I really cannot stress enough the importance of having the correct working environment and getting into the right frame of mind when you are working from home in order that you work at your best.  By having a well-laid out and organised workspace that feels comfortable and welcoming will help you be more focused, organised and productive.  Thinking about what you wear and how you look can get you in the right mindset for creating your best work.

Even if space is of a premium in your home, really make the effort to create a harmonious working environment rather than grabbing a spare inch at the end of the dining table or working from your sofa without putting any thought into your surroundings.

Wherever you have your workspace, you need to keep it organised.  Make sure you tidy your desk at the end of each day and block out an hour or two once each month to do a declutter.  It is incredible how quickly unnecessary items find a way of taking up residence long-term if allowed to.  Don’t leave piles of paperwork in the corner of the room if you don’t have a designated working area.  Get a storage box and put everything neatly back into it at the end of each day.

Ensure that your work area is a pleasure to look at and work at.

  • Get a vase and keep it filled with freshly cut flowers.
  • Light a softly scented candle whilst you work.
  • Have your favourite motivational quote printed off and put it in a small picture frame to sit where you can see it.
  • Buy yourself a special mug or glass for your drink.
  • Treat yourself to a beautiful desk lamp.
  • Get a gorgeous cushion for your chair.

Even if you do have to work from your dining table you can still spend a few minutes each morning setting these things out to get you in the right frame of mind.

Don’t forget yourself and how you dress.  It is all too easy to pop on those comfy tracksuit bottoms when working from home but dressing in the right manner can help get us in the right mindset for working effectively.  Treat yourself to some clothes that are both comfortable but that look smart and you wouldn’t be embarrassed a client sees you in. For the ultimate luxury get a pair of cashmere lounge pants.  Pricey but worth it.  Don’t scrimp on the make-up either.  Look your best and you will feel your best and work at your best.  Give yourself a spritz of your favourite perfume in the morning, don’t just save it for when you are leaving the house.

All of these are small things but can make a big difference in how you feel when you are working.

Try them out and see how you feel and then let me know in the comments box at the bottom of the page.