I’ve been self-employed for quite a while now and honestly, I love it. Working from home is amazing however as you have no office as such to go to and no boss making sure you’re on time or making sure you are doing all your work it can be easy to drift away from work and procrastinate. I now have a space in my home which is my office, I try to keep to a schedule and when I’m at my desk it’s my time to work. It’s in the quietest part of my home and free from distractions, however I love working at my desk as I’ve decorated in a way which keeps me motivated.Having a designated area to work means I don’t become too distracted and even though my chair is comfortable which boosts my productivity I know I’m not so comfy like the sofa or my bed that I’m going to fall asleep in the middle of replying back to an email. I have worked from my bed in the past when I’ve been feeling unwell but I only tend to do this when I’m not well enough to get up but have deadlines coming up, otherwise it can make me feel a little lazy. Keeping motivated can be hard when you’re on your own so that’s why there are a few different things I have in my work space to keep me motivated and feeling creative. As you may have noticed I have lots of different prints and a few of my favourite photos on the wall, I love having it colourful and I do change these around every now and then to just change it around and have it looking slightly different. I love the wellington boot picture on the desk with my Cogsworth and Dumbo Tsum Tsum too, having lots of different things that I love on my desk keeps me motivated and creates a relaxed environment to work in. You are unable to see in the photo but I’m right next to a window which is another thing that really helps as I can easily get some fresh air when needed and I love to see the rain when it falls, it’s also great for general well-being. Also I have a drawer in my desk which has all my essential such as post-it notes, pens, pencils and my planner so everything is easily accessible.
As you may of noticed I don’t actually have any distractions in my work space area, there’s no TV in the room and no other electricals apart from my cameras. If I had distractions then I would be less motivated so wouldn’t get as much work done so I like to keep my space creative but without distractions to keep me productive. Working at a desk all day can be pretty tiring so I always go into the living room to have lunch and most of my breaks, then when I come back I normally spray some perfume to refresh myself and get straight back to work. One other point I’d like to add is to make sure you have enough lighting in your room especially at this time of year, as the darker nights draw in it can really strain your eyes and make you more sleepy so investing in a light can be quite helpful. If you have any tips about making your workspace work for you!