Since giving up our home in Chicago and working from the road, my husband and I have found ourselves in a wide variety of living situations. We mostly make our home in short-term, furnished rentals, but sometimes we crash with friends and even more rarely, we'll stay at the occasional hotel.
What makes all of this moving around possible, but also created a spacial problem, is that we both work online. Since we both need our own space (he's on conference calls all day while I need a quiet space for writing), I usually end up working from the bedroom. Here are a few tips I've learned over the past few months to save my back and my attention span.
- Tidy up! Make the bed and straighten your things before you begin work. A neat work area will calm your nerves and lessen your domestic distractions.
- Make sure you have enough light. If there isn't enough natural light in your bedroom, turn on lamps or overhead lights. We recently stayed in a place with no windows in the bedroom (!), so I had to drag in some lamps to keep myself from falling asleep at the keyboard.
- Prop up your computer to desk height. I definitely have the tendency to slouch while working. Keeping my computer up off the bed is not only better for the laptop, it helps with posture, neck position and keeps my wrists at a good angle all day.
- Take breaks and walk around. I try to schedule walks, exercise and stretching into my work day, otherwise, I'll forget to do it. This keeps my blood pumping even though I'm sitting on the bed all day.
- Don't eat in bed. Perhaps this goes without saying, but sometimes it's super tempting to grab a sandwich while finishing one small task. You'll thank yourself later when you fall asleep in clean sheets.