Do you work from an armchair? Or the dining room table?
Do you find you forget things and find it hard to concentrate?
It is very difficult to stay organised as a home worker unless you have a dedicated space, ideally a dedicated room. And by dedicated I mean dedicated to your work and exclusively yours; sharing your creative space is rarely a good idea.
The Armchair Office
If you have a laptop computer this feels great, but there are problems, not least with your health. It is difficult to get the uninterrupted quality time you need when you are working in the family living room, too.
The Kitchen Table Office
When I started working online this is where I worked; it’s a disaster. No peace and quiet, having to clear away every meal time and being tied into everyone else’s routine.
The Desk in a Bedroom Office
You can make this work if the bedroom is tidy. A spare bedroom is fine; one you sleep in is not. The desk ends up as a dumping place for clothes, money, junk and receipts.
The Shared Home Office
This is no solution at all. You share your space, have other people’s stuff dumped on your desk, have noise when you need silence and you are unable to organise your space as you want it.
The Spare Room Office
This is the only way you can make a success of working from home. If you are serious about working from home then you need to set aside a room for your exclusive use while you are working.
Having a dedicated room as your working space also means that you can walk away to chill out at the end of the day.
My Perfect Office
I have a dream of setting up a garden office in a timber building in my back garden. It will be about 20ft x 10ft with a bathroom in one corner and windows on 3 sides. It will have a sink and kettle for making tea.
I will have 3 workstations at different desks, each dedicated to a different part of my online work. There would be a 28in monitor, wireless keyboard and trackball at each desk. There will only be one chair, because nobody else will be allowed in and more than that would look cluttered.
There will be blinds on the windows for when the light is too bright and two multiple LED spotlight fittings in the ceiling to give plenty of light in the winter at a low cost.
Most important for me are whiteboards for short-term and strategic planning purposes, to-do lists and to keep track of where I am up to in each project.
I would keep one for flow charts that can be photographed quickly. These would give me unique images in my blog posts and be genuinely helpful to me and to my readers.
I can use Excel for planning, but prefer to be able to see everything at a glance while I am working, so whiteboards work best.
What does your dream office look like?
Where do you work now?
Is your work suffering because of your poor work environment?
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