You need your own workspace, and preferably one that has a door. It’s great that you have a little alcove in the hallway, or a small desk area in the kitchen. Those are perfect for sitting down for a phone call and jotting a few notes. They are not conducive to a good work environment.
Having your family pass through over and over, or hearing TVs, radios, or other phone conversations detracts from the work you’re trying to accomplish. You need a workspace that’s all your own so that you can close the door and peacefully concentrate on what you need to be doing.
If you don’t have the luxury of a separate room, find a space in your home where you can purchase a screen or room separator to at least designate a “work zone” area that your family will respect and understand is off limits to them during work hours.
Does this seem foolish? Maybe, but just because you have a laptop doesn’t mean you should work everywhere, anywhere, and always on your lap.
A desk gives you a place to be more focused with your work. Everything is contained there - your files, printer, office supplies, your motivation! You’re going to get more accomplished sitting in your workspace at your desk than in a coffee shop. Yes, it’s important to move around, and sometimes a change of scenery needs to take place to refresh your mindset, but when it’s time for work, there’s no better place than your own desk.
And unless you’re planning on purchasing a standing desk, get yourself a good chair to match, too!
I have been in enough offices to know how much lighting affects your mood, especially when you’re stuck in a basement and there isn’t even a window to peep out of occasionally. Make sure you’re office space is filled with as much natural light as you can get. It’s going to make you feel better and give you a more positive outlook.
And, if you are in a basement, get yourself quality lamps and lighting. A lightbulb dangling from the ceiling is not good for you. There are entire organizations out there studying the effects of light in our health - it’s that important.
Everything that goes into creating your home office should be done thoughtfully, with the focus in mind of having a place solely dedicated to growing your business or career. It should bring you comfort, focus and joy to work there. Take your time putting it together so that it will help you in your business accomplishments.