If you regularly freelance from home, then you’ve no doubt given at least some aesthetic consideration to the area which is, or should be, specifically for that purpose. After all, no one wants to work in a dreary, uninspiring, and uncomfortable atmosphere.
Finding that balance between the functional and the favorable doesn’t have to be a chore. For every stressful one step back, take two creative steps forward as you redesign and refresh your freelancing workspace.
A desk is a must for the sake of efficiency, and it doesn’t have to be expensive! There’s the standard sit-down desk that everyone’s used to, which works well if all you need, in addition to your PC/laptop, are some drawers and a place for a printer/scanner. If you’re more of a “modern minimalist”, you might want a standing desk.
I suggest getting an L-shaped desk if possible. The additional space can be particularly convenient if you regularly switch between different tasks. For example, some of the work I do has reference materials that I need to access quickly. So, one part of my desk is devoted to my PC/keyboard, another part to my lamp, printer, and scanner, with the other part set aside for those reference materials as well as additional files.
Gone are the days when you’d just have to settle for a standard desk chair (with or without rollers). Long hours spent in those chairs would inevitably lead to tired backs and legs. Now, manufacturers put an emphasis on ergonomics – note, though, that for all their comfort, these chairs can be expensive. For more information on choosing a chair that’s great for your body and your wallet, peruse this guide.
Love that light…
Sure, PCs and laptops emit their own luminescence, but your overall workspace should be evenly lit in order to prevent eye fatigue. During the day, consider having some natural light filter in through nearby windows. Desk lamps are convenient in terms of space, but floor lamps really add that extra something to an entire room. I prefer the natural glow of standard lightbulbs, but halogen lamps are another option to consider.
Plants add vibrancy to a workspace, as well as other merits. Caring for plants via watering and pruning can be a stress-relieving break during a busy workday. If you’d like a fast-growing houseplant that’s easy to maintain, consider getting a spider plant. Their little offshoots can be rooted in soil to create more plants, which, when placed in decorative pots, make great gifts for loved ones. Yet another idea is to have a philodendron, a lovely green plant that also is a natural air cleaner.
Ditch the distractions…
Wherever and however you choose to bring your ideal workspace into fruition, the décor should be motivational, but not to the point of distraction. In all honesty, the computer/laptop can serve as quite a time-consuming source of procrastination in and of itself, as we all know. Keep wall colors simple – white goes with everything, but calming pastels are nice to consider, too.
Tip: vision boards check all the boxes when it comes to adding mindful, motivational décor. For more information on all things vision board, be sure to check out my post, “How Vision Boards Can Help Freelancers.”
It goes without saying, but noise is a no-no in an optimal workspace, whether it’s for freelancing or not. Conversations, traffic, all those things which would take away from your focus should be mitigated as much as possible.
Noise cancelling headphones, phone on buzzer, set don’t-contact-me-unless-it’s-of-the-utmost-urgency working hours, can all contribute to a more peaceful vibe. Remember, the perfect freelancing space should increase your productivity, and improve your workday mood!
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