New York is now leading with the most number of coronavirus cases than any country. Gov. Cuomo, on Saturday, announced that the legal authority of his NY ON PAUSE order will be extended through June 6 by executive order but not the initiative itself. Since the big apple attracts 60 million tourists a year and acts as the entry point to America for many travelers, this means the virus has already spread out even before a lockdown was implemented.
It was until March 16 when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the closure of public schools, bars, and restaurants. It was followed by an order of closure for all non-essential businesses, and residents to stay at home a week later on March 22 as per Governor Cuomo.
This means that until a cure is developed or the curve has flattened, working from home and staying at home is likely to last longer.
How to prepare for Work From Home extension
Since Cuomo still hasn’t decided how long it would extend the stay-at-home order, here are some ways on how to make your work at home set up more manageable.
1. Choose where to set up your workspace
In our recent article titled “(insert title of Top Trending Home Office Designs)”, it was mentioned that providing a unique and relaxing space to work can boost productivity and will help you get rid of unnecessary distractions to get things done on time. However, there are different types of work from home people who only get productive anywhere they prefer – depending on their mood.
You can either set up in your room for privacy, in the kitchen so you can send emails while cooking at the same time, or even in the living room where you can watch a show while working.
To make this possible, the FlexiSpot’s Home Office Standing Desk Mate--Under Desk Bikes would a perfect choice for your work-at-home set-up. It features four durable caster wheels with a 360-degree swivel that will allow you to move the bike easily from room to room. You can also work out at the same time and boost your immune system while doing so.
If you have a limited space or a corner, this desk bike from FlexiSpot is also perfect fit because of its size and visually appealing design.
2. Have a stable internet connection
You can never be productive at home if you don’t have a fast and reliable internet connection. According to speedtest.net, you have to have a download and upload speed of 2 Mbps if you only use email, social media, and audio conference calls on one device at a time. For remote work, you need a download speed of 10 Mbps to assist with uploading and downloading large files like videos. Lastly, if there’s too many of you in the family using multiple devices or streaming services all at the same time, then a download speed of 25 Mbps or higher is perfect for you.
3. Invest in an adjustable height desk
Take note that a great workstation starts with a great desk. Elevate your workspace by choosing the perfect home office desk – something that provides more stability and space other than your monitor or laptop. While a simple desk could be on the top of mind for your work at home set-up, wouldn’t it be best to choose something that would benefit you in the long run – say an electric adjustable desk?
Did you know that too much sitting can cause you lots of health problems from an increase in blood sugar, diabetes, and stroke? One of the ways to avoid these health issues is by exercising, or better yet, take turns from sitting and standing while working on your laptop.
Unlike other height adjustable desks that cost $1000 and above, this Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk EN1 - 48" W possesses more features, but with a selling price not exceeding $400. It has a double steel tubing that ensures stability even at its highest height compared to “Brand b” that has a 4-Leg Frame and takes up too much space in the house. This desk is very distinct because of its three programmable presets and energy-efficient LED display, which automatically enters sleep mode to reduce power usage when the desk is stationary.
We may be facing uncertain times, and a lot may be against the NY Pause Order - but the only thing that would get through these is by having the right mindset. May this article be a perfect guide for you on how you can work proactive, and be an active team member even from afar.