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How a Garden Office Will Improve My Work Life

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So… I have some exciting news. I’M GETTING AN OFFICE! A real, proper, office. With walls and heating and a desk and EVERYTHING. To put it into perspective a bit about how excited I really am: I’ve been working for myself, from home, for a number of years now. I live in a not particularly big house with 3 other people. I don’t have a “space” to work, other than my bed (where I’m writing this from now). I’ve given myself permanent back pain from it.

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So having an actual office which is mine and only mine is an actual dream come true for me. It’s going to positively benefit me and my work life so much that I can’t even fathom it right now. At the time of writing, I have a quote for the price and I’m just waiting for our builder to give us a date that they can come round and make a start.

It’s been a pretty long process already and the main bulk of the work hasn’t even started yet. The office will be a garden room, with heating, electricity, windows and doors – the whole works. So there’s a lot involved to get the building actually up and safe for me to use.

There are definitely things we could have done ourselves. But without the time collectively as a family and the proper resources, it was always easier to get someone to do EVERYTHING for us. Including tearing up bushes and landscaping the area. Although we have one group of people who are doing everything for us, you can always hire a professional landscaper to clear your bushes if you don’t want to lose a weekend doing it yourself!

So, it’s safe to same my office can’t come quick enough! Here’s how having my very own garden office will improve my work life:

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No distractions

This is always my main problem with how I work at the moment and that’s there’s just so many distractions all the time. Of course not all of them can be helped but it’s very much got to a point now where I can’t cope with it anymore. Having my Dad ask me to come and walk the dog. Having my Mum ask me to do chores around the house. The dog barking. The doorbell going. It’s constant.

Being taken more seriously

That girl you know who works from home? She’s still at HER JOB in the middle of the day. Which is something I would quite like to get tattooed on my forehead. Because I’m working in such a casual environment, I don’t think people take me seriously. That could be why I get so many distractions throughout the day. But by having an actual office, I’ll be able to physically go into my “place” of work and not have those distractions.

No clutter and decorated how I like it

My boyfriend and I share a bedroom. I don’t like clutter. He does. So my bedroom definitely ISN’T a place I find entirely relaxing and calming anymore. Especially as I work in there too. My office will be totally mine. Decorated exactly how I want it. Calming colours, no clutter and extremely organized. Exactly how I like it.

It’ll give me a better work/life balance

Another one I REALLY struggle with and that’s the ol’ work/life balance chestnut. The line between my work life and personal life is EXTREMELY blurred. I work where I sleep. I work where I play games. I work where I chill out and watch Netflix. And my laptop is ALWAYS accessible for me to whip out at any given time to do more work. Having my office will allow me to literally be able to lock up for the night and create a much more stable work/life balance.

It’ll help me work more efficiently

This ties in with the no distractions one but it’ll definitely help with efficiency too. Due to the distractions and everything else, it takes me 3x as long to do everything sometimes. My mind is constantly somewhere else because there’s so much going on around me. So I think by having this office, I won’t only work more efficiently but I’ll also produce higher quality work.

Do you have a home office? Did you build it yourself or hire someone to do it for you? If you work from home, what are your main obstacles?

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81 Comments

  1. […] helpful with my muscles and my back, consider I have pretty bad posture and back pain from not having a proper desk to work on. I can’t wait for that first massage back after […]

  2. I was house hunting a few weeks ago with my boyfriend and saw lots of properties where people build a separate building as office or gaming space in their garden. I think that is a great idea if you have the space and necessary to have your own space when you are working from home. So, good for you getting one! Now due to Covid-19, me and my boyfriend are both working from home. He stays in our second bedroom that is an office/guest room and I am working in the living room. But at the moment I feel the same pain. He comes in and distracts me and I do the same to him actually and I find it difficult to switch of after work. Is that project still on track for you? I hope yes.

    1. Having a garden room is the perfect option! I can’t wait for it – but think I’ll have to wait a little longer with all this going on!

  3. Ohhh that’s exciting!! Having a place just for work will be so much better for you.

    https://littlemissmelanie.com/

    1. I can’t wait x

  4. […] week on my blog I shared that I was finally getting my own office built! And from this moment on, I am NOT going to stop talking about it. Seriously though, I am […]

  5. How exciting! I hope you’ll share some photos when it’s all finished? 🤞🤞 At the moment I also work from my bed, or the sofa, which isn’t ideal either. Like you said there are so many distractions – especially from family members. I’d love my own workspace one day.

    1. I absolutely will be sharing the process!

  6. YESS What a brilliant idea.. I have a little shed that I want to convert into my own brain space!
    Rosie

    1. I can’t wait!

  7. Ooo, that sounds like a super relaxing place to have an office! I have a teeny room with a desk that came with the flat but it needs a lot of work since the window there is tiny!

    1. I’m hoping it’ll be really relaxing but also a productive place to be!

  8. Working when I’m in teh garden can be so relaxing, and it doesn’t really feel like work!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. I know! Although I won’t actually be outside but it’ll be nice to be among nature.

  9. Lisa Alioto says:

    A garden office sounds so peaceful and calming – a perfect working environment.

    1. I know! I can’t wait!

  10. Erin says:

    I love seeing office space ideas! So this is a fab post!

    1. Thank you x

  11. I’m so excited for you! One day I’d love to have an office in our home for the days that I work from home, but for now I live vicariously through viewing office inspo, haha Having your own space to decorate, organize and work inside of will be so nice!

    1. Thank you!

  12. This is so exciting! So jealous right now! I kind of wish we had a breakfast bar in my kitchen so I could pretend that was my home office. I like being able to work from the comfort of my own sofa but sometimes I do think I’d be able to work more efficiently if I had a proper designated space for it x

    Sophie

    1. A breakfast bar would be the perfect office for you!

  13. Heather Nixon says:

    I have a home office and I love it x

    1. Lucky you!

  14. I have an office but I’m still terrible for curling up in bed and working instead xx

    1. Oh dear! Well sometimes you just need to xx

  15. YAY how exciting!

    I don’t have my OWN office, but we have a media room with the computer, my business materials, TV + switch, etc. that we all use and I love it!

    1. Ah that’s amazing – somewhere specific that you can use with no distractions!

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