As the title goes. Inspired by my cluttered desk (that I’ve had since the first day I went to school and can’t see myself giving away) and an “orthopaedically friendly chair” that cost a bunch and is literally falling apart under me before even the end of warranty, I thought I probably wasn’t an expert on this particular subject, so it wouldn’t hurt to ask others.
So let’s share some experiences of making a “home office” more comfortable and/or more productive.
I don’t have much but I’m fairly convinced it pays to invest in a good chair, a solid keyboard if one types a lot (mechanical recommended), similarly a decent mouse and mousepad if needed, especially the pad, actually (if you move your mouse a lot e.g. to arrange text formatting, a mousepad intended for computer game players can help a great deal). Putting the monitor higher than the desk surface may be worth the effort, or even getting a second monitor if one handles a lot of documents (I bought a second one for such a job, it does make life easier when there are multiple documents or other windows that need to be opened at the same time; incidentally, I once found a Windows 7 upgrade for 50% off and it had the wonderful function of auto-arranging the window to half the screen on the left or the right if you drag a window to the edge of the screen). Getting some instrumental (no vocal) music sometimes improves the comfort. A desk or floor fan for the summer season is kinda obvious but an air filter is less so (and is good to have).
There are also things to do rather than have or make. Such as taking breaks (even a walk or some exercise), e.g. every 60 minutes or so (used to be recommended in the case of computer work), opening windows (which could easily be forgotten), etc. Personally, I know very little about that, though. I just tend to allow myself to stretch my legs a bit and to take a break and surf around the Internet a bit or play a computer game. I work better then, although the work day may end up dragging until evening or late evening. I take a lot of comfort from being able to walk to the shop or otherwise go out for a while pretty much any time I want (or even take a whole day off without much hassle).
What about you?