I love freelancing because it means I’m not confined to a desk. As a matter of fact, there are several places around my home where you will find me working because I don’t like the traditional home office. I think I’d go crazy if I had to stay in the same place all day. Take a look at my favorite work spaces at home.

 With My Feet Up on the Comfy Couch

On the Couch

The number one place you will find me during the day is sitting on my living room couch with my laptop. It’s a comfortable place to work because I get to put my feet up. I usually start my day on the couch and then move around later. I can’t really work on the couch when my husband is at home because our couch is in the only room where we have a TV and I get too distracted from my work when the TV is on. However, if I had to pick just one place to do my work, the couch would be it.

At a Traditional Desk in My Office

Home Office Desk

I like to transition to my traditional desk around noon, mainly because I can eat my lunch without worrying about my drink spilling. I write a good chunk of articles at my desk because I have a really big screen — this lets me open a Word document on one side and have my internet browser open on the other side. That beats clicking back and forth between research and my documents when I’m on my laptop. Additionally, I have the least amount of distractions in my office because the only thing in there is my desk and computer.

Walking on the Treadmill with my Laptop

Treadmill Desk

When you have to be in front of a computer screen to get your work done, it’s easy not to get enough exercise during the week. So, one day I decided to buy one of those laptop shelves that attaches to the handlebars of a treadmill and try to work while walking. I know this sounds crazy, but it works; you just have to walk slowly. Actually, I’m able to increase the speed a bit when I’m simply editing, so that’s when I like to work on the treadmill the most.

I’m not in very good shape, but I do try to stay as active as possible because otherwise my legs get restless and that makes it hard to concentrate. I’ve also tried pedals that you place under a desk to get your legs moving while you work. This worked for a while, but I couldn’t use them anymore when I got a new desk because my knees would hit the bottom of the desk.

Outside on the Back Patio

Back Patio

Another place I like to work is outside. During the warmer months, I really enjoy taking my laptop out to my back patio. However, this isn’t one of my most productive work spaces because I can hear the school bell and noisy kids playing at recess during the week days. I also have a neighbor that likes to play loud music, so I have to move inside when he’s outside working on his car.

So, those are the places you’ll find me working at home throughout the day. Do you do similar things or do you prefer sitting at a desk all the time? I’d like to know. Leave a comment below and links to pictures of your at-home work space.

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3 Comments on What Does Your Home Office Look Like? I’ll Show You Mine.

  1. I don’t even have a desk! My tiny apartment is crowded as it is, and my husband’s computer takes up the only computer desk we have. Luckily, I prefer writing from the comfort of the couch. That’s where you’ll almost always find me, but I just ordered a FitDesk, which is a bicycle-desk combo, and I’m really looking forward to start using that.

  2. Thanks for sharing. I find working at the same place most of the time promotes productivity, but I do have a laptop and do work outside sometimes as the weather permits. I dared to share a small amount of my workspace and how I worked on getting it straightened up after the holidays about this same time last year in a post Organize:5 Ways in 15 Minutes a Day. I plan on doing a couple more on the subject this month, in part, to encourage myself. It seems I need it more after the holidays.
    I found your page through Carol Tice’s link party.

  3. Found you through Carol’s link party!

    I’m very similar to you: on the couch with my feet up is the most common spot, then my desk in my office when I’m having trouble focusing, or I’ll head to a coffee shop nearby. The treadmill tactic would be interesting to try… I just picture myself wiping out somehow, ha!