How to Create A Functional Home Office

 

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One of my mentors once said “To engage in quality thinking, you have to think S.M.A.R.T”. In this case however, the ‘S’ in the acronym stands for SPACE. You need space to think and create.

Just like most homes have designated spaces for cooking, doing laundry and eating, as creatives, having a designated work space is key.

Whenever you’re in your “zone”, you can bet you’d be much more productive than if you haphazardly tried to work on your bed, kitchen counter or anywhere else and trust me, I’ve been there.

I’m currently working on creating a specific place in my apartment where I can do all my work - blogging, photography and design. My makeshift office at the moment is my bed and as you must have guessed, it’s not ideal.

I’m easily distracted, my back begins to ache after some time and I usually drift off to sleep. I realized very quickly that I NEED a home office, somewhere I can go to do focused work.

Initially, I didn't have a clear picture of what I wanted the space to look like, I just knew I wanted something both functional and stylish. A place with a desk, comfortable chairs and just enough accessories that subtly fuel my creativity.


Tips on creating a functional home office:

  • Find a good spot

  • Get the basics and tools

  • Motivate yourself

  • Make it pretty


  1. Find a good spot

Whether it’s in a corner of your home, your bedroom, a closet or even a rented office space at a location away from home, it’s a good idea to find a designated area for working. When you have a set area, you know that it has a purpose - work.

2. GET the basics & TOOLS

Referring back to the earlier acronym, the ‘M’ stands for materials.

You obviously need to have basic home office supplies once you have found a designated spot to setup your office. You also need tools to work with for your creative projects.

Photographers need editing tools and client management platforms; designers would require graphic design tools - ranging from free to paid tools; bloggers need good content management platforms, planning and scheduling tools.

If you don’t already have them, consider getting some and you’re another step closer to building your functional home office.

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3. MOTIVATE YOURSELF

There’s a reason you create. You started your blog or business to achieve something incredible.

It could be to make more money, hone your passion or even to simply keep yourself busy as a stay-at-home parent.

Whatever that reason was, you need to keep a constant reminder of why you started in the first place. Truth is, you won’t always be at the top of your game or “feel like” creating - but I’ve found that keeping subtle reminders around can motivate and help get you back in the groove.

Consider framing quotes that apply to you or your business or putting up a vision board. Sometimes, placing photos of your loved ones around you while you work can be great motivators.

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4. make it pretty

We all like a good looking office space. When you create yours, bring in some pieces that reflect you.

Think of how to decorate around your desk, computer and chair. Whether it’s hanging wall art, putting up a pegboard for your craft/ DIY supplies or turning your bare work area into a chic space.

Get creative with a pegboard organizer, or this DIY geometric painted cork board.

 

DO YOU HAVE A WORK SPACE FOR YOUR CREATIVE PROJECTS?

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