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Productive, Yet Placid: Making Your Garden A Place To Work


Most people work at making the garden a tranquil space, somewhere to rest, recuperate, and, more importantly, relax. But, if you are one of the many freelancers out there, you need somewhere that’s a little bit different to your standard home offices. You need a garden to make an impression on you, to make it somewhere that inspires you, but also let it be somewhere that you can relax at the same time. This is a very tall order, but it can be done. How can you make your garden a place to work effectively?

Do You Need An Office Space In Your Garden?

It depends, but if you are the type of person that cannot separate your work and your home life, it can be a very difficult prospect if you do all of your freelance work in your home environment. In which case, it may benefit you to separate your work and your home life by installing a shed for your garden. Many people throughout history have found a shed space to be a place that reduces distractions, but also gives you the benefit of being close to pretty views. The children’s author Roald Dahl famously wrote in a shed at the bottom of his garden; on Roalddahl.com you can get an insight into the space, and if it’s something that could provide that balance for you. A lot of people don’t have the room in their house to set up a home office, and this is why a shed can be the perfect balance. It’s away from any homely distractions, but it’s also isolating enough for you to get on with your work. And if you are someone who is perennially creative in your freelancing career, you may need lots of space to make a mess, but to also keep your ideas flowing. You also need to consider the working conditions, especially if you live in an area where old man winter is more than generous with his icy cold temperatures. As we all know, working in an office where the heating doesn’t work in the bleak midwinter isn’t conducive to a productive day. If you plan on setting up a shed of your garden, this can be easily solved with portable heaters. But if you are looking for something a little less on the rustic side, you might want to invest in a small office pod. These are pretty popular now, especially if you’re looking for a more modern and stylish alternative to a shed. They are also very easy to set up, and are generally pretty affordable. Because they are, in essence, pods, they are able to slot in easily to any corner of a garden, which is great if you are particularly low on space. For a lot of people, the office space in the garden approach is an ideal solution, because of the aforementioned segregation between the relaxing garden, and the space to work. You might think of a shed as being an outhouse that is particularly uncomfortable, but it’s now got to the point where so many shades are sophisticated in their setup, and are built in a manner that encompasses a lot of warmth, that you don’t need to head out there in the winter with a few layers on as well as piles of kindle! Think of it as an extra room to your house, one that is far removed from any distraction.

How Much Stress Does Your Work Cause You?

This is something you have to consider, because if you are using your garden for work, you need to make it a space that is relaxing for your frame of mind, but not so relaxing that your work becomes lazy and unproductive. Again, it’s about striking that healthy balance between productive, and placid. Some people find they are more productive when in a relaxing environment, which explains why so many people are working from home nowadays. It’s an environment they have control over, and so, they are able to minimize stress. So you need to think about what type of setup works best for your productivity. Some people find that they are better in an enclosed space, whereas others prefer the open, “at home with nature” setup. And while you may love the idea of sitting out in the garden, doing all of your work, is it going to be a reality where you are? In which case, can you get a balance of productivity and practicality? While a shed or an office pod provides shelter from the elements, you might not have the space, in which case, the closest part of the house to the garden needs to be set up as your office space. While it isn’t always practical, if your kitchen faces the garden, you can easily set up at the kitchen table. The garden can prove to be a very inspiring thing to look at, and you can fix this easily by setting up some sliding doors so you can get as much of the outdoors inside as you can. But this does mean you need to have a garden that’s worth looking at. There are numerous professionals you can contacts, such as on Atkinsinc.com that provide a lot of aesthetic fixes, like managing your grass to give it the most appealing hue. And this is vital if you don’t know where to start. But you need to ask yourself what is the most relaxing imagery you can feasibly present in your garden? There are so many different types of ways to decorate your space, but you do need to consider how much room you have. If you have a small garden to play with, a swathe of color may be all you can muster. This is easily achievable, because you just need to buy various flowers, but you need to be sure that you have the time to tend to the garden. If you’re a busy freelancer, this may not be feasible, in which case, it’s time to get up the professionals in to tend to your garden. But you need to remember that the act of gardening itself is something that is great to alleviate stress. So if you are a very busy freelancer that lives in a stressful life, your garden could be the place to relax you, not just in terms of the work you do, but the act of cultivating it may help to decompress you.

How To Make It Work For You

This is a very open-ended issue, because you have your own specific agenda. But if you are an incredibly stressed out person, a relaxing garden could be the solution you’ve been looking for. Being close to nature has a rejuvenating effect, so it’s ideal if you have a stressful life to have a space that nurtures a sense of relaxation. At the same time, you still need to make sure it’s going to age of productivity, and not hinder it. In which case, those relaxing deck chairs may not be conducive to good quality work, no matter how relaxing and inviting they look. It’s still important for you to have a setup that is going to make you work, and work fast. If you have neighbors each side of you, is going out in the garden all the time going to be productive? It’s worth thinking about these issues first, and if you have noisy neighbors, it may be time to build a few natural walls, either by adding bushes or shrubbery. You need to consider how productive you will be sat out in the garden. In which case, having a specific setup that is going to benefit your posture, in an ergonomic sense, is still going to ensure you work well. It all depends on the type of work you do. If you are writing a lot, will voice dictation programs work better for you? Because you are out in the garden, and by yourself, this gives you the space in which to communicate your ideas quickly and effectively. And as such, you aren’t disturbing other people in the house. And it’s always worth purchasing a Wifi booster, because if your work is reliant on the internet, and you want a relaxing day out in the garden, but the connection dips in and out, it’s going to be more frustrating, rather than relaxing.

It’s a very delicate balance, but if you are working at home more than you are in an office, it’s important to have somewhere that you can go and work as productive as possible. A home office can be a very inhibiting environment, in which case, your garden is the most important aspect to ideal productivity. But because a garden is quite a relaxing environment, it can cause a loss of productivity, which is why you have to ensure the mix between productive, and placid. You have to remember, other people are going to want to use the garden, but when you are out there working you have to be as focused and dedicated as possible.