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How to Create a Comfortable Work From Home Environment
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Beth Derrick
April 2019
Writing
Contributor
Written by
Beth Derrick
April 2019
Writing

I think a lot about, and spend a lot of time working from home. I've also spend a lot of time working in offices, since I was freshly 16 years old. It's something I appreciate the opportunity to do, as well as think a tremendous amount of time about how to enable others to do the same, if they so desire. Who wouldn’t love to work from home? You get to do something you love without leaving the house with the flexibility of working when it’s most convenient for you. Through this experience, I've learned that as great as this type of lifestyle can be, if your home is not set up for comfort, your work will suffer. It is essential for freelance writers and other remote workers to create an environment that fosters your creativity and productivity. 

Where you work has a major impact on how creative and productive you can be in a day. In your house you have more control over your surroundings whereas, in an office, you’re only able to control the conditions of your work station. Use these benefits to your advantage to make your home the perfect place to live, and work.

Do a Thorough Cleaning

Clutter and disorganization are the worst when it comes to being creative and productive. Often, amongst my 5+ projects going at a time, my desk can get in quite the state of disarray. A messy desk makes it harder for you to find what you need, a disorganized or messy home leaves your mind wandering to the large list of chores you should be handling. You can reduce the clutter in your mind and have a more comfortable working environment by simply cleaning the entire house and getting rid of all the clutter.

Safety is a Priority

Your working environment should not only be clean but should be as safe as possible. Just as an office building would have security measures they follow to keep their employees secure, you should do the same in your house. Whether that means installing driveway gates and security cams or repairing tripping hazards like loose flooring and railings, your safety is essential to your comfort and continued productivity.

Find a Quiet Space

Many people imagine working at home to be a relaxing event, and it can be, but not in the way of laying in bed and watching movies all day. You might be tempted to grab your laptop and sit in the living room or bedroom, but these are not conducive to your productivity. Soon, you’ll find yourself wanting to take extra naps or catch up on the latest television series and your writing goes to the back burner. Having a designated space for writing that’s away from the noise and other distractions make it easier for you to concentrate on your craft. So, choose an area or room in your house that’s peaceful during the day.

Good Lighting

Were you aware of the impact that lighting has on your level of productivity? The amount and type of lighting in any given space can have both physical and psychological effects on you. Dim or not enough light can result in eye strain or damage from the bright light on the computer screens. Too many fluorescent or high-intensity lights, on the other hand, could cause a headache and distractions. Not having enough exposure to proper lighting can also dampen your mood. So, try to create your working environment in a part of your house that has access to lots of natural light.

Decorate and Personalize

The final phase of making your home a place that’s also conducive for work is decorating and personalizing it. This is where you get to have fun incorporating pieces that are unique to your style and personality that help to enhance your creativity and inspire you. You can look for original paintings for sale to hang on the wall, add a few plants, shelves for storage, and other decorative pieces to make the space yours.

You have what lots of people dream of - the freedom to earn a living from home. In order to capitalize on the benefits of working remotely, you have to create a working environment in your house that is safe, comfortable, organized, and free from distractions. This then allows you to put your best foot forward daily to hone in on your craft and earn a decent living.

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