Creating a Workspace that Makes You Happy
What does your workspace look like?
A few months back, Matt spent most of his days working at the library, as opposed to working from home. He had always said he liked getting out of the house to work, so I didn’t think twice about it. Until, I started noticing that on the days when he’d be working from home (because he was expecting a business call or he just didn’t want to deal with the sometimes unexpected surprises you get in L.A. Public Libraries), he would be working at our dining room table.
Ever since we moved to L.A. three years ago, we have made plenty of sacrifices in order to continue on our chosen career paths, which means there have also been plenty of times when we’ve questioned our choices. Watching Matt work his bum off from our dining room table was one of those times for me. He’s running a business for pete’s sake – doesn’t he deserve a desk at least? The world traveler in me says, “Be thankful you have a table,” but the wife in me says, “Your husband deserves more.” I know we’ll look back at it and laugh remembering “those days” when we ran our business from the dining room table, but it wasn’t much of a consolation at the time, especially because at least I had a desk in our bedroom!
So, I started moving things around in our apartment to see how we could create some space. I’m talking about a one-bedroom, 800 sq. ft. apartment, so we didn’t have much to work with. Wouldn’t you know . . . if we moved around our bookshelves, there was a perfect little area for a workspace. And I do mean little, but it’s better than the dining room table . . . for now. I won’t forget how excited Matt was to work at that desk for the first time! When you put your heart and soul into your business, there’s just something about having a space that validates your work and yourself! It seemed like such an obvious choice we should’ve made months before, but I think we both were stuck in waiting for “someday.”
I guess the moral of the story is create what you want now. The work you’re doing today is the only work that matters and if your work space doesn’t make you smile, change it . . . until it does. Above my desk, I have inspiring quotes and paintings that make me feel good and lift me up when I may feel tugged down by obligations or deadlines. Do what works for you. What does your office space look like? Want ideas of how to spruce it up? Stay tuned for my next post!
Thanks for reading!