Sharing your bedroom with your home office can be very tiresome (pun not intended). Even though you aren’t sharing that space during the day while you are working, you might still be acutely aware that you are working in your bedroom. For most people, this just feels unnatural.
Another issue with having your home office in the bedroom is that you need to be able to focus on the tasks at hand without distractions. To get yourself in that productive frame of mind, you need to have your office feel more isolated from the rest of the room.
Finally, everyone needs to be able to walk away from their work. When you work where you sleep, it can be hard to settle down for the night as a list of tasks remains undone a few feet away. Yet even with all of these potential obstacles, you can set up a bedroom office desk in a way that allows you to be both productive and protective of your mental health.
Physically separate your office and bedroom
You need a way to designate your office space for the office, and the rest of the room for sleeping and relaxation. The best way to do this is with decorative dressing screens or screen dividers with murals. They allow you to feel as though you are in a different room, without distractions. The right screen or divider may also muffle sound from outside the room for better focus.
Don’t decorate – motivate
Surrounding yourself with symbols of your success or other things that motivate you is important for putting you in the special work frame of mind. Take advantage of the use of decorative screens and room dividers by decorating them, and your walls, with whatever motivates you and helps you focus. Unlike a physical office in a company, you can decorate your home office space however you like.
Here are a few ideas to help you outfit your work area:
- Posters with motivational scenes and statements
- Pictures that represent your current goals
- Quotes from people you admire that you incorporate in life
- New habits you want to cultivate (Having a note reminder to drink water is a good one.)
- Reminders of bad habits you want to break
- Your ideal getaway nature scene (for quick quiet meditations)
Choose the right low profile desk for you
There are a lot of different types of desks you can get for a home office, but when you are sharing space with your bedroom you need it to take up as little space as possible. At the same time, you need to be able to keep everything you need at your fingertips. A desk with a hutch is great for organizing, but you can spend less on a bedroom desk adding some hanging shelves on the wall.
If there is a chance you might want to work in another room, look at a computer desk on wheels that still has some shelving to keep everything within easy reach wherever you work in the home.