When I started working at home my workspace was HORRID. I had a little tiny desk that was falling apart with things crammed everywhere: You can see it in the background here.
It was so bad that the little table the keyboard rests on was broken and would only pull out a little bit so you had to be very careful. That little table fell off more than once. However.. it was what I had and you make do with whatever you have. I do remember though how uncomfortable it was. If I needed to take notes it was quite comical. Typically I would just go use the kitchen table and run back and forth or just copy and paste whatever I needed into Word and then later forget where I saved my notes.
Thank goodness my husband bought me a new desk for Christmas!
Let me tell you! This made a world of difference! Not only in my ability to get things done easier and more comfortably but more importantly in my desire to get more done. It seems like having a good workspace makes me feel more professional even though I am at home. I suddenly didn't mind working for hours at a time. I enjoyed it! I FEEL like I am at work when I have all the little things handy, pens, pencils, my coffee cup, pictures of my kids, etc.
So, I think it is important to have a workspace that you feel good at. When people walk into my home and ask what I do, I can point to my little area and feel good about it and they no longer look at me like I have lost my mind. If you feel professional, you are more likely to act professional and more likely to succeed at whatever you are doing.
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