As the birds begin to chirp and the sun shines brighter, we can look forward to taking our Zoom calls from the comfort of our backyards as we transition from WFH (work from home) to WFO (work from outside).
If you're seeking guidance on how to smoothly adapt to working outside, we have a few key points to consider that can help make the transition work for you.
Find A Space with A Comfy Setup
We are all too familiar with the drawbacks of being confined to a desk all day. Regrettably, this issue doesn't disappear when you move your workspace outside; in fact, it can potentially worsen. Without the support of an ergonomic desk chair to maintain proper spinal alignment, it is crucial to ensure that your outdoor setup doesn't lead to discomfort in your neck and shoulders. The key factor to prioritize is ensuring proper alignment between the chair you're sitting on and the table you're using. While the idea of working from a hammock might sound appealing, if you anticipate working outside for an extended period, it's recommended to opt for a more traditional outdoor dining table as your workspace. This choice provides a better support and allows for better alignment of your seating and working surfaces, ultimately promoting a more comfortable and productive work experience.
Be Careful of Your Sitting Position
It's important to find the right alignment between your chair and table to avoid discomfort. If the chair is too low, it can lead to lower back pain, while if it's too high, it may cause elbow pain. So, how can you determine if you have achieved the right balance? It’s advised that if the chair and table are properly aligned, you should be able to rest your arms comfortably on the table without having to reach, stretch, or twist.
Additionally, your feet should be flat on the ground, ensuring stability and proper posture. The height of the chair should be adjusted so that the highest point of the seat is just below your knee cap. This helps maintain proper leg positioning, with your knees forming a 90-degree angle. Following these guidelines can contribute to a more comfortable and ergonomic workspace while working outside.
Say No to Distractions
Working in a spacious outdoor area, particularly when using a computer, can present some challenges. However, if you have sufficient space, it might be worth considering more permanent options. A shed or investing in a gazebo or pergola to create a dedicated workspace. If these options are not feasible, there's still hope for privacy. You can utilize outdoor privacy screens, curtains, or planters to create an enclosure that not only enhances privacy but also helps to minimize noise. To further reduce distractions from external sounds, consider using noise-canceling headphones, a white-noise machine, or even a small outdoor waterfall.
While decorating your new outdoor office space, it's important to remember two essential WFO requirements: sunscreen and bug spray. These will help protect you from the sun's rays and pesky insects, ensuring a more pleasant and comfortable work experience.