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8 February 2021
Hyperoptic Team

Working from home tips: what’s the best setup for you?

Still struggling with your work from home setup? If you’re going to be working from home for the foreseeable future, then you may have come to the realisation that propping up pillows for support and slow internet just isn’t going to cut it anymore. 

So, here are some work from home tips and tricks to help you get stuff done and keep you comfy while doing it – you’re welcome. 

Extra monitor

If you got used to having 2 screens at the office but had to ditch that dream when you set up shop at home, it might be time to consider getting an extra monitor. Even if you just used your work laptop before, having that extra screen space is a gamechanger when it comes to productivity.  

One of the main benefits is being able to do your work on one screen and have your emails, work chats and other important stuff over on the other, so that you can simply glance over to check when you need to. It’s also great if you’re working on a few documents at once – you’ll be surprised at how much time you’ll save not having to open and close tabs. 

Top tip: Look for a monitor with height adjustment and position the top of the screen at eye level so that it doesn’t affect your posture. 

Wireless keyboard and mouse

It may sound obvious, but going wireless means you can place your keyboard and mouse in the most convenient location without having to worry about the cord. They also help keep your workspace tidy – so more room for tea and snacks. 

It also allows you to change up your position whenever you need to. So, whether you’re sitting at a desk, standing at the kitchen counter or chilling on a beanbag, you can do your thing and not worry about strain. 

Ergonomic chair

By now you’ve probably realised how much you took that office chair for granted, squeaky wheels and all. But you can’t hold out for the day that you two will be reunited; it’s time to think about upgrading from your dining room chair to something more comfortable. 

Ergonomic chairs are the way to go when working at home. You can adjust the seat height, depth and lumbar support which helps to reduce back and neck pain and the risk of doing some nasty long-term damage. Also, the more comfortable you are, the more you can concentrate on your work, so it’s worth the investment.  

Fast broadband

Probably one of the more important tips for working from home effectively is making sure you have broadband that can keep up. You can’t afford to be buffering in the middle of an important video call or waiting half an hour to download a brief.  

Knowing what broadband package you need comes down to what you do day to day. For example, if you’re mainly emailing and video calling, then a 50Mb or 150Mb package will be enough, whereas if you’re sharing or downloading massive files on the regular, then 500Mb to 1Gb would be best.  

You also need to consider how many people you have working from home under one roof. The more people working from home, the more bandwidth and the faster the broadband you’ll need.  

Top Tip: Hyperoptic has flexible, monthly rolling contracts, meaning if you’re suddenly back in the office and no longer need all that broadband, then you can downgrade to a more suitable plan, easy. 

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