Your “dedicated space” doesn’t have to be a Pinterest-worthy home office. It could be a card table in your bedroom, an old door suspended by cinderblocks, or even your kitchen table nudged out of sight from the refrigerator. You get the idea.
Creating one place to work will help you focus. It signals to your body when it’s time to get down to business. If possible, try to choose a space that avoids distractions (like your TV!). For some, particularly those sharing a space, it may be hard to minimize disruptions. Work out a system with your roommates or family members, such as putting up a sign when you need to take calls.
What else do you need in your workspace? Good Wi-Fi is hands-down the most essential tool. If your connection is lacking, consider sitting close to your router or plugging your computer directly into an ethernet cord. If your budget allows, the following luxuries can help you emulate a space similar to a traditional office:
- Natural light: Studies show daylight can boost your energy levels, productivity, and health. If you don’t have a window nearby, consider working outdoors when you can.
- A second monitor: If you’re comparing documents, or need to multitask, consider adding a dual monitor. This is shown to increase productivity by 20 – 50%.
- Simple backdrop: Particularly for those working in small spaces, it may be hard to avoid clutter and distractions in the background. In a pinch, try hanging up a sheet behind you for a polished image while taking video calls.
- Noise-canceling headset: Block out the background sounds with a good pair of headphones. Bonus — if they have a microphone, your audio will come across clearer on calls.
- Standing desk and comfortable chair: Avoid spending eight hours hunched over a computer. A standing desk will allow you to move your body, and an ergonomic chair will protect your back.
- Decor that lifts your spirits: Sprinkle things that spark joy around you. A photo from your last vacation. A candle that makes you feel at ease. Make the space one that refreshes your heart and mind.
Remember: no gadget is more important than the brilliance you bring to your work.