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Should You Keep Your Workspace and Personal Space Separate? Does it Matter?



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Should You Keep Your Workspace and Personal Space Separate? Does it Matter?

Dear Freelancers, do you work where you live? Is your work space the same as your play space? If so, and you want to stop working for a while, how do you escape your work place or work station if it's the same place as where you play and relax in?

I myself, do most of my work in my room as that's where my computer is located. It's in the corner of my room which I sometimes call "the lab" just for kicks. Because it's where I come up with ideas and do my work for my clients from.

But some people say that it's not good to do that because you're blending your work space with your play space and when you want to break away from your work for a while, you can't because it's all in the same place, same room, whatever.

What is more, working in the same room that you relax in and take time off from your work can bring many distractions. According to a study carried out by theglobeandmail.com on The five biggest distractions when working from home show them to be;

  1. Your family such as your children needing and wanting your attention.
  2. The inability to gain access to proper office equipment like printers etc.
  3. The need and want to do household chores like cleaning and tidying up.
  4. The temptation to keep the TV on in the background as "company".
  5. A lack of proper working space not separated from your "me space".

Do any of those ring any bells of familiarity with you? Several do for me! I often have the TV on in the background, and although I'm not really "watching" it, I still find myself looking at the TV and glued to it for 5 minutes at a time here and there. By the end of the day, when you add up all the minutes that I spent watching the TV when I should have been working it probably comes to a couple hours and least!

And some people say that you should keep your working space and your living space separated from each other. That way when you need a break from working, the things around you in your environment aren't work related. That way you can truly get a break from the work you do and feel much more rejuvenated and refreshed for it.

What do you think and what do you do? Do you like to keep your work space separate from your living space? Or do you just live and work in the same place and blend it all together?

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Lynne

Yes Mike, I totally can relate to this.

I have a completely separate area for my work. We have a double story home and the whole top story is my office space which is pretty awesome.

The difficulty I have is when I get home with my kids at lunch time after picking them up from play school. I often need to get some more work done. I don't have a desk to work at downstairs and my kids drive me batty LOL.

If my husband is home then I can work in my office in peace and quiet which is nice. I get a lot more done working from my office than from working in our living areas.




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idealmike

Awesome Lynne thanks for your feedback. I can totally understand that and it's interesting to hear you say how you get more done working in your office than you do in your living areas. Another reason why you should keep them both separated as much as you possibly can. Should You Keep Your Workspace and Personal Space Separate? Does it Matter?




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hitmeasap

I actually got myself a real office. To make sure I kept my private life and my home separated from my business. However, it's expensive to have an office and sometimes I just got the feeling like, "why should I go there when I can do the same work from home?".

Due to those feelings, and because of the rent, I didn't keep the office for more than a few months.. And nowadays I'm working from home. I do have my computer (my workspace) in the kitchen, as I live in a small apartment. The other room is my bedroom and I don't want that to grow into my workspace, so I have to stay in the kitchen for as long as I can.. Should You Keep Your Workspace and Personal Space Separate? Does it Matter?




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Cristian

If I'll ever start freelancing again I'll need a separate room just for me, to act like a real office. That means no TV and no other distractions, family members should stay away unless it's an emergency, this was one of my biggest problems last time I did this full-time, family members didn't respect my working hours and I quickly destroyed my schedule.

Having a separate office away from home will also be pretty cool, but I don't see the reason to rent a different place when a room inside your house (if you have a free one) should be enough.




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idealmike

Makes sense Cristian! I don't see much sense in renting an office space either if I have a free room. I have a converted garage that was turned into a bedroom so guests could stay in it. And I'd work in there as it's not a sort of office / washing room complete with washing machine and tumble dryer and it's a bit cold. So I prefer to work in my room where it's warmer and where I have all my creature comforts. Sometimes I like to have the TV when I'm working as well though. I'm not really watching it, it's just on in the background. And this time of year they play all the classic Christmas movies, A Christmas Carol, Scrooge and all that and you can't miss them! LOL Should You Keep Your Workspace and Personal Space Separate? Does it Matter?




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EliteWriter

I really wish I had a tiny room where I can fit a desk and be able to shut the door and write in a quiet and private environment. Sadly I cannot do that as all my rooms are occupied, so I end up working in the center of all the family, in the living room! You can imagine the noise that there is when the kids are not at school. Yet, I have managed to get used to it and to a certain extent I can at least say that I am surrounded by loved ones while at work, which is something many people who work away from home yearn for.




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idealmike

Very true Elite! And you have to think about that, about the alternative. There will be some people working away from home in a place they don't like being. But they have to work there so their family can have some sort of Christmas. It shouldn't ever be like that. And in a perfect world it wouldn't be. But alas, we don't live in a perfect world so you have to give thanks for everything you got. Even if it means have to work around your kids! Should You Keep Your Workspace and Personal Space Separate? Does it Matter?




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Barida

I'm always careful when it comes to combining both my personal space and my work place together. I don't try to do things that will make people see the things that I should be done in my personal space interfere in my work place. So, I always try to differentiate between them.




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Corzhens

We have our computer table in one corner of our living room. We call it our office so people in our house would respect the silence we need when I am using the desktop. Sometimes when I am too engrossed with work, Inwould be served snack but I prefer not to eat in my workspace so I would go to our dining area.




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augusta

It matters to me because getting work done also depends on one's working space,if one doesn't separate the two it becomes a problem.I have my study for all work-related stuff,I try to put things together there because other room will give me more comfort which will bring sleep and laziness but my study would help me work more because it isn't really comfortable for rest.




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