I envy people who say they can work anywhere including a simple corner of the kitchen counter.
That is certainly not me. If I work in the kitchen I see all the things I really need to clean; not to mention the fact that that proximity to the fridge is like inviting a moth to the flame.
It doesn’t have to be much, but it needs walls, a window and a door, separate from the men I love and the distractions that would keep me from ever producing and creating.
My coaching clients initially find it strange that I ask about their personal work space. Mainly because most have never been asked or thought about it before.
Once they do, the flood gates open and they realize, as I did, that personal work space offers the boost needed for changing your level of engagement.
My must haves:
What are your must haves? If your office is in your home, might I suggest facing your desk away from your living space, that is away from the things that remind you of dusting and vacuuming.
Investing in your work space is not selfish. In fact, I find it a loving gesture to myself, making me much more focused and energized when I move out of my bubble and onto a more public stage. It is comforting to know that when I am finished, I can return to my place of respite.
Experts often talk about the benefits of personal space. I am a proponent although there are also times that I choose to be in a shared workspace. Sometimes I need to have noise (to tune out) around me. That’s the old journalist in me that got used to loud newsrooms. I am especially fond of coffee shops for that reason even though I’ve never had a cup of coffee.
My point is this: Create an atmosphere of choice so that you have space to build and breathe life into the business you want or the stories you want to tell.