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5 Ways to Finding Your Space in Your Home Office
First of all, congratulations for thinking about how your working space affects you, your business and your family.
I’ve always had a home office, even when I worked full time. As an author and entrepreneur, I needed one, I thought. It was tucked into one corner of the living room, my iMac and walls plastered with planners and countdown stickers added to the ambience of the home. Not.
But, my friends would ask incredulously, “How on earth do you write, publish and promote your bestsellers from here?” I know they were thinking, this is a mess. But fortunately, I didn’t let my readers into my home office – then.
The secret way in which I used my home office, was called time travel. Oh ok, I’m not really Diana Gabaldon in disguise.
So here are my five ways that will help you to find your pace and space in your home office:
1. Find time.
The key to finding my pace in that home office was called ‘4.00 am’. I worked on my book or whatever project I had, from 4.00 am to 6.00 am, every project morning. While that was successful, I’m not at the Tim Ferris’ 4-hour workweek, as yet. And 2 hours of uninterrupted work a day is inadequate, to say the least.
As the year rushed to its end, I got the call from work one day, more or less saying, “We love you dearly, but your position is now redundant.”
Now it was time to get serious about this home office business. Short of calling in Marie Condo and the local Feng Shui expert, now that I was at home all day, the corner of the living room was not going to cut it. Neither were the 4.00 am starts, let’s face it, no one likes to get up at 4.00 am.
That guest bedroom was gone; I was taking it over, after all, it had huge views out of the window. So all the bedroom furniture was out, and a trip to IKEA was saved by paying online and picking it up from the delivery counter at the exit of IKEA … No temptations.
By the end of the day, the standing desk was in front of the window, giving me great light to shoot videos and something to look out at when I needed a rest. A second screen helped with productivity, as did a new printer with enough black ink cartridges.
Bookshelves are a must, but in Marie Kondo style, they are not packed tight. There is enough space to add more books, especially more of mine when I write and publish them.
My space is clear and mostly tidy because I have the entire wardrobe, remember that this was a bedroom. I keep the doors closed, but if you open them, you will find them stacked with clear plastic bins, that are small enough to be opened in situ. And there is only one layer per shelf, so no bins stacked on one another.
4. Climb the walls.
Well, no. The whiteboards and vision boards had to wait for another day, but in the meantime, I put up pictures that I liked and were meaningful to me. I have a work award given to me 20 years ago, framed beautifully. It still has pride of place in my workspace. What do you have on your walls?
The wall behind me is the wardrobe wall. I can easily tack up backgrounds on it, to shoot videos sitting or standing at my desk, which makes for a lot of variety for my videos. Remember, whatever business you think you are in, you are really in the media business today, because if you are online at all, you are creating content and sharing it, that’s media.
I have severe warnings, and posters put up on my door, with my work timings and ‘Do Not Disturb’. Unless Trump had resigned or make that, the next Aussie PM flip-floppery occurs. Actually, not even that, I can only be disturbed if my granddaughter has arrived.
Oh, and the door has a lock that is used. I lock the door if anyone else is home to deter the casual chat and enquiry about where the towels are (which are where they always are, of course).
With these five minimums in place, you can now work through the day, and suddenly find the daylight fading out in front of you. Remember, your desk is facing the window.
Inevitably, when you have comfort and stretches of uninterrupted work, you will find your (s)pace in your home office.
Like me, I finished my novel in a month, and my initial edits in two days. Pity about the plot holes … I’m digging myself out of those. Did I mention you needed a spade? Nothing keeps me down. Not even a home office without a chair. Did you notice that I left that out?
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