With so many of us working remotely, it’s time we take a look at our surroundings and make sure to maximize our space for its best use as a place to play, work, and relax. One of the biggest benefits of working from home is that you have control over most things, so incorporate these tips to turn your home into your very own live/work/thrive sanctuary.
1. Keep it Separate
If you try to do everything from getting a good night’s rest to delivering your best work all from your bed, you’re going to have some challenges. Even if your space is small, be sure to make the areas for work and rest separate. The best way to do this if you don’t have several rooms is to use a partition of some sort - bonus points if it's easy to move!
Use a whiteboard on wheels to keep track of your to-dos, your calendar, or a blank slate for brainstorm sessions. You can change it up, turn it around, write inspiring quotes on it, and move it from area to area to make different sections.
2. A Flat Surface
If you have room for a desk, definitely put one in your space. You can make a cost-efficient DIY desk out of a pallet, an old door, a wall-mounted desk, or virtually anything flat. If you don’t have the space for a desk, a laptop table is a great space-saving alternative that you can pull up to your couch or chair for a more ergonomic alternative to your lap. If you’re using your kitchen table, make sure to clear the space each morning before you get to work and remove it of your work supplies at the end of the day.
You don’t want to fall into the habit of eating and working at the same time - it sends mixed signals your brain, prevents focused attention, and can get sticky.
3. Make Room for Cozy
Your desk space (even if it’s makeshift) is for concentration, sitting up straight, and getting things done. But life is about balance, so it's important to have a space to take a break from your work and relax. This can be as simple as a comfy chair or a whole area dedicated to lounging. Include some soft lighting (versus natural light or desk lamps for your workspace) as well as soft pillows, a blanket, and anything that brings you cozy comfort.
Keep in mind that designing your space is just as important as what you do in it once you’re done. You may be tempted to do all your activities from one spot, but there’s something powerful about creating and utilizing different spaces for different activities, and by switching from one to another (even if it’s 150 feet away) we send the signal to our brains that we’re doing something different.
What’s your favorite part of your live/work space? Let us know in the comments!