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Do you have a dedicated workspace to work in or do you work from your couch, dining table, or bedroom? While these options may be fine for first starting, finding a dedicated workspace to turn into your office will help with your productivity, lessen your distractions, and boost your self-confidence.“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur AsheClick To Tweet
In this article, you will see how having a dedicated workspace can increase your productivity.
Manage the Clutter
Think of your desk as having just one purpose: Completing money-making tasks that generate income. It’s not your craft table nor your dining table. It is not the throw-all table filled with the kids’ school papers and artwork. With this one thought in mind, take away everything that is not related to making money. Now is the time to purge the garbage, set up organization systems for your business, and shred the outdated documents. Once you assign that money-making mission, your focus and productivity will likely increase when you sit down to work.
Close Up Shop For The Weekend
Having a dedicated office space with a door allows you to close that door and focus on your personal life. You have the choice to continue working in the evening. There’s something symbolic and freeing about closing that door and not being forced to think about work. Your office door is a symbol to your family that indicates you’re working and are not to be disturbed. Learning to shut off your work brain to be present for those important people in your life can be difficult but it’s well worth the effort.
Improve Your Posture
While you may have the most comfortable recliner in the world, what is that position doing to your back and hips? Sitting for long hours, while balancing your laptop can do more harm than good. Purchasing a comfortable, ergonomically correct desk chair will aid your body and posture while also making your work hours more pleasant. Your body won’t feel as sore when you stand up and you might be able to put off seeing the chiropractor on a regular basis
Control Your Work Atmosphere
Does having music help you to focus on work or do you prefer dead silence? You can select either one or a mix of both when you don’t have to share the space with a partner or family member. Need some inspiration? Hang your favorite photos, quotes, or wall hangings. Your office is your space used for a specific purpose; saying no to your family members who try to encroach on this space is a way to set up healthy boundaries.
Boost Your Self-Confidence
Working from home can have negative connotations which filter down into our subconscious. You might get criticized for not have a “real” business or making “real” money. If you’re working from your dining room and have trouble focusing, you might start to believe these misconceptions. With a dedicated workspace or office, complete with wall hangings and a clear desk, you’ll start to feel like a “real” CEO running a “real” business. That confidence boost also carries through into your video marketing, your written content, and the conversations you have with your clients.
These five reasons may seem small and inconsequential, but they WILL help your organization skills, your productivity, and your self-confidence. And if you think you can’t possibly find the space for a dedicated office, search Pinterest for tiny office space ideas!
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