How to Define Your Workspace and Get Shit Done

Working from home sounds like the dream, but it’s hard to stay focused when you’re surrounded by distractions. Hauling off to coffee shops to get a focused workspace can get expensive and cumbersome. Try creating a dedicated space for concentration and creativity so you can be productive without leaving the house.

Get out of bed.

 You’re (probably) an adult. Quit expecting to be productive lying on your tummy. This is your life, not Saturday morning cartoons.


Get rid of your junk. 

Don’t try to display too many picture frames, succulents, and commemorative plaques on your desk. Save that space for actual work. Clear out junk drawers to improve functionality.

Give yourself space.

Keep an empty space to the right of your computer (or the left if you’re a lefty). It should be large enough for taking notes, signing documents, and whatever else you may need to do on paper. Leave yourself enough space to put your arms on your desk, and move your laptop around if you need.pexels-photo-1036808.jpg

Take an L.

 Literally. Try to create an L-shape with your workspace. Whether its an actual L-shaped desk, a desk and a table, a table and an end table, or even a desk and a windowsill. This will allow you to create two work zones: one for computer-related tasks, and one for when you go analog.

Let in some light. 

It’s best to work in light that’s as neutral as possible, not too warm, not too cool. This is especially important if you’re working on art or photography. You want to be seeing colors as true to their true hue as possible. If you can be near a window, that’s nice too.

Section it off.

Make your workspace separate from your living space. Even if you can’t do this with an actual door, try curtains or a divider. Or leave a few feet of space between your work area and the rest of your home. What’s more important is that you can mentally divide work time from chill time.

Get a plant. 

Oxygen is good for your brain.

By tvoutiritsas

I’m a writer. I live for fresh, creative, relevant, human-centric content. I currently work at Andrews McMeel Universal, where I write content for digital products. I’m also a co-creator of The Semi-prose project, an incubator and archive of creative writing. On the side, I review manuscripts for authors and screenwriters, and I run a personal blog for my own sanity. In a past life, I worked as a writing consultant and an editorial assistant at New Letters Magazine and The American Educational History Journal. I graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a B.A. in English Language and Rhetoric, and a minor in Manuscript, Print Culture, and Editing. I know that’s a mouthful. In short, I’m an unapologetic word nerd.

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