When you work from home, your job is probably well-defined: After all, you are responsible for your own plan and I bet you rock at it. But working hard and getting good results can be harder than it sounds. One of the best ways to ensure your success is to create a work environment that encourages you to work hard and discourages you from stressing out or procrastinating. If you’re looking to redefine your workspace to prioritize business success, here are some important tips.
Have Natural Light
Harsh lighting can make it difficult to stay focused. If you can, place your workspace somewhere with good, natural light, like from a window. If you don’t have a location like that in your home, at least make sure that you’re using plenty of lamps to keep the room bright. Plants can help it feel more natural in your workspace, and mirrors can help reflect light and brighten the room. All of these things can keep your energy levels high as you work.
Make Sure It’s Comfortable
There’s nothing that kills a work session harder than when your body starts protesting. Use ergonomic keyboards and mice to prevent your wrists from cramping up. Consider glasses with blue light filters to keep your laptop screen from giving you a headache. And if you’re going to spend a lot of time working, a standing desk can be a great way to take the pressure of your spine. Best Reviews has a great article on the most sturdy work surface available, which is a great read if you’re picking out a desk for your new workspace.
Decorate It to Inspire You
The point of a good work station is that it inspires you to work rather than procrastinate. For that reason, you should decorate your work station in a way that focuses on work. This may mean different things for different people. It could mean hanging inspirational quotes up around your computer. Or perhaps it means hanging up photos of people who inspire you, or a vision board for your future business goals. Whatever it is, you want your décor to remind you to get back on task during those moments when you’re tempted to surf Facebook or YouTube hop.
Keep It Tidy
It’s impossible to focus your mind if your surroundings are in chaos. Even if the rest of your home looks like a hurricane just blew through, make a point to keep your workspace sacred. Clean up after you’re done working, and if you’re in the middle of a long session, tidy up every time you get up to use the restroom. This habit ensures that your workspace stays tidy so that you can focus on what really matters: Your business goals.
Planners, calendars, and bullet journals are all created for one reason: To keep people organized. The more that you use outside organizational systems to stay organized, the less you’re relying on your head to keep track of dates, times, and priorities. That’s important because, during peak times like after the tax deadline in January, your brain can easily become overcrowded with priorities and to-do list. Not only does that ruin your productivity, but it can also lead to stress and trouble sleeping, both of which can interfere with your ability to close clients.
Stick to a System
So, pick a system that will work for you and stick to it, whether it be a bullet journal or a giant dry-erase calendar on the wall of your workspace. Make sure you also keep your notebooks for class and any books that you’re reading organized. It’s a good idea to have a small bookshelf in your workspace just for your business texts and notebooks. That way, the things that you need to study are always right where you need them to be.
Starting a successful business from home takes grit and determination. If you really are determined to do it, having a dedicated workspace can be a great way to trigger your mind to go into work mode when you need it to. Even better, it can help you let go of unnecessary work in between sessions, ensuring that your downtime is actually restful and relaxing. The key to booking success is not just to work constantly, but to achieve a healthy balance between work and relaxing so that your brain has time not just to gather information, but to assimilate it, reflect upon it, and understand it.