Getting to have the perfect workspace
There really is nothing more frustrating than not having a good personal workspace.
We’ve all been there, right? Who has the space for a nice desk at home? Or if you have space then where’s the time to create an area that has everything you need to work productively?
What makes a happy workspace? Good space? Big desk? Devoid of distractions? Everyone has his or her own vision. I always imagined my perfect workspace to be in a countryside cottage. It would be away from distractions, have a giant desk to work from looking out through large windows onto large green fields. Perfect. The reality has been much different.
I don’t consider my bedroom to be the biggest and with all the stuff I have tried to cram into it over the years I’ve barely had the room to open the door properly, let alone have a good workspace.
I have tried, though. A few small desks have been in my room but they’ve never felt comfortable to work in due to my furniture layout. I never had a comfortable desk chair too. Who thought that would be so difficult? In the end, I did my writing at the dining table.
Time to change. Ikea.
A few months ago I decided enough was enough I wanted to buy a desk that was fit for purpose and wouldn’t be constraint by the size of my room (obviously I wasn’t going to buy a supersize desk, though). Plus I needed to buy a much better desk chair. For the chair I would have to try it out first, to know how it would feel. So there was only one place to go, Ikea!
I went to Ikea with optimism, really hoping that they would have the right desk and chair. Before even bothering with looking for a chair I had to find a desk. I found a white wooden desk in the middle of others that immediately looked like the perfect one. No other desks were suitable so my decision was made. Then I tried a few chairs looking for one with a good back support. Again there was one that felt just right (I’m sounding like red riding hood now). Just to make double sure I even sat on the chair underneath the desk. I had the perfect combination.
The furniture was delivered, now I had to construct it and make the space in my room. I had a vision of where it should go and after a lot of moving furniture and construction, I had the desk in the right place. Ikea’s instructions did say to not put the desk together solo, but what do they know! I was putting that desk together alone because I wanted to have the workspace I wanted as soon as possible. That day was super hot too so it was a hard afternoon’s work.
When everything was in place I stepped back to look at it and thought yes this is it. Of course, I needed more time to make it perfect but the foundations were there. In the months since I have been organising everything in my room in terms of stationary, book, journals, photos, calendars, corkboards and printer. This contributed to what I now have, a good personal workspace.
What makes mine work for me is that I am comfortable in the chair, the desk surface is large, I have a small desk shelf and there is better storage space underneath the desk.
Since I have had my new desk and chair it has been the most productive period for personal work that I have ever had. I have found myself working past midnight on many occasions because I am in a comfortable place, in the zone. The personal touches I have added to my workspace really help with this too.
Favourite photo from 31st birthday at putt in the park
Polaroid of my mother and of me at Friends Fest
Carousel photo frame
Dalmation puppy won at a funfair
Polaroid of my mother and I
Small souvenirs; I love Philippines frame, Canterbury Cathedral, Colosseum with Coldplay “love” badge, Cutty Sark, Atomium
What is your personal workspace like?
Do you have the perfect environment to work? Has your productivity increased?
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