I’ve been freelancing (consulting, writing) for the past three years. It’s easy to imagine I would have a fancy workplace in the corner of a room in my apartment that’s tastefully decorated and stocked with all the essentials: magnetic board, post-its, colorful pen stand, clips, file cabinet, and a book rack. In all, a conducive environment that all how-to pieces on having an ideal/productive home office environment talk about.
I believe you can guess from the tone the reality is far from that. More often than not, my laptop sits on the dining table; when we have more than 3 people dining at the same time, I make room by shifting to the bedroom. The non-stop activity around the house punctuates my work time: clanking of utensils, my toddler driving his toy-car inside home at crazy speeds, market channel (NDTV profit) running in the background among other things.
To be more productive, I’m aching to have a quiet corner where I can retreat to when I like. On top of my wish list now is to find a corner in one of the bedrooms and do it up as a functional workspace with bare essentials : a phone, a table small enough to hold my laptop, a pen stand and a diary, and a comfortable chair. By the side of a window. I love natural light coming in! There will be enough time to decorate it like the ones below.