// the purpose //
Every square inch of a home can serve a purpose. An at-home workspace is no different.
To create the perfect work-from-home space, an employee should first determine the purpose — is it inspiration, maximum productivity or a mix of both? Achieving a balanced workspace is challenging, especially when space is limited. However, understanding the purpose of your workspace as it relates to your job can better define the form and function of the area.
inspiration. What inspires you? Do you need a tidy space with no distractions, or a colorful area peppered with art and books? Spaces that illuminate the mind can vary in design from person to person, so it’s essential to remember that what inspires others may not inspire you to create meaningful work.
productivity. Productivity works hand-in-hand with inspiration. While inspiration can impact the quality of work, productivity ensures that the work actually gets done. Generally, a productive space should be free of distractions (whatever those may be for you) and include the tools necessary for an effective workday.
striking the balance. Nearly every career demands some mix of inspiration and productivity to create the best work. Inspiring elements that clutter a workspace can lead to distraction, while a total lack of creative details can affect productivity.
Striking the balance between the two is a game of trial and error. An impeccable workspace is hardly ever devised on the first try, so play around with elements that are both productive and inspiring to find what works for you.