Welcome to the third post in the Corona series –
Your home workspace.
If you haven’t worked from home before, you might be struggling a bit with the new need to do so.
Where is the best place for you to create your workspace these days?
I suggest a need-based approach:
- Decide on the level of privacy and separation:
- Do you prefer to sit in a room where you can close the door and isolate yourself from the rest of the family for a while?
- Or do you need to have eye contact with your kids while you are working?
The answer depends on the age of your children and both your and their needs.
- Find a location that has the perfect privacy level you prefer.
- Figure out how to create there a workspace for yourself.
- You decide that you need a private spot. Where you can close the door and isolate yourself from the rest of the family for a while.
- Your best option for this is, for example, one of the children’s rooms.
- See how you can allocate a workspace in the room. It might mean moving some piece of furniture to another place for a while or putting equipment away for storage for the time being.
I prefer not to locate a workspace in your bedroom. I think it is super important to keep some separation between work and your private life. Now, even more than ever.
If you have young children, the common area of the house will probably be the best choice. In this case, give a moment of thought to the following question.
- Should you add a work desk, or can you use the dining table when it is not being used for dining?
As most of us need only our laptop for working, the couch/sofa can also be a cozy option for specific times.
Another critical point is to try and differentiate “work time” from “play, leisure, cooking, home chores… time”.
This can be challenging, mainly if you use the same places for both your “home” and “work” time.
To help differentiate, you can use an agreed sign that states you are working now.
You can put on a hat, an apron, a red pullover.
Or a sign that reads “Work time” you hang on the door or place on the table when it becomes your work desk.
In the picture – my private workspace on the kitchen table.
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Take care and stay safe,