Since I work from home, I’ve gotten into optimizing my workspace and workflow. I wake up at 5am and get working by 5:40 and I work until about 11am. I’ve tried waking up at other times like 6am, 7am, 8am. But I’ve realized that going to bed at 9 or 10pm and waking up at 5am is optimal for me. Even on the weekends I try to stick to the 7-8 hours of sleep, usually going to bed at 10 or 11pm and waking up at 7am.
Since it’s still dark when I wake up, I use Flux on my laptop to make the screen orange. My eyes are really sensitive so this helps a lot.
Optimizing My Space
As far as my desk, I just have a cheap-o one from Walmart that works just fine for now. I have a chair we got from someone on Craigslist for $30. But the best upgrade so far has been this stand that let’s me put the laptop up higher so I can stand at my desk. My girlfriend got it for me for Christmas because I kept saying I wanted one and never bought it.
The standing desk has changed how I work, because now I feel tired when I’m sitting! At 5am, I’m still a bit sleepy but forcing myself to stand makes me feel much less tired than if I was sitting. I have calls sometimes at 6am and I will often sit for those, and I’ve noticed that I get tired if I’m sitting and I feel much better if I stand.
It’s this product if you want to see what it looks like ($40, Amazon, no affiliate link).
She also got my a wireless mouse which is 10x better than the tiny cabled one I used before. I tried using my old one recently and didn’t realize just how small it was.
I’m also planning to test out those yoga balls as a chair. It looks stupid, but if it can help my posture when I sit then I’m all for it. I slouch A LOT and I’m hoping the ball can help fix that. Once I get it, I’ll experiment with it for a month or so to see how it works.
Any other things I should consider testing out? I’m always looking for ways to be more productive 🙂