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FEATURE STORY THE EXCHANGE SPRING 2020 BASK IN NATURAL LIGHT According to Future Workplace’s sleep. Set up your workspace in a room survey, over 1,600 employees ranked with windows, work outside during your “access to natural light and views of the lunch break, and take a break from outdoors” as their number one desire staring at your screen to gaze out the for a workplace environment. This window. If you don’t have windows, makes sense because natural light has or you just have a small window, add We all know that sitting at a desk all many health benefits, such as vitamin mirrors, or check out l ight therapy. day is not super healthy. Luckily, there D, boosting your mood, and better are lots of standing desk options out there these days. Some have wheels so you can move them around your home throughout the day if you need that flexibility. Some are adjustable WORK FROM HOME TRY A PRO TIP CONVERTIBLE Share Your Daily Schedule. If you have kids, platforms you simply place on top of an LIKE A CHAMP roommates, or a partner at home with you, it’s a DESK existing table or desk. Start by standing good idea to have an easy-to-access daily schedule. during meetings when you don’t have Kids love to participate by writing important activities down on a whiteboard or chalkboard. Let to do a lot of typing. Now that so many of us are working from home — many them add colors and drawings and make it a family activity after dinner or first thing every morning. sharing a home with a partner who’s also trying to work, Note important meetings when you need quiet time. All grown-ups in the house? Do it digitally with a shared Google calendar. Either way, be sure kids who are just trying to be kids, and fur babies who to block out time for exercise, outdoor time, and meals away from your desk. demand our attention — we’re realizing there’s more to it CHECK YOUR than pushing aside the pile of mail on the dining room B A N D W - table to make room for our laptop like we used to on the You’re on VPN, a Google Meet with 15 occasional Friday. It can be downright difficult to stay I DTH people, and everyone is on webcam. focused and be productive at home. Setting up GET A Your kids are on the PS4. You don’t have time for slow internet. Check out a dedicated home office really helps. We rounded up some GOOD this article for some tips on how much bandwidth you need, how to test it, and tips to help you get started. Don’t feel like you need to get CHAIR how to increase it if needed. them done all at once. Try focusing on just one or two a week until you have a home office that’s right for you. Sometimes, we just need to sit and and choose one that’s fully adjustable. work. While there are many types of If you’re working with a less-than-ideal wallet-busting office chairs, it’s worth it chair for the time being, consider to invest in one that fits your bum and adding a lumbar support pillow and budget. Since going to a showroom really pay attention to your posture. Your and trying lots of options might not back, muscles, various joints, and brain be an option, try to research carefully will thank you. 15

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