Maybe you haven't thought about it before, but your work environment can seriously affect how efficiently you blog.
As a producer of original content, you want to constantly get (and stay) inspired. For many bloggers, there's no formal office or space where work is done — in fact, most bloggers work from home (especially those balancing a “day job” with their personal work).
Working from home can be beneficial since you are in a space that is comfortable to your needs (presumably). But there are a few counter-productive traps you can easily fall prey to…
Why you shouldn't work from bed…
Working in your pajamas from your bed might be uber-comfy, but it actually isn't such a smart idea when you think about how brain patterns work.
- Essentially, you are training your brain that where you relax and sleep is where you do your most creative work. If you're using your bed space for “work” it could possibly cause two reactions: 1) You will have trouble sleeping, as your brain will associate that space with thinking or 2) you will get sleepy while working, since your brain already associates that place with sleep. In either case, both are unproductive.
- Find a place in your home that can be designated as your special work space. Whether it's a desk or the kitchen table, it should be a space that is comfortable, but isn't too comfortable. Even if you're working from home, getting dressed in the morning is crucial to hitting the “start” button for your day. Therefore, the space you chose should be efficient for your needs, but not a place where you are normally lounging in your pajamas (like the couch).
If you're working in a stale environment…
If you are working in an atmosphere that is usually associated with “corporate life” — aka suits, central AC, permanently shut windows, fluorescent and harsh artificial lighting — it can be a little more difficult to get those “aha!” moments for your blog. In a cubicle setting type of job, it's likely you are spending more time in your office than in your home, but if you get a little creative with your space, you'd be surprise of the results.
- A little feng shui can go a long way. The way you position your desk, for instance, can make a difference in how you feel. Typically, it's bad to have your back to the entrance since it's natural to have a constant “looking over your shoulder” feeling when in that position.
- If your space is drab gray square, add a little bit of color to brighten the mood. According to feng shui, colors can boost your mental health, especially light blues, earthy greens, and bold purples.
- Along the lines of mental health, if your desk is messy, it's most likely your mind will be a mess as well. Keeping papers, notes, and accessories organized and neat eliminates distractions.
- Furthermore, adding natural elements, such as plants and water can also boost your mental capacity by bringing “positive energy” into your space.
How to fight afternoon fatigue with your work space…
- Research shows working in an environment with natural sunlight enhances productivity and concentration. If you're space is windowless, using a desk lamp with a full-spectrum lightbulb to simulate natural light.
- You know that 4 p.m. craving for a snack you have everyday? It might actually be from dehydration. Next time your brain feels a bit foggy, guzzle down some water (and always keep fresh water at your desk). It's likely your energy levels will be boosted again.
How to keep healthy in your environment…
It's not uncommon to get aches and pains from sitting and typing all day. Here are a few solutions to the typical physical woes of working all day:
- Adjust your chair's settings so the the angle between your back and legs is 90 degrees or less. This allows better rotation for your hip flexors.
- Regular stretching involving low lunges can also release tension in your hips and hamstrings, preventing tendentious and back pain.
- Women are three times more likely to develope Carpal Tunnel Syndrome than men, so look into ergonomic keyboards and give yourself short breaks in between typing.