The She Room; the Ultimate WFH Escape
Work from home skyrocketed due to covid and now along with the She shed, we have the She Room, the ultimate escape for women seeking to separate their home from their work space.
The She Shed
Known for its privacy and ability to designate a shed as your workspace, this is the ideal solution for women who are working from home and need a separate existence where they can take calls, have zoom meetings, potentially meet with prospects and finally, just concentrate on their business.
However, not all of us have this opportunity and have to make do with a room, generally a guest room, that doubles as our office space.
Do designate a room for work
Pick a room, any room where you can add a desk and chair and create a space to make this room your office.
Do set the tone for a comfortable workspace
Is the internet connectivity great in this room? Is it calm? Is there space for your desk, chair, computer and other equipment you might need? Will you be able to concentrate in this area? Are there minimal distractions here?
Do invest in an ergonomic chair
We all struggled with posture in the office so let’s make sure that we don’t have to do the same at home. Some companies are offering suggested chairs and office equipment for employees so check with HR to see if they have agreements and can help you. The right chair can change your day, your back and your mindset.
Do consider a stand up desk
Along with the right chair, a stand up desk is also an option. Most are flexible height so you can stand when you like and sit otherwise. WE weren’t meant to be sitting all day to begin with so this will give your booty a rest and keep you alert.
Do consider a minimalist space
Less distraction, more productivity and potentially more me time. If you are working optimally, you’ll be able to achieve a lot more than in the office. This can also lead to much needed breaks for stretching and for exercise that had been forgotten before. Now that you can work from home this will allow you to have balance but again you must plan for it.
Do away with clutter
Keep your area clean so you can work at the designated time you need to. Work computers can be kept in this space and you can bless it as an area that will be dedicated to brainstorming, creativity, zoom calls and collaboration. Hang inspirational quotes or pictures that will facilitate your creativity.
Do set your work hours
Place an alarm somewhere or set your cell to alert you when it’s time to quit working. You will need to designate hours to this because it’s easy for us to get wrapped into a zone and never walk away. The idea is to be more efficient with your time not to add hours to it. Instead of catching up at night, make a list to tackle the following morning. Again, balance it key.
Do decorate it
Ambiance will make this area your own. Here’s a chance to add your own flair to your workspace. Whether it’s a print or a painting, pictures, collectibles or flowers, It’s important to settle into this space. Find items that evoke peace and will heighten your creative juices so you can make the most of your workspace.
Do make sure it is NOT your bedroom
Avoid the bedroom and the sofa. This will lead to UNPRODUCTIVE time. Neither is good for your mindset as the bedroom chi dictates, the bedroom is for sleeping and intimacy. The sofa is generally a place where you relax and catch up on books or tv. Let’s be mindful that you can focus on work where you’ll need to.
Do set up great lighting
In the era of zoom, be sure that you have good lighting. The filter will only help so much and you will need to see when it’s dark out. A desk table light should help or now you can buy lights that are designed for your computer as well.
Also, in the era of Zoom, you might want to make sure your hair is prepped, you look polished and you have a great smile.