Having Your Own Workspace
When I started blogging two years ago the aim was to help me find a way, any way, to stay at home. I tried a few different things, took a few courses and found myself working as a Social Media Manager. I was able to leave my admin job and am now officially self employed. I thought I would start sharing some of the things I have learnt along the way.
I have spent enough time working from the sofa on my laptop, it has it’s benefits that’s for sure, but I have found it increasingly more and more important to have my own workspace and here’s why.
- Productivity. When I’m at my desk I work better and I do more, I’m less distracted, have everything I need around and that simple movement from sofa to desk makes me feel more like I’m at work. Mainly though, without those box sets to keep me distracted, I just get more done!
- Peace and quiet. I work from my conservatory, which is far from ideal but it’s the best space we had available and importantly I have door that not only can I close, I can lock. I would love my son to sit and play quietly whilst I work, but he is two, that’ll never happen. But when Daddy is home to watch him and I need to get something done, being able to literally lock myself away is a god send.
- Inspiration. Sometimes I struggle with motivation and inspiration, so my desk space is my hub. It is filled with all the things I love, from quotes I like, to amazing stationery, there’s lots of natural light and fresh air available. I up-cycled my shabby chic desk, so it couldn’t be more me, if there is anywhere I’m going to get my mojo back, it is at my desk.
- Having somewhere to go. Odd as it may sound I like having somewhere to go to work and somewhere to leave. If I’m working from the sofa and stop for lunch, then I’m still on the sofa. If I’m working at my desk and I stop for lunch then I go to the sofa and as such feel like I’m actually having a break. It make no real difference in the grand scheme of things, but in my mind it can make a world of difference.
- The dream workspace. I have made the best of a bad job with my workspace. With no spare room for an office my conservatory was my only option. It’s cold in the winter, hot in the summer. The glare on my screen is untrue. I share the room with the cat and it’s also technically the dining room. It’s where the coats and shoes get stored too. But it is mine and I keep making improvements, but that leads me to the dream workspace, the aim, the goal, the motivation. Little things like a proper office chair, a rest for my laptop and anti glare screen are all there but then there are the big goals, the garden office, with power sockets where I need them, blinds, heating and shelves, so many shelves. For me this will be when I know I have made it, when I can afford to build my garden office. That or when we have built an extension and I can have a spare room office, either or, I don’t mind!
If you work from home where do you work? What would your dream workspace be?