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Working in a space-constrained setting isn't impossible as long as the space is optimised to the fullest. If you've recently moved to remote work and are working from home, the whole ordeal can make you feel claustrophobic, which can have an effect on your overall mood and health.
However, if you maximise your set-up, you'll be able to stay focused on tasks while still feeling energetic and safe at the end of each day, even if you're working from a tiny desk.
You can build an ergonomic set-up if you use the right equipment and accessories. If you don't have a dedicated office room and you can only operate from home with a dedicated desk, you'll need to make the most of your space to build a convenient workplace.
Make the most of your desk space
Small improvements to the layout of your workstation and desk may have a significant impact on your well-being and health.
Bending over a desktop for long periods can have a negative impact in the long run, and using any space available as an improvised workspace can exacerbate the problem.
It's important to be innovative in creating a conducive work environment in your house. Here are four ideas for making the most out of your available desk space:
Rocking footrest to help maintain posture
Having a rocking footrest is one method for increasing your attention and staying focused while allowing you to maintain a good posture.
Although fidget spinners were common a few years back, psychologists now believe encouraging motion and circulation with your feet is likely to help you concentrate and relieve surplus energy whilst executing difficult tasks.
Improve ergonomic set-up by optimising monitors
Using a second monitor is beneficial to efficiency, but only if it doesn't strain your eyes or neck. You can choose from a variety of monitor arms to help you align it to the perfect height.
By installing your extra monitor and setting up the tilt, height, and location for various tasks, you'd be able to free up some room on your tiny desk.
A mounted monitor makes sure your equipment doesn't occupy unnecessary space on your desk while also making sure they're securely installed at the perfect angle to encourage productivity.
Reduce movements using trackball
If you have a small desk and need to restrict the movement of your input device, a trackball will work wonders.
Since you won't need to rotate it when browsing, reading, or scrolling documents, you can designate a dedicated and consistent area for your adjustable input device.
A trackball offers direct control and an ergonomically designed set-up, eliminating repetitive strains common in people who spend long periods of time using a desktop and mouse. There's an eject button to allow you access to clean the trackball and clear any dirt accumulated during your use.
Get rid of stuff you don't need
Are you sure you want to work beside a pile of books and magazines? Do you think the finished file is still necessary? At some point, it's a good idea to simply get rid of what's not needed and reclaim your desk space.
Everything remaining on your desk should have a specific function to add to your overall workflow and productivity.
Organise your files
If you must hold paper records, trim them down to be left with only those necessary, then arrange these critical documents to find them conveniently later.
Sort your papers into piles based on category, write the category names on files, and store them in a cabinet rather than just putting them on your desk. Those papers piling up in your work area can fit easily into just a few inches of hanging cabinet space.
Reduce your work equipment
To optimise the availability of the desk space as a work surface, try using smaller equipment such as a tablet or laptop which you can quickly move or store.
This ensures when you need a larger workspace, your desk can be rearranged or cleared out altogether to accommodate the day's needs. Also, have a separate area for devices not needed from time to time such as a printer or scanner.
Your small desk doesn't have to affect your workflow at all, although it might be if you don't approach its set-up strategically. Make sure to have your core needs in mind then find which of the methods listed here will help you the most.
Prioritise what you need for your workspace is the key to maximise the available space.