The benefit of having a workstation at home is that you can truly personalize it. This is your space to do whatever you want! Here is what getting work on at home looks like for me.
Although most things are digital, I still use notebooks to record some things. I remember things better when I physically write them down. Paper and ink make me feel a certain freedom that typing can’t.
I inject colour into my workspace with accessories like notebooks, mugs, mouse pads, and stationary holders. When it comes to stationary, plain colours aren’t an option for me. Think of the desk as a basic outfit and the things you put on it are accessories for dressing it up.
The great thing about your own home is that you can wear pajamas all day and nobody can judge you. Living in pajamas doesn’t have to be sad and drab. It can be fun, silly, and most importantly, comfortable! I have a theory that wearing colourful clothes or onesies helps the flow of creative energy.
I was gifted a pair of fuzzy unicorn pajama pants, and I’ve been living in them at home. Trust me, you’re missing out if you don’t own fuzzy, colourful pajamas.
Leggings and sweaters
But what if wearing nothing but pajamas isn’t good for productivity? Some days, I break the cycle with leggings and oversize sweaters. Still comfortable, but a change. If I have to run errands or go somewhere, I’d just leave the house like that. Today’s look is called “I tried”.
Desk product corner
I’m one of those people who will pick at any dry patches on their skin. It’s a bad habit I’ve been trying to get rid of.
I have a “self-care” corner on my desk where I keep hand cream, cuticle oil, and lip balm. Keeping them in reach reminds me to actually use them every now and then. When I was getting into the habit of using cuticle products, I kept one in my bag, a drawer at work, and on my nightstand. It’s harder to forget to use something when you see it often!
I need my natural light! I saw a friend’s home office that was tucked away in a dim, incandescent-lit corner of her living room. To me, it looked like the most miserable place to get stuff done. Having an attractive place to set up should be a priority and not an afterthought! Some people can work anywhere and everywhere, but I would find it hard to stay motivated if I had to work in a poorly lit corner.
I know plants and scented candles are also great for decorating a workspace. My desk isn’t too big, so I try to keep only the essentials around.
I’d probably keep more decorative items around if I ever get a bigger desk or expand my “home office” area.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in Life Outside of Design Studio and has been updated for accuracy and completeness.