3 Key things you should have in a personal workspace
March 7th, 2020 by Brown Traci
Building your own personal office/study in your home so that you can work remotely as and when you need to, or perhaps to focus and put some more effort into a freelance project that you’ve got running on the side to your main source of income? To help ensure that you stay as productive as possible and keep in with the best chances of success, take a look at this shortlist of three key things that you should have in a personal workspace.
The right equipment
While the majority of great ideas could perhaps come from just a pen and paper, if you’re serious about building a competent home office or workspace, you need to ensure that you’ve got some of the essentials nailed down. Depending on the sorts of software that you’ll need to get the job done efficiently, a high-end computer that suits your specifications and requirements will make a world of difference. You might also decide to invest in some other office equipment such as a printer or scanner, for example, again if these are the sorts of things that you need and will save you time and money in the long run. This way, you won’t need to rely on others or spend money when you need to send or print something.
If you’re a freelance writer, for example, doing blog posts and articles as a secondary or primary source of income, you might find that a simple set up will be all you need to get going, but there are still some things you should think about. Having a desk set up that is comfortable, for example, with a good quality chair and a mouse and keyboard that won’t cause unnecessary strain will help to stop you from getting uncomfortable when you’re sitting down and working away for long periods. One of the benefits of working from home is that you can be comfortable in the space, and so use this to your advantage.
An organized and calm working environment
Cluttered work environments can negatively affect your concentration, and so strip back your desk space and start from scratch, only including the things that you desperately need. This doesn’t mean that your workspace has to be sterile and boring, however. You could choose to personalise your space a bit more than you perhaps would at the workplace, and indulge in some different things, like plants or warm lighting. If making the right choices, these can have positive effects and calming and relaxation.
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A clear line between work and play
Freelance work is typically a lot more fluid than the average 9 to 5 job, giving you the freedom to work as and when you want and on your terms. While this can have a huge range of benefits that might outweigh the cons largely, there is however, the risk of blurring the lines between when you should be working and when you shouldn’t be. Depending on the workflow that you have mapped out, make a schedule where possible, and try to stick with it to ensure that you are working when you should be, and taking time to yourself when you should be, too.
Another step that you should take is separating distractions from your lounge area, for example, from the space that you work in, and drawing clear boundaries. Again, if you have a sleek, modular living space, then it should make it easier for you to differentiate between when you should be working and when you should be taking time to recharge, relax and spend time with your friends and family. Remember, the quality of your work is affected adversely by the amount of time that you spend recuperating and resting, and so sometimes working overtime or through the night isn’t always the answer.