Remote work brings with it many challenges. It can become more difficult to juggle your personal and professional lives, and it can be isolating being away from the people you’re working closely with. As a freelancer or digital nomad, these challenges will be nothing new, and you likely will have already found some effective coping mechanisms to suit your working style. However, one problem that is often present and overlooked when working remotely, in private or in public, is the factor of external noise. There are so many different common types of domestic noise pollution that can affect our ability to remain focused on the task at hand. But fortunately, there are just as many ways you can limit these distractions. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the most effective ways to soundproof your office area when working remotely, to keep you working to the best of your abilities.
Make Sure Your Computer is Set Up in a Quiet Place
Having a designated, quiet spot for your desktop or laptop is the best way to get the most out of it, and the first step to ensuring you can work in peace. With the right setup in a peaceful area, you can reach maximum efficiency.
If you’re at home, you may have the luxury to choose from several different rooms. Though picking a quiet space is important, it’s not the be all and end all – there are other factors to consider too to help you create a serene working environment. Even if your workspace isn’t very large, there are ways to create a calm atmosphere conducive to productivity. Ensure you find a spot with plenty of natural light, comfortable furniture and seating, and adjustable settings to make sure all your work needs are met.
Use Soundproofing Materials and Items
On top of choosing the right area to set up your computer and workspace, it’s possible to reduce external noise entering any office by changing its design with soundproofing materials.
Noise can enter a room from just about anywhere, but it’s important to consider where it’s most likely to be coming from before you make any changes. Features such as windows, doors, walls, floors, ceilings and air vents can all allow sound through, so think about which of these areas needs addressing. For instance, if most of the noise is coming from external traffic or neighbours, think about soundproofing the walls and windows. Whereas if the noise is predominantly coming from your housemates upstairs, think about modifying the ceiling, and so on.
There are many different soundproofing items and materials on the market, from furring strips, to heavy rugs and curtains, to insulation – you can even buy specialist types of noise-absorbing paint. Do a little research to find an option that’s right for you and your budget, and you will be helping to create that ideal working environment.
Invest in a Good Pair of Headphones
If you know you’re going to be moving around a lot, and are unlikely to be working in the same private space throughout the week, you may be reluctant to commit to making any structural or design changes to soundproof your office. Instead, noise-cancelling headphones could work just as well.
Using a good pair of headphones will go a long way to minimising external noise distractions, which can ultimately help to improve your productivity. It’s a relatively cheap solution, and best of all they can be used just about anywhere, perfect for digital nomads who like to work in different spaces.
Article written by Mavis Miller