A writer’s workspace can either contribute to excellent writing which leads to more clients and more money OR reduce a writer to tears of frustration.
As a freelance writer, you need a well-organized, ergonomic workplace to carry out your tasks and projects efficiently and without frustration.
Without a well-designed place to work, you may also suffer from fatigue due to poor lighting conditions, a stiff sitting position and a generally cluttered environment. And this leads to a lack of productivity, frustration, and an overall lack of motivation. These will all contribute to a negative outlook towards your career and could also affect your money-making potential.
To help you improve your workspace, I want to offer some tips that have helped me stay productive and motivated. I found this infographic by Omnipapers.com that I thought you would enjoy. It covers some helpful tips on creating an inviting, productive freelance workspace.
How can you execute this environment in your own home?
To help you, I created a three-step summary so you can apply the concepts quickly and start redesigning your workspace at home:
Step 1: Streamline Your Desk
Your writing desk should be clutter-free and include only the equipment you need to get your writing done.
Install an adjustable lamp equipped with cool light to aid vision and thinking.
Investing in an “all-in-one” personal computer will further reduce the space needed for your computer, since its CPU is built into the display. Laptops with touchscreen interfaces are also perfect for writers who want to streamline their desks since they may not need a separate keyboard and mouse.
Use post-it notes to keep your schedule organized. If you don’t like paper post-its, use apps on your computer to get things done in a timely manner. Top “to do” apps like Wunderlist or even the Windows Sticky Notes widget can help you stay organized and on top of your writing game.
Step 2: Design Two Zones
All work and no play is a bad idea!
Create two distinct zones within your workplace. The first zone, which takes up half of the available space is your work zone.
This part of your writer’s workspace should have ample space for your desk and at least one shelf for essential references for freelance writers (e.g. dictionary and thesaurus).
The second zone is your rest zone where you can retreat to when you’re feeling fatigued from writing. Having a nice couch in this area isn’t a bad idea! Place your smartphone and tablet here so you can still check important messages and emails without going back to your work zone.
To keep both zones free of clutter, add a small filing cabinet in the corner or just put unused documents and books on your shelf.
Step 3: Keep It Ergonomic
An ergonomic workspace improves productivity by reducing physical fatigue.
Every writer knows how difficult it is to write with an aching body part. Solve acute backaches by investing in an adjustable office chair. Your chair should allow you to lean back a few degrees while still supporting your lower back.
Position your desk in such a way that you have access to natural light in the morning and afternoon. Natural light is the best kind of light as it doesn’t strain your eyes.
You can also try writing in a standing position as this helps reduce acute back and neck pains. You don’t have to do this all the time but try this technique when your upper body is aching from being stuck in a sitting position for a long time.
I hope these tips were helpful! Let me know if you can offer my readers any other tips to improving the freelance writer workspace.
Want more tips? Check out my other posts on how to become a good writer and earn more.