If you’re freelancing full time, you’re probably spending anywhere from 5-8 hours a day or more in your home office.

With so much of your day being spent in one place, wouldn’t you want that place to affect you as positively as possible? I know I would.

That’s why creating a healthier home office is so important. Not only will it help you live a longer life, it can also increase your productivity allowing you to take on more work, or enjoy some extra free time.

Now, you may be thinking that your home office set-up doesn’t affect you that much. I mean, as long as you get your work done, what’s the big deal, right? Wrong.

You’re home office can affect your health in several ways. Tuts+ helps explain how your home office can affect you and offers some great solutions that will help ensure you live a long and happy freelancing life.

How Your Home Office Affects You

Your home office affects both how you feel and how much work you get done. With a good ergonomically sound office you’ll do more and feel better doing it. Ergonomics is the science of making objects and spaces safer and more efficient.

Studies show that workers with better designed offices tend to get more done. For example, a year-long study conducted by the Carlson School of Management shows that the productivity of workers who replaced their office chairs with a treadmill improved noticeably. That’s just one type of ergonomic improvement that can be made.

A poorly set up office can even affect your health. Here are some examples of common problems:

  • work-related muscular skeletal disorders (WMSD)
  • neck strain
  • shoulder pain
  • wrist pain
  • lower back pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • elbow pain
  • eyestrain due to poor lighting
  • stress due to noise or clutter

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Be sure to check out the full article and see how you can solve the most common problems of an unhealthy home office setup.

Read the full article at Tuts+.