! This sleekly designed QuickStand Eco by Human Scale sits right on top of any table you already have for easy transfers from sitting to standing positions. Perfect for working from home!

Mobile Space Dividers by MergeWorks

If you're in need of an immediate, quick-to-install, privacy solution, we have the answer for you: mobile space dividers by MergeWorks.

  • Mobile room dividers are made with HPL laminate and anodized aluminum frames that are non-porous for easy disinfecting. 
  • Mobile dry erase boards are made with Magnetic Porcelain Steel with anodized aluminium frames that are also non-porous for easy disinfecting.
  • Immediately available. 
  • Quick and easy ship and install.

These room dividers come in a variety of sizes, configurations and core options, making it easy to create custom versions that are perfect for the size and style of your space! Please contact us and we will be happy to help!

Phone: 866.473.3222
We work all over the map!
We love servicing the San Francisco Bay Area, but what some of you may not know is that we actually work all over the country !

We've got projects in: Washington, Albuquerque New Mexico, New Jersey, Texas, Hawaii, Irvine, San Diego, Florida, Los Angeles!
COVID-19 - What We're Doing

To ensure our customers’ businesses are supported we have taken specific steps as part of our business continuity plan. These steps include:

  • Moving employees to work from home in a thoughtful, choreographed manner. This ensures your businesses continue to receive excellent stability and support.

  • Working closely with our manufacturing partners to make sure we have continuous production updates regarding product delays and deliveries. Product delays will be communicated and handled on a case by case basis. We are stocked with loaner furniture programs in the event of emergency requests.

  • Our distribution and truck services are open full time and making timely deliveries. Your safety is our priority. All of our workers are fully equipped with protective gear—masks and gloves are worn at all times and social distancing rules are strictly followed. 
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We create custom workspaces for clients of every size, in virtually every industry. From idea to installation, we help transform your workspace into what it should Be. Interested in our services? Contact us!
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