Over the past year or so, we’ve all experienced major changes in the way we work. In fact, some experts estimate that up to 42% of Americans are currently working from home. And because many workers didn’t anticipate how long this employment change would last, they’re stuck working in improvised home offices, cobbled out of existing furniture, where they talk to their artificial plants to feel less alone.
If you’re one of the many people working from your kitchen table, it may be time to consider purchasing a new desk. There are so many ways a new desk could benefit you. Here are just a few of them!
It’s a Better Ergonomic Choice
Thanks to the prevalence of portable technology like laptops, you can work basically anywhere. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should pick any old spot. If you’re already working from home in your pajamas, it might feel tempting to stay in bed while you cross tasks off of your to-do list. But while that may feel comfortable in the short-term, it can lead to long-term issues.
Improper ergonomics can lead to painful musculoskeletal disorders, like carpal tunnel syndrome, over time. Getting a new, proper work desk is actually a long-term investment in your health.
It Fosters Better Work-Life Separation
Boundaries are an important thing to establish and enforce in your interpersonal relationships and in your career. When you work from home over a long period of time, the lines between your job and your life can become incredibly blurry. If you’re working at your kitchen table, you might end up responding to an email during your lunch break. That can quickly become a slippery slope.
Even if you don’t have a lot of room, with a little creativity, you should be able to make space for a new minimalist desk. Creating a sense of visual separation can keep you from logging into your work email during your off time, when you could be doing more important things, like dusting your artificial plants.
It Gives You a Centralized Workspace (and Solves Your Charging Issues)
Working from random areas in your home isn’t just bad for your physical and mental health; it can also wreak havoc on your ability to stay organized. It’s not a good look when you show up late to a Zoom meeting because you couldn’t find a charger. A static work location gives you a place to organize everything you need.
Even if you already have a desk, you might want to consider upgrading to a USB-enabled desk. This clever, low-profile desk gives you two electrical outlets and dual USB ports so you can keep everything charged without crawling around on the floor.
You Can Personalize Your Space with Decor Elements Like Artificial Plants
Sometimes, the best part of your job is the thrill of decorating your cubicle with unique items that help you to express your personality. The shelf on this USB cubby desk is the perfect place to display whimsical items. Artificial plants, like these faux potted succulents, add color and texture to your workspace and are incredibly low-maintenance to boot.