One of the lessons I quickly learned in this new COVID environment is I had to create a space in my home for my business. Since I have young children and I live in one of the nation’s hot spots, it’s been important to be cautious about the potential exposure to my family. So, my initial plan to use a co-working space for my office was no longer an option. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t really have a plan on what to do when the pandemic caused the world to shut down. I thought, as probably most did, that I would be able to return to a space. But as time passed, I realized it was less likely to work in a coworking space and needed to think through another plan.
After a short stint sharing space in different rooms of our home, I quickly realized that in order to take my business seriously, I needed dedicated space to work. Bouncing from room to room, taking calls from my bed, etc. just didn’t put me in the right mental space to operate my business effectively. So, after a few family meetings, we repurposed our guest room to become my office. Accommodating this plan means we will have to get creative when my mom comes to visit now, which simply means that my husband and I will have to sleep on the blow-up mattress since we won’t allow my mom to sleep on it. But in the end, it’s a worthwhile tradeoff for me to have a dedicated place to work. It has made such a difference in my productivity.
So, the moral of the story is…even in the midst of this global pandemic, it is vital that you find dedicated space (even if it’s a dinner tray in the corner of a room) to work. It will set your mind to work and create a boundary for work and home.
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