As a freelance writer, I know how important it is to have a dedicated space to work on perfecting your craft. I cannot tell you how many times I was on assignment trying to write while traveling and could not get it together to write even a solid paragraph due to messy, unorganized, loud surroundings that were too distracting to let my mind settle in and do the real work. It is hard to imagine writing anywhere else once you have set up your own little home office or writing nook. You may be hesitant to invest time and money into a project like this. However, if done right, your space can provide you with everything you need to get your write on. Here are a few tips I learned over the years as an essayist.
Think About Electronics First
Before you begin to design your writing nook, you should think about the pieces that will be most important to your work, as well as take up the most space. For most people, this means a laptop or desktop computer. The layout of your area and required space will be very different depending on what you choose to work on, so it is necessary that you determine these factors at the very beginning. Depending on what your set up is, you may want a different type of desk. For desktop computers you will need to make room for the tower, and might want to get a desk with a computer tray that slides out from underneath to really keep things tidy and comfortable.
Keep Posture in Mind
Speaking of comfort, setting up your space to be ergonomically correct can save you a lot of chronic pain in the future. The best way to be sure that it is ergonomically correct for your body shape and size is to review some of the information online. You can look at a variety of diagrams that may give you a better idea of what the appropriate alignment for your body is. The most important factors are a supported lower back, knees and elbows at a 90-degree angle, and wrists flat. You should also check to see if your head and eyes are appropriately aligned with your computer screen. Choosing the right chair will have a lot to do with your comfort. Some people even prefer standing desks but that is something you will have to experiment with yourself.
Décor and Inspiration
Having a space that reflects your personality can be helpful to keep you motivated. Keeping some notepaper and nice pens or other small trinkets in your space will make working a little more pleasant. Perhaps a bookshelf to keep you organized or a nice picture frame on the wall will add to your space. The home department at Saks Off 5th has so many options for great pieces that will perfectly compliment your space. Keep in mind that bright colors or an invigorating scent might also create a better atmosphere for you.