10 Ways to Supercharge Your Home Office
June 15, 2020
Many DFW workers are getting more opportunities to work remotely, but does your current home or apartment have the right amount of space for optimal productivity? The homebuilders of ArrowBrooke offer floorplans featuring studies and home offices that will help you stay focused from the comfort of home!
Residents of ArrowBrooke, located east of Denton and north of Frisco in Aubrey, work for large and small companies throughout North Texas. Recently many of these companies began encouraging flexible working arrangements. Some of these are:
- NTT Data – Plano
- HMS Healthcare – Irving
- Vizient – Irving
- Tyler Technologies – Plano
- AT&T – Dallas
- Certified Labs – Irving
The workers who live and work from home in ArrowBrooke enjoy the peace and quiet of a planned, suburban community and many have discovered ways to supercharge their home office.
Ten Tips for a More Productive Home Office
#1 Design the space ergonomically
According to this article , “The top of your computer screen should be at eye level or a little below. As you scan down the screen, your eyelids will naturally close a bit and moisten, which reduces eye fatigue. Position your keyboard so your forearms are parallel to the floor. Splurge on a chair that makes you want to put in the hours.”
#2 Take advantage of technology
This resource noted, “Make sure you have the right applications. Lots of remote workers are leaning heavily on Slack, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom or GoToMeeting. Ask questions such as: Do you need a secure line? Are those applications accessible from your home Wi-Fi? Do you need a security key to log in?”
#3 Let there be (natural) light
Many new home workers mistakenly place their desk in a dark corner, facing a wall. Resist this tendency. Instead, “Move your desk close to the windows, but place it parallel to the panes. This ideal set-up gives you the happiness benefits of natural light, and a good reason to turn away from your computer every few minutes to take in the scene.”
#4 Plan for plenty of storage
Fast Company magazine suggests that remote workers need storage. “If you need bookcases, get nice ones–big enough that you don’t need to overstuff, and artful enough that they’ll look great as the backdrop in your video conferences. And if you’re using the guest bedroom? It probably has a closet. Trick out that closet with a shelving system, so you minimize the need for storage in the main office area.”
#5 Make it comfortable
Spending 8 hours a day in one room is more pleasant when there is a comfortable place to read and think. A comfortable chair for curling up, with an ottoman for your feet, plus a table for your coffee and a great lamp will enhance your state of mind. Think of this as an added perk for working from home!
#6 Smile, you’re on webcam
We all know that conference calls can be tough — there are time delays, not knowing who’s talking because you can’t see the person, people getting interrupted on accident. According to this resource,, “webcams can solve a number of these issues: the sense of isolation and that confusion. Because we miss cues when we aren’t working together in person, make doubly sure all colleagues understand their marching orders.”
#7 Stay connected to co-workers
Untold innovative ideas and moments of inspiration come from “water cooler” talk with colleagues. This can also make the remote worker feel isolated. One source suggests that to fill the gap, some co-workers are scheduling online social time to have conversations with no agenda. Use Slack chats and things like that if you miss real-time interaction.
#8 Overstock on office supplies
More than likely, there will be others at home during your working hours. You can avoid interrupting them and increase your productivity by having everything you need in your home office. It’s advisable to keep all your office supplies–pens, scissors, stapler, stamps–handy. Consider a small fridge or coffee maker if you like to enjoy a few beverages during the day.
#9 Manage the expectations of supervisors and co-workers
Working from home requires more conversations with the entire team than the traditional office setting. It’s a good idea to discuss objectives, measurement of success and tracking activities with all interested parties at least once each month.
#10 Know yourself
For some who live and work at home, it is sometimes difficult to avoid distractions. The best strategy for maintaining a “work” mindset is to clearly delineate when personal and work activities should occur in the day. While it might be challenging, it is important to maintain normal work hours and then close the home office door and enjoy your family.
ArrowBrooke: An Ideal Community for Working from Home
Residents in ArrowBrooke escape the commotion of city life and enjoy the tranquil sunsets and slower pace of life found here. Although it is tucked away from the hustle and bustle, ArrowBrooke keeps residents within close proximity to everyday amenities – shopping, dining and entertainment venues. This charming community is great for living and working. Whether commuting to work on the convenient freeways or working from a home office, the residents have time to work efficiently and when the day is over, enjoy living at its finest.
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