Yesterday, I made a vow to myself through my chattering teeth.
This time next year, The Dingle will be warm enough to work in without hunching and without having to wear a sleeping bag.
Yesterday, I was cold. So could I couldn’t feel the ends of my fingers, which is a problem when you write for a living.
So today, I’m working over at my good friend Jodie’s house near Ludlow.
She’s a few years ahead of us in the renovation game and has central heating. AND A BATHTUB. So I’m having a bath later 😀
My point is this: yesterday, I struggled. I struggled to concentrate, I struggled to knuckle down and do what I needed to do, and mostly I struggled to stay warm.
Such a situation is not conducive to productivity or happiness.
So let me ask you: is your environment scuppering you?
Do you have somewhere dedicated to work? Somewhere comfortable and quiet, where you won’t be interrupted?
Because if you don’t, you will not be able to do the things you need to do to run a thriving business.
Here are my top tips for a happy and effective working environment:
- A space you can walk out of at the end of the day, so you can switch off and wind down.
- A room you can shut away from Other People – and make clear when that door is shut, you are not to be disturbed. (Yes: have rules for your family. It wouldn’t be acceptable for you to barge into your partner’s office at their work, would it?)
- Warmth. A comfortable temperature.
- Quiet – if that’s what you need.
- Music – if that’s what you need.
- The buzz of other people – if that’s your bag. (Every now and then I have a coffee shop day, and they’re great. And warm.)
- Organisation. You can’t work effectively in chaos.
- Did I mention warmth?
Make sure your working environment works for you.
I promise you, when you’re in the right space, you’ll be amazed at how much more you get done – and at how high a standard.
Then, sign up to my daily emails and get cracking with your business goals!
About the Author
Please do share any articles from this site in part or in full — as long as you leave all links intact, give credit to the author, and include a link to this website and the following bio. Vicky is a gin-quaffing, pole-dancing, trapeze-swinging copywriter who writes about the perils and joys of writing, velociraptor training, and running a small business. She writes this stuff on her websites vickyfraser.com and cookiesforbreakfast.co.uk. She’s the author of one book (with two more in utero) and teaches small business owners how to write copy that sells, and how to be more fecking interesting. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.