Published on 4th June, 2018

How to Create an Ideal Writing Environment at Home

Whether you’re a full-time writer, a side-hustler, or a student, you write all the time. You’ve got a full writing schedule and big dreams of being prolific, pumping out thousands of words every day. While the perfect writing environment isn’t a guarantee that you’ll always surpass your word count, it can make a big difference. Make a few simple changes and add a handful of items to create your ideal writing environment at home.

Create a dedicated workspace.

One of the perks of working from home is writing while cosy on the couch or in bed, but it’s not conducive to a productive mindset. Your brain automatically equates your bed with sleep and your couch with relaxing, so one of the first things I’d recommend is setting up a dedicated workspace. Ideally, this would be a desk in an office or spare bedroom, but if you don’t have the extra space for your own desk, you can always make a spot at the kitchen table or counter. The important thing is to create a habitual workspace so that when you sit down, your brain knows it’s time to get to work.

Have the right tools nearby.

Writers are pretty much synonymous with pens and notebooks, so make sure you have a stash of both within reach. You should also have a pad of sticky notes, which are great for jotting down short ideas and important reminders that come out of nowhere. Keep a charging cable at your workspace too! You don’t want to end up cutting your writing session short just because your battery died on you. Having the right tools on hand ensures that you can sit down to write and avoid getting up every time you need something.

Decorate your walls.

If you have a wall next to your workspace, don’t be afraid to decorate it! Put up some art, print out your favourite motivational quotes, and or hang a string of lights. You can combine aesthetics with practicality by putting up a whiteboard or corkboard - perfect for brainstorming and keeping track of new ideas. By decorating the walls of your workspace, you’re creating a space that’s welcoming to work in.

Invest in some plants.

Nothing livens up a space like, well, something alive! Houseplants add pops of colour in the home, but did you know that plants reduce stress and boost moods? Plants also help clean the air, which keeps you healthier overall. If you don’t have much luck keeping plants alive, you can always try cacti or succulents, which are hardier and don’t require much of a green thumb.

Follow your own suggestions.

If you don’t have much extra space, don’t care about decorating your walls, or can’t be bothered to get plants, that’s okay! Everyone’s ideal work environment will be a bit different. Take on whichever of my suggestions that you like, and then follow your own ideas for creating your workspace - even if the ideas are small or unusual.

Spend some time creating your ideal writing environment at home, and you’ll find the payoff in your writing productivity and output. A happier writing space and an extra few hundred words in a day are always worth it.

Robyn Petrik is a freelance writer from Vancouver, Canada, and specializes in writing social media content for creative small businesses. Along with writing, she also spends time painting on her iPad, reading, hiking, and eating too much peanut butter. You can learn more about Robyn at robynpetrik.com and connect with her on Twitter.

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