There are so many beautiful advantages to working from home (or from wherever you want). It’s the dream you’ve worked for – for so long!
The truth is, when your home life and work life meld together, the results can be amazing – but also a little distracting at times. That’s why it’s so important to set up a designated workspace that’s separate from the rest of your daily life and routines.
The best part is, you don’t need a huge separate wing of your home – most of us don’t have that, anyway! There are still plenty of powerful ways to create a separate space, even just energetically, and set up a mindful workspace of your very own.
Here are 5 things to keep in mind as you create your mindful workspace.
1. Create a specific space for work.
Sure, it’s so convenient to use the dining table, the kitchen counter, or a coffee table. After all, they’re right there, where you probably love to hang out at home. At first, it sounds perfect.
But there’s actually a much better way! Allocate a specific space in your home that’s just for work, and stick to it. This might include setting up a studio out of your garage or in a spare room in your house.
If these arrangements aren’t possible, find a way to divide a room into two and allocate just one part of that room as your workspace. It’s worth investing in a beautiful room divider, a curtain – or temporarily hang a sheet or blanket while you search for something that inspires you.
What’s most important is that you feel a different energy and mindset when you step into your workspace. Your creative mindset can switch on as you think to yourself, “Now it’s time to get to work in this beautiful, peaceful space.”
2. Set boundaries.
You’ve probably already noticed how your home and your office can easily start to flow into one another. At first it might seem convenient, but after a while you’ll find that it’s vital to set some boundaries.
Experiment with setting aside hours only for work, just as you would if you worked in a typical office building. If at all possible, don’t simply settle for cramming work into the free moments at home (though it might feel tempting sometimes). Don’t be shy when you remind your family members and loved ones that you’re at work, and your space is off limits during this time. Soon enough they’ll be used to the new routine, too.
You might also consider getting a computer for your work that’s completely separate from your family/personal computer. It keeps things neatly organized, and your brain will have a way of switching into work mode when you open up your work computer. You’ll love it!
Other boundaries to experiment with can include no eating at your desk, and scheduled break times, too.
This one is extra fun (and my personal favorite)! It’s time to decorate your workspace with anything and everything that inspires you.
You can add some inspiration and color to the walls with mood boards, prints, posters, motivational quotes and other art, or maybe something special you’ve been working on.
Have you seen the amazing workspaces with entire walls made of corkboard, whiteboard, or a chalkboard? The only limit is your imagination!
When it comes to decor, create a vision for your lamps, rugs, or maybe an unconventional desk chair. Low-maintenance indoor plants can also be an inspiring addition if the lighting in your workspace can sustain them. Bonus: they’ll freshen up the air, too!
Don’t forget about storage – even crates, baskets, and bins can be beautiful and add to your mindful workspace.
4. Set up a space for productivity
It’s time for some of those nitty-gritty details that make your mindful workspace productive.
What kind of equipment and supplies do you need, and how will you store them in your space?
Think about how you work throughout the day, and consider having your most important items stored nearer to where you’ll be seated, and less important things stored further away.
What kind of organisation systems will you implement? Even color-coded filing systems can be beautiful (not to mention filing cabinets). Maybe you’d love some floating shelves to keep papers away from your creative space. Invest in a label-maker if you need to.
The goal is to keep your space free and clear for your inspiration and creativity – not cluttered up with papers, mail, and more.
5. Consider your environment
Pause for a moment in your workspace and think deeply about how it makes you feel. Ideally, you’ll be able to concentrate and be productive. For most of us, natural sunlight will be best – it’s easier on your eyes and can lift your spirits throughout the day. Consider moving your desk or table closer to a window.
How’s the noise level? Some of us creative thinkers love the hum of some kind background noise, while others need it to be perfectly quiet for optimal inspiration.
Do you prefer a warmer or cooler temperature? It’s a matter of personal preference – whether you work best in a temperate that’s warm and toasty or cool and crisp, try to make it happen!
How’s your energy level throughout the day? Depending on what you’re creating, maybe you’d love a standup desk for an added challenge to keep you alert. These are the little details that take your workspace from adequate to mindful.
Once you’ve created your mindful workspace, don’t be afraid to switch it up.
You also might decide to build in a routine for re-organizing your workspace. Your mindful workspace can always be adapting and changing – just as you evolve as a creative maker and shaker. Maybe just take 15 minutes every so often to move a few things around and continue to experiment and become inspired!
How about you – what do you love most about your workspace?
What do you have your eye on changing?
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