If you’re an online student or an entrepreneur, you probably know what it’s like to work from home. As someone who has recently become an online student, I know that it can be hard to find your groove at first.
You may have clicked on this article because you feel uninspired by your current workspace or you just want to change it up. Whatever it is that made you click, I can promise you that you will walk away with a workspace that you love, that inspires you to create work that you are proud of.
Here are five keys to creating your perfect workspace:
We all know that when we let our material things pile up, it stresses us out. So if you think of your ideal desk you likely think of an organized space. Personally, papers piling up is a signal to me that I am overwhelmed and feeling crushed by the amount of work I have to do.
So, how can you organize your workspace? Go minimalist. If you already have a desk you’re thinking of revamping, consider which things are your essentials and which things you could put somewhere else or donate. My essentials include my laptop, some notebooks, writing utensils and a few trinkets for personalization.
Without school I likely would have a few less essentials. But even with the number I have now, I still have a clean space with just enough for me to feel creative without feeling cramped.
Clear Your Space
Another way to minimize is to clear your space. You know how white space is an important part of creating an art piece? Well, turns out it’s also beneficial in a work space.
I find that when I don’t have space on my desk, or there’s too much on it, I get more stressed. See if you can invest in folders, drawers or trays for your essentials. Not only will it make your desk look more professional, but it will help you feel more confident in your work.
Personalize Your Space
The key to creating a workspace you love is to include things that remind you of your goals and reflect your personality. This could be in the form of a vision board on the wall above your desk, inspirational quotes, or trinkets.
One of my favorite things on my desk is a little trinket I got as a gift, Wall-e. It’s a mini children’s toy that reminds me to connect to love, be positive and see the world through the eyes of a child.
So what is that object for you? What will remind you of your goals or simply be a fun addition to your workspace?
Leave Work In Your Workspace
If you work from home, it can be easy to want to work from bed or the desk nearest to it, but that isn’t going to help you long-term. You have to get a routine, and get professional with it.
Work is for your workspace and vice versa. That’s not to say that you can’t enjoy a nice coffee shop workday every once in a while, but that’s just to say that where you work matters and it impacts your productivity as a result. Working from your bed seems nice, but when you get right down to it you need something more professional. After all, that’s where you sleep, not where you live.
If you have a designated workspace, the nice thing about that is that you can leave your stress there. The saying, “Don’t take your work home with you.” Can apply even when work is at home. It can help you develop a routine and keep work separate from your personal life, a line that can often be blurred as an entrepreneur.
Make Your Tech Work For You
You'll want to minimize distractions while you’re working, but that doesn’t have to mean that you ship your phone to Hawaii in order to be productive.
The secret is to make your tech work for you.
Get productivity apps like Trello or MinimaList to stay on track, and turn off notifications during your working hours. Use Google Calender to schedule your meetings and instead of browsing on Instagram, have a set time where you network if you’re an entrepreneur. But make sure you limit how long you network, as it’s easy to get carried away. Use IFITT to automate some of your tasks or Unroll.Me to organize your inbox.
Find ways to make your tech work for you and you’ll be working smarter, not harder.
Alright, I hope those tips helped you create a workspace that you’re in love with!
Share photos of your workspace in the comments with me! Or, tell me one thing you love about your workspace. I’m excited to hear from you!
Hope you have an amazing, productive day!