Working from home is easy, right? I mean, you stay in your jammies, eat lots of junk-food, work maybe an hour, and the rest is fun all day long.
Pretty cool, huh?
The reality is an entirely different story.
One of the misconceptions when you’re working from home is you don’t actually need an office.
You may not need a built-in traditional office, but you do need a separate working space.
You can go to a co-working space if you want, but I think it takes away the whole idea of working from home.
For the last three years, I’ve been working from home and I love it even more than in the beginning.
It’s safe to say I wouldn’t change it for anything.
However, it did not start this way.
I, as many others, thought working from home meant you could work from your couch, bed, or kitchen table.
But after the novelty worn off, I found myself frustrated.
For each client meeting, I had to look for a place with enough light for them to see my face.
The background had also to be office-like, especially for business meetings.
Believe when I say it’s frustrating to move around in your house looking for the perfect spot.
Today I want to share with you the how and the why is important to have your own office at home.
Why You Should Create Your Own Office at Home
The first, most obvious reason is you will not be disturbed by visiting friends and family.
Not everyone understands that even though you are at home, you still have to work.
For decades our society made us believe that working means only going to a brick and mortar office.
But technology has given us the privilege to work from home.
This means you need a laptop, a Wi-Fi connection, and a smartphone.
Even though more and more companies have employees who work from home, the misconceptions persist.
Another reason you need your own office in your home is to create productivity.
We are creatures of habits, and we like to have personal things on our desk, arranged in a certain way.
We like to leave our mark on things around us.
When you don’t have an actual office in your home, you feel lost. (That’s how I felt in the first few months of working from home.)
It takes a while until you find the place in your home you can sit all day, every day.
And when you’re in the groove, your kids or significant other may bump in and interrupt.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to be disturbed when I am focused and “in the zone.”
But the most important reason you need an office when you work from home, is to get your brain used to it.
Our brains are very powerful computers, that can work for or against us. When you have your own office at home, you tell your brain, this is the place where I need to be creative, I need to be productive and efficient.
What happens then?
Every time you go into that office, you will notice an increased focused, a “let’s do it” attitude that comes from within.
It’s a switch that happens in your mind every time you step into your office.
Working from home is all about productivity and enjoying life more.
Why wouldn’t you want to have an office inside your home?
Now that we’ve established the why behind an office at home, let’s look at the how.
How to Create Your Own Office at Home
Before you start telling me your home is tiny, let’s establish a thing: If you really want it, you’ll find a way.
If not, you’ll find an excuse.
Find a place in your home with natural light.
Feel the energy in the place. No, I am not going all ying-yang on you.
What I am saying is pay attention to how you feel in that place.
If you’re uncomfortable, the energy flow in that area is not good for you.
If you feel like it’s the space you’ve been looking for, you know what to do.
You may not find the perfect place right from the start. Experiment until you find the right space for you.
Even if your home is small and you don’t have a spare room you can call office, you can still create your home office. You need your own desk and chair in a space that inspires you.
Once you’ve found it, make it yours so, when you look at it, the first thing that pops to mind is: I love my office, I love to work from home.
That’s what I say (no kidding) every time I step into my office at home.
In time and with patience, your family will understand, that you’re working when you’re in that space, so they will stop disturbing you.
What other tips would you add?
A version of this article originally ran on Spin Sucks.