You hear it all the time, an office is essential to get valuable work completed, but is this statement a fact or simply a fallacy? I tend to find that it’s actually personal preference rather than anything.
In this article you will find out why this statement is untrue, why people think you NEED an office to get work completed and what you should do about it to help you get your daily tasks finished.
Do You Need A Home Office From The Get Go?
Not everyone can get a house that includes an office, so how do these wealthy people start working from home without this additional room?
I’m here to tell you that you can absolutely start your own home business without an office. In fact I started in my dining room first.
So, no. You don’t need an office when you first start working from home, but if you can get a quiet room with natural lighting, this can help immensely.
Downsides Of Not Having An Office
Well there sure is some downsides to working in your sitting room, kitchen, dining room or even bedroom.
It just means more distractions with the kids running around and the family visiting, meaning more stress and more headaches and many painkillers later until you can finally afford a house that comes with an office.
But it doesn’t have to be all that bad. There’s actually some perks of not working in an office.
Perks Of Not Having An Office
There’s an obvious one and probably the best, you save money. If you work in your dining room, you can also wake up and check your emails while eating breakfast.
Heck, you can even stay there until lunch time if you really want to. Then take the laptop into the sitting room and watch some Television while you get some work finished (probably slowly though due to the many distractions).
Or if you really want to take advantage of your home business, simply take your laptop outside, work while you enjoy the sun and sip on your coffee.
Designing a home office isn’t easy either, so you can totally avoid this task if you decide to work from any room in your home.
Downsides Of Having An Office
Just because an office is the most preferred way to get work finished, it might not be a better choice for some. A lot of people are social animals, meaning they will find it lonely sitting in an office for a couple hours a day.
While some people will find it better to sit and interact with their kids and partner while they work on their laptop.
It isn’t always easy to design a home office either, while someone might put too much lighting and someone else might not put enough lighting.
You will need to learn a lot about home offices before you decide to get one, some people might not want to spend time trying to learn this information.
If this sounds like you, and you find yourself still being able to get work completed then there’s no need to get a home office.
Perks Of Having An Office
Offices are great to use, and that shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the amount of people have them in their home. That should be a dead giveaway right there that they actually WORK.
If your home office is designed correctly, it can be beneficial in many, MANY ways. A room with natural lighting will enhance your mood while increasing work production and your minds activity.
A plant in your office can also increase your work flow and enhance your mood. Task lighting is also a must have to provide that final touch.
As long as you realize that a home office isn’t just about putting in a desk and a laptop and saying you are completed.
Train Your Mind
I find that you can actually train your mind to ‘cut out’ distractions. Over the many years that I’ve had to work with all distractions around me, it is simply not a problem for me anymore.
Of course this does take years and not suggested for everyone to try and learn. But if you do learn this valuable skill, you can literally work from anywhere.
I can now work on my business while I’m listening to music, even with people talking in the background, while a loud cafeteria doesn’t budge me one bit.
If this sounds something you want to do, the easiest way to learn is to try and work in these environments. Eventually it will get easier and easier.
What Would I Rather Use
I love my office, it is my preferred choice. I work when I choose to and I can get a lot of work done within a couple of hours and then I am done for the day.
I would rather wake up early in the morning, work for 2-3 hours and get a whole lot of work finished, rather than sit in the living room or dining room and constantly have kids screaming in my ear or jumping on me.
If I do that, it literally takes 8+ hours a day to get the same amount of work done that I would do if I was in my office.
My Final Opinion
It is really personal preference and totally up to you, you might find that you can still get the same amount of work finished while your sitting with your family and talking with them.
Someone else might find that they need to be completely alone and in a quiet room to be able to finish some work. You need to find out what works for you.
But what I find to be the best option is definitely working in an office. 2-3 hours of constant work with no distractions will end up being a lot of work completed for the day.
That way you get to have the rest of the day to relax and have fun with your family and friends, something I wouldn’t miss for the world 🙂