Ergonomic Tips for the Twitch Streamer
Lots of streamers have dedicated spaces in their homes which are designated streaming areas. Then there’s the group that streams from their office desk. At the end of the day, it’s all about your comfort. Find whatever works for you. If you’re able to be productive, then that’s good enough.
So now that the home offices are the new normal, here are some tips for you to set up the perfect ergonomic home office. It’s time for you to unleash your productivity while getting absolutely comfortable, too.
Setting up a dedicated stream space
Find an area of your home where you can set up a comfortable workspace. Make sure the place is free of distraction, as you might be required to get on the phone and video calls during the course of your work. Choose a comfortable, well-lit area of your house. Make sure you have enough space to set up a desk and chair.
Ensure that you have good ventilation. You don’t want to be sitting in a stuffy work area. Don’t use this space for anything else. Treat this space as an office space. Use it only when you are working. Don’t use the space for anything else. Keep it clean, clutter-free, and you’ll have your own little nook to work out of every day.
Work the right way
The best way to do this is to actually imagine you are in the office when you are working from home. Behave how you would behave in the office. Treat your workspace how you would treat your office. Don’t take work in bed. Don’t leave food and drink lying around your office space. Don’t be cooking while you are in the middle of work.
Of course, one of the great things about working from home is being able to wear comfortable clothing. That’s fine. When you start to treat your home workspace like office space, you will be able to respect it more as a work area. Assume that you’re at work in your office when you begin work. This will help you maintain the space well.
Posture is very important
When you’re spending long hours working from home, you’re invariably going to be camped in your chair for extended periods. Your feet should be flat on the floor, with thighs parallel to each other and knees bent at an angle of 90 degrees. Your elbows should also be bent at 90 degrees, close to your body. Relax your shoulders. If they are loose and relaxed, with you sitting back, they will automatically be at 90 degrees.
Sit all the way back in the chair. Your shoulders should be over your hips and your head over your shoulders. According to experts, this will help keep all your joints in the right alignment. If you don’t get your posture right, you could start to get aches and pains very soon.
Making time for breaks
Even though you are working at home, which may seem like a break on its own, you have to take small recesses throughout the day. Plan these breaks out so that you have more clarity on when to take them and for how long to take them. One of the most important things to do is to do a little bit of exercise and walk around a little bit now and then.
Sitting in the same place for a long period can cause problems to your back, neck, and spine. Get up, do a little stretching, take a walk, etc. You have to ensure that you do this at regular intervals. It doesn’t need to be a very complicated exercise. Just some basic stretches should be good enough.
The right equipment
Invest in the right kind of equipment for your home office set up. It’s a very important part of your life that you’re going to be regularly using for a long time. So get yourself a nice, comfortable chair that you enjoy sitting in and are comfortable in. Get a good desk at a good height. When you have comfortable equipment, you will be comfortable. When you’re comfortable, you’re more productive.
So don’t think about it as investing in a chair and table. Think about it as investing in your increased productivity. If you’re going to be stuck working from home, you may as well make it comfy and cozy for yourself. The right equipment will give you the right mindset for work.
So now that you’ve got some basic tips on how to make your home office a more comfortable workspace, how are you going to go about it? Do you already have plans coming together in your head?
Take some time. Map it out. Think about all of the things that you would need and make a list. Don’t be hasty. One trip should be enough if you’ve made the right list, with everything you need. Once you’re at the store, take a look at all the options available. Most importantly, try the chairs out. See if they’re comfortable or not. Don’t pick one because it looks comfortable.
Once you’ve got your ideas mapped out in your head, got all your stuff, then it’s time to assemble. Clean up space. Assemble your work station, sit down for a bit, and see if it’s working for you. The best part about assembling your own work station is that you can make changes. You can’t go shifting your chair and desk around in your office. You can do that at home. Use that to your advantage. Move things around, explore different angles, and decide on what works best for you.
Let’s hope that things go back to normal soon. Although it is comfortable working from home, it is a bit of a bore without your co-workers and work buddies not around for a quick chat. Until we all get to go back to our old lives, all the best set up a comfortable workspace at home!