Working from Home Challenge: Space to Work Productively

by AmbroWe’ve been overwhelmed by the response we have received for this series of blog posts and would like to take a moment to thank you all for taking time to provide your comments and feedback. It’s a fantastic feeling when we hear from people who can relate to the scenarios that we write about. Our aim is not to preach how you should do things, but merely provide suggestions and ideas that you can implement into your business and lifestyle. We want to show an understanding that we’ve been where you are too, and these posts are here for us to share what we have learnt as a remote business.

So without further ado, it’s time to share with you our final instalment of the Working from Home Challenge.

This week, we want to look at what space you have available. What areas within your environment are suitable for you to ‘set up camp and start work’ and be productive within that space.

You hear how most entrepreneurs started from their bedroom! This is no lie for many.  A member of our Remote Associates Team – Michelle Gibson, did exactly that. Whilst still living at her parents house and holding down a part-time job, she spent many an evening at her desk in her bedroom building her business to lead onto the success that it is today. (She has her own office now! – Go Michelle!)

However, there are things that you do need to take into consideration:-

Is your work environment impacting on your health and safety?

You need to make sure that you are sitting comfortably, that your computer is positioned correctly and that you take regular breaks! Get up from that desk, sofa, dining room table, breakfast bar stool or sun lounger and move about! When you work from home your work space will be what you have available, however it doesn’t get assessed by someone with a health and safety check-list, so make sure you do all that you can so that your chosen working environment does not impact on your health.

Is your work space located where you can be productive?

If you find that you work in the evenings from the dining room table, is this really the best place to position yourself due to family feeding time?  Do you have your desk in your living area where you could be disturbed by those that are watching TV or the kids are playing with their toys. If you have a workspace that is quite and away from clutter and distractions, you will find you are far more productive.

Don’t take over the house!

After all, your house is your home! It’s a place for you and you loved ones to have sanctuary, security and a healthy, happy lifestyle. Therefore, you need to make sure that you can separate your work/living space so that when you have time off you don’t feel as if you’re in the office, which can sometimes have an impact on your nearest and dearest. Nobody wants you in ‘work mode’ 24/7.

As your business grows, you may eventually have to have a dedicated work space/office, so this is something to consider.

If you are a remote worker, where do you work from in your home? Is there somewhere that you find you are more productive? Perhaps you find it difficult to create your work space?

We would love to hear from you!

~ Hayley and The Remote Associates Team

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