Working from home has definitely been glamourized and though there’s many perks (like comfy clothes), what if “home” isn’t the best place to actually work? You might have roommates, live with other family members, or have a small apartment with not much space to work with. No matter what your situation is, you deserve a space that fosters productivity and sparks joy. We’re here to help you curate your workspace so that you can get shit done with intention!
If you’ve been working from the bed, the couch, the floor, and other random places, you know how unsettling the day can be. You get fidgety, start thinking of other things that need to be done around the house, and distraction generally has you gripped at the collar. Environment is key to success so your surroundings should help and not inhibit you. Here are our tips to make space for work in your personal habitat.
1. Face a Window if You Can
Not only does the natural light keep your brain receptors flowing, but setting up by a window is a stellar way to make use of a small space and provides new scenery in a familiar environment.
2. Add a Plant
Plants can improve airflow and extract pollutants, which in turn improves energy and wellbeing. Let’s be honest, the right plant also can be a cute addition to your workspace selfies!
3. Organize Workspace Necessities for Efficiency
Desk clutter can be stressful and distracting to look at. Keep things tidy by only having what you need in your space. Desk essentials, such as an intent calendar for scheduling meetings or a small organizer that catches loose items, can upgrade your workspace and foster streamline performance.
4. Decorate, but Don’t Distract
Reuse an old greeting card, family photo, or art postcard to spruce up blank walls. The design on this abstract greeting card is an example of turning a thoughtful gift into intriguing wall art.
5. Keep a Work-Time Journal
This is another way to intentionally separate your personal life from work. With a dedicated intention journal, you’ll be less likely to get distracted because you’ll only see notes that pertain to work.
6. Locate Other Areas to Work
Sometimes you’ll need a break from your workspace, so knowing your work-time ”hot spots” can help you stay on track during the day. For instance, working in your favorite chair or at the kitchen table for just 30-45 minutes can boost alertness and keep boredom at bay.
7. Virtual Work Sessions With Friends
Does your workspace get lonely? Fill it up with positive vibes by having a virtual work sesh with your friends and get to the bag together. When you see your homegirls working too, you’ll be less likely to walk away from your desk and slide into your bed. Hold each other accountable while you each knock out your to-do list!
In addition to these tips, you might have to do some self-discovery to understand how you work best in your home. Be patient with yourself. You know the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” — and neither will your workspace. Find the spot in your home that will allow you to flourish and get busy making it feel like it’s yours. To help you get started, we are giving away a calendar and journal to add to your newly curated workspace! To enter, follow these instructions:
- Tag a friend in the post linked below
- Leave a comment sharing your favorite work from home tip!
Giveaway closes Friday, May 1, 2020. A winner will be announced on Saturday, May 2, 2020.
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