While 2020 is coming to an end, one artefact of this relentless year that won’t be going away anytime soon is the preference towards working from home. Even for office jobs quite stubborn in structure, the realisation that home stations can be set up, and prove just as effective, has swept through various industries and is likely to change the way we structure our work life from now on. This presents a few ergonomic issues that are important to address if we are to work from home efficiently.
With a home workspace considered the new normal, certain extra steps must be taken to successfully merge the usual mental distinction between an office designed for productivity, and a home designed for leisure. Regardless of how confident one is in their ability to work from home, it takes practice and patience to adjust properly.
No matter the willpower, it’s easy to get distracted at home in a way that isn’t possible in the office. Whether it’s the urge to watch TV, to dive into the rabbit hole of social media, or even tidy the house — being at home can easily put a dent or two in your ability to focus on work.
After all, most homes aren’t typically designed to be our place of work. It’s where we sleep, relax, and enjoy entertainment, and where there are certain domestic tasks that we shouldn’t concern ourselves with during the workday.
Consider the issue of cleanliness at home. It’s natural that the wider home space gradually becomes messy by hosting life’s daily tasks. Short of hiring a weekly cleaner, you can take a few steps to address this, including decluttering your desk, and also picking a dedicated work spot and sticking to it. Perhaps most of all, you can find a way to automate mundane tasks, such as vacuuming.
Notably, time spent needing to break away from work to vacuum around the home can add up quickly. Say you’re busting dust for 20 minutes per week. That’s 17 hours per year, biting a substantial chunk in time that could be used more wisely.
This is where modern home technology like smart robotic vacuums fit perfectly, as if the sector was designed with working from home in mind. A small profile and easy to use device like ECOVACS ROBOTICS’ new DEEBOT OZMO T8+ adds a layer of convenience that’s absolutely necessary for those busy days, where finding time to clean the house doesn’t even make it onto your to-do list.
The DEEBOT OZMO T8+ sports a number of advanced features so it can work autonomously and keep things nice and tidy for you. Key to this is a precise millimetre-level obstacle detection system called TrueDetect 3D, coupled with laser-based mapping and navigation technology to swiftly move about your house without you having to worry about it getting stuck on a piece of furniture. Even reasonable concerns like the device accidentally wetting the rug are quelled by a precision mopping system with automatic carpet detection.
Leaving the DEEBOT OZMO T8+ to its own devices makes it much easier to skip out of the house for a quick coffee and come back to a clean workspace. With its 5200mAh battery, there’s enough juice in this robotic clean-freak to handle a 300-square-metre home on a single charge.
Tiny robot vacuums are known to have smaller dust bins that fill up fast, which is why the DEEBOT OZMO T8+ coming packaged with a separate self-emptying bin adds an extra layer of convenience. This provides more than 30 days of hands-free cleaning, really tapping into the “set and forget” appeal of robot vacuums for those that need all the time they can get.
While there are many other ways to automate your home during working hours, this is perhaps the easiest and most valuable way to streamline the home office. A clean and tidy environment is always going to lead to a clearer headspace, and hence more productivity, which is why it’s well worth investing in something that’s going to do the tasks you won’t have time for.