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The world as we once knew it has completely changed – we have now grown accustomed to the new normal which includes sanitizer, masks, “elbow bumping” instead of handshakes, doing a double-take now when someone coughs. Even though we are now a few years into the pandemic and it has become more comfortable to live with COVID-19, there are some things that still remain… Enter the Work From Home jobs. 
If you are one of the many people that have now brought your office home, you may be facing all new challenges including creating a comfortable work environment, trying to stay connected with your co-workers, and even just creating a space where you ENJOY working.
Below we have outlined some helpful work from home set up ideas on what you can do to help make your home workspace a little more pleasant.

In today’s blog, we will discuss the following tips:
Tip 1: Colours
Tip 2: Incorporating Plants/Calming Elements Into Your Home Workspace
Tip 3: Ergonomics
Tip 4: Sticking to a Structure & Schedule
Tip 5: Organization – Creating A Separate Workspace at Home or Packing Up Your Workstation

Choose colours that inspire productivity
It may seem like a non-issue, but as it turns out, as humans we are very susceptible to the way colours make us feel. For example, working in a bright orange room may be a little jarring, whereas working in a space with calming colours such as a pale blue or even a soft white will make your work area feel more welcoming.

If you don’t have the time or are otherwise unable to paint your room, you can also incorporate colours by way of office accessories – think: your favourite colour sticky notes, pens, folders, or your favourite mug. Make your space beautiful so you feel happy to work there. Plants and calming elements help improve concentration and creativity
Use real plants in and around your workspace. There are a number of plants that have health benefits, such as snake plants which are great for oxygen and cleaning the air. Having plants around actually increases your serotonin levels, which improves focus and calmness.

Another calming element you can incorporate into your workspace are scented candles. If you find yourself feeling stressed at work, light up a nice lavender or eucalyptus scented candle and you will feel instantly better.

Here are some other fun ideas to create that “zen” work environment for increasing your work productivity:
Weighted blanket for your lap
Essential oils & diffusers
White noise machine (of course, for the times when you’re not on zoom!)

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