• Kate Wyatt

Working from home

Updated: Jul 4

COVID lockdown has been difficult for many of us, especially those having to work from home and negotiate space with family members. Read on for my 7 steps to staying focused and creative by maintaining your work from home space.


1) Lighting

Lighting is paramount to any artists working area. I like to make use of natural light as much as possible but on gloomier days I often make use of a couple of desk lamps with moveable arms to angle the light just right.






2) Oxygen

Oxygen is hugely important for the brain and maintaining productivity and creativity. I like to start my mornings with a short walk in the nearest green area and usually crack a window open once I'm back in my workspace to prevent Co2 build up which can lead to brain fog.


3) Music

Getting some good tunes going really makes your workspace your own. If I'm sharing my workspace then good quality headphones make all the difference and really make me feel like i'm in my own world.





4) Candles

I have an array of candles for different uses. I like to light my 'concentration' candle before beginning my work for the day to consciously set my purpose and concentration. Scents which scientists have found boost concentration are: lavender, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Peppermint and Jasmine. (Just make sure if you have kids or pets that candles are in a safe place)


5) Get dressed

It can be very tempting to stay in your pajamas but getting dressed before starting work for the day really sets intentions early and helps maintain separation between work and personal life.


6) Agree DND times

Working around others can be tricky but I try to agree Do Not Disturb times of the day for quiet working and to keep the flow.





7) Agree a finish time

Without having to negotiate your journey home it's easy to work longer hours. I try to agree a finish time to stop work at and power down so that I still have time to myself and with my family at the end of a day of work.


And that's my 7 top tips!


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