Working from home

Working from home | Growing Spaces

Maybe it’s the need to be as close to the kettle as possible or just because it’s at the heart of our home, but even though I’ve got a dedicated home office that I love I can often be found working at the kitchen table instead. I guess that’s one of the best things about working from home – you’re not restricted to one workspace, you can pick your spot for the day, whether it’s at your desk, on the sofa, or even holed up in bed (this ranks pretty highly for me on cold, winter days or if I’m feeling under the weather).

Having said that, I’ve always had some rules about working from home that keep me sane. I like to have a shower and get dressed. Even if it’s just swapping my pjs for comfy tracky bottoms and an oversized sweatshirt, for me that flicks the switch in my head to say that my working day has begun.  And although I might potter around with the radio on while I’m having breakfast and making coffee, I need it to be quiet when I settle down to work. That’s another thing I love about being in my own space – when I was based in an office I had to accept all the noise around me such as music, chit chat, phones ringing. I do sometimes miss the general hubbub, but when I really need to knuckle down and focus I relish the silence.

Working from home | Growing Spaces

I know some freelancers need a buzz around them, so they prefer to pack up the essentials (such as a super-portable 13 inch laptop) and head out to a nearby café to take advantage of the free wifi. I’m often tempted to try this (even though I know I’d probably get little done because I’m so easily distracted), but I’ve yet to find the perfect local haunt. Plus I’m most relaxed at home. I’ve always wished I could be one of those people who are happy to have lunch out on their own, or go to the cinema solo, but I’m too self-conscious. I wonder if I should push myself more (a solo trip to the cinema has been on my ‘things to try’ list for years) but then I get stuck between thinking I should be braver, and accepting that that’s not who I am.

One option I’d love to have would be a shared workspace I could decamp to when I’m in the mood for like-minded company. I’m a sociable person, and I do miss office chat, especially when I’m in need of inspiration and encouragement. There’s nothing better than brainstorming and bouncing ideas off people who know where you’re coming from. I’d happily rent some desk space with fellow creatives if the chance ever came along.

How do you work best when you’re based at home? Do you have a set routine or do you like to mix it up? Any tips for the perfect home-working set up?

Disclosure: This post is written in collaboration with Dell, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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2 Comments

  1. September 1, 2016 / 11:58 am

    I work from home too and I also love it. I do get a bit lonely sometimes, but I go out to bootcamp 3 times a week for my dose of girly chat which seems to be enough, along with the company of my husband in the evening (and dogs and cats all the time). We are in the process of creating my home office and I absolutely cannot wait – right now I’m at a desk in the corner of the dining room which isn’t ideal as I can’t be as organised as I’d like to be. My office will also look out onto the garden and have a whole wall of bookshelves and an electric log fire – I am so looking forward to it being finished!
    The cinema on your own is a fab experience, but pick the right one – a little indie place with big velvet seats where you can have a glass of wine, like the Prince Charles in London. Solo trips to the Odeon are soul destroying! 😀 x

  2. September 5, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    I’ve freelanced for nearly 10 years. I’m mostly home based, and I love that it allows me to do the school run both ways a few days a week, take my dog out for peaceful walks while everyone else is working, choose my working hours (sometimes I start at 7am, then break to walk the dog, do the school run). Most of all, I love the calm. No office politics, rarely being interrupted, listening to whatever I like at whatever volume I like .

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