Day after day, you sit in your home office and stare at that little blinking cursor waiting for you to give it direction, waiting for you to fill out that blank white page in front of you. Everyone says how nice it must be to write from home as a freelance writer or blogger when in reality you spend at least a couple hours of your day just trying to get motivated to work. If you have trouble getting motivated, your office design could be at fault. Here are design ideas to keep you typing every day.
Start with the colors you have in the office. According to color psychology experts, blue sparks creativity and pale blue can help a business owner stay productive throughout a workday. Orange stimulates energy and excitement. Red helps you stay focused on details, while brown evokes feelings of security and assurance. Colors to avoid in your home office are yellow, purple, and overly bright colors. You could paint an accent wall or have pale blue walls with orange, red, and brown accents throughout the office.
Give yourself something to look at other than a blinking cursor on a blank page. Hang interesting pieces of artwork on the walls or have a few photos of friends and family to keep you motivated. Fill your walls and empty space with items that will help you produce work. Taking the time to look away from your computer will not only help your creative process, it’s better for your eyes. Some other inspiring and unique ideas would be to cover a wall with the map of the Earth, with travel photos, with flowers, or animals; whatever you feel best encourages your creative prowess is a good choice.
A cluttered office will result in a cluttered mind. If you have trouble keeping your office organized, invest in organization systems. Shelving, armoires, cupboards, and other storage pieces will be worth the cost if they help keep you organized. Have a desk with plenty of space to keep everything you need during a typical office day within reach but out of sight.
Find window treatments that allow in a good amount of natural light. Sunlight is proven to help keep a person motivated and alert in small doses. If your office has a lot of natural light, great! If not, be sure decorate your windows in a way that will allow plenty of sunshine to get in during the day.
As a freelance writer or blogger, your job depends, in part, on your home office. Don’t be afraid to spend some money outfitting your office exactly to your tastes since this is your working space. Buy new office furniture made from IPE that you feel will keep you inspired and comfortable. If you’re on a tighter budget, you could also buy used furniture and refinish it to your tastes. Make sure you have a comfortable chair. You can write off most home office costs in your taxes.
With a little effort and a small budget, you can create your perfect home office. You know what keeps you going on those days when you’re just not sure that you can type another letter so use that to design your perfect home office.