Here’s a picture of me shooting a video in my home office. That’s so meta, isn’t it?
I love working from home. Instead of commuting to an office every day, I can work anywhere in the world.
One month I’ll be in India, the next I’ll be in Vegas. That’s pretty cool and something I would not have been able to do 20 years ago.
The challenge of working from home is that, well, it’s home! There are lots of other things you could be doing besides work.
If you want to be productive, then you need to create a space in your home where you do not have temptations or distractions. Think of it as your “work zone” where all you do in that space is work.
I have designed my office with this in mind. Just look at the picture – does it look like I could goof around even if I wanted to?
Here are three guidelines you should keep in mind when designing your home office:
1. Make it hard to get distracted.
Structure it so that if you wanted to do something other than work, you would have to put in effort.
2. Create a “scholarly environment.”
There is a reason why the interiors of college libraries look the same – they are trying to create a certain atmosphere! I’ve got bookshelves full of books, a whiteboard to brainstorm on and a wooden desk that looks professional.
When somebody walks into that room, they know EXACTLY what it is for.
3. Remind yourself why you work so hard.
Maybe it’s a picture of your family or even a “vision board” where you have pictures representing all the things you want in your life. Whatever means something to you, put some of it in your office to remind yourself that you are not in a rat race.