Just as our living space affects our lives, so our workspace affects our work.
Me and my laptop are enjoying settling in to a house with enough room for an office beautiful Barton Upon Humber after several a few months of living in my fiancée’s mother’s spare room. The lack of a place of our own was a more than fair price to pay for months of carefree(ish) travel, but it feels great to be anchored in one place once again.
A big part of that is my work space, without which I would feel lost, or at least a bit less focused on my work. It was lovely to write articles from the beaches of Fiji and the coffee shops of Cambodia, but there’s nothing quite like having your own space set up to write in.
Most importantly the space must be separate from where you sleep and have fun. That doesn’t always mean a special room; in my last home I just had a nook separated from the rest of the room by a wall, but there does need to be a distinction. I learned that the hard way.
It needs to be clean. It’s all too easy to let food wrappers, pots and documents build up on your desk or the floor, but this won’t help your productivity.
Define your boundaries, you can’t have your son’s mates using your new office as a chill-out zone if it distracts you. This might require a little affirmation but it will be better for everyone in the long run.
Last, but certainly not least, it needs to be somewhere you like being. Make it light and airy, maybe with the odd picture that motivates or calms you. Don’t put yourself in a dank dungeon or force yourself to work from a bare cell.