When you’re going through a household move as a remote worker, it presents some unique concerns. Not only are you going to be moving your own household goods, but you’re going to be taking along your whole office with you as well. This adds an entire other layer of stress that many people don’t have during their move.
Moving your primary office space into a new home takes some special consideration to cut down on stress, and make sure that any unplanned downtime is avoided. Here are four points to keep in mind:
There’s no way around it – with all the logistics and moving pieces (pun intended) surrounding the moving process, there’s only so much you can control.
However, that’s also why you have to be extremely organized with all of the things you can control. When moving your home office, this starts with never packing away anything that you absolutely need to have with you in order to work. This means that your computer, or any important files should travel with you and not in a moving truck.
Even once you’ve moved, you may be spending some time without your goods. Since moving trucks rarely follow you “door-to-door,” extra planning is essential for moving your home office. By making sure you keep all essential work items with you, you’ll avoid any unforeseen downtime. It helps if you can also try to keep your schedule surrounding your move light and can anticipate what projects you’re going to be working on ahead of time.
Sometimes, you have to bring in the reinforcements to help you keep your sanity. Employing a trustworthy moving company can be essential to preventing damage and delays when moving your home office.
If you have electronic equipment that you just can’t take with you for whatever reason, be sure to ask your moving company about their full service move options. If they offer a full service move, not only will they be able to pack everything up for you – saving you from spending more time away from work – but they will have suggestions, procedures and experience moving technical equipment and desktop hardware.
Thorough documentation is one of the best ways to minimize downtime when moving your home office. Knowing the precise arrangement of components and diagramming your layout in the new space will ensure an optimized arrangement.
Take pictures of your set up before breaking it down. If you can, put small tabs on cords and label which inputs they go to. You never realize how many similar looking cords and cables you have until you’re trying to put everything back together again – this is a tedious job, but you will be thankful you did it. Effective cord and cable management is a valuable skill when avoiding stress and wasting time untangling cords instead of working.
When you’re prioritizing what needs to be set up and unpacked, make sure your office is at the top of your list. Getting settled as quickly as you can is important when it comes to being fully productive in your new space. The above steps are great for getting organized quickly, but you also need to feel excited about your new space. Paint an accent wall, hang up new art, or just buy some flowers to put in a vase.
Find a way to make your new office space a peaceful oasis from the inevitable moving upheaval. Fun changes can also invigorate your work – when you work from home, there aren’t often a lot of big changes to your environment. So take full advantage of this one.