An inspiring workspace: clarify your needs

Instead of scrolling through listings to find a home or workspace that will inspire your life, try creating your own. The act of thinking through what you want is very clarifying.

Things to consider:

  • How far away from work do you want to be, and how would you get there (bike, subway, car)?
  • How far from your friends and/or family do you want to be?
  • What size space would you like and what do you really need?
  • How important is natural light for you?
  • What room in your home do you tend to spend the most time in?
  • Do you tend to spend most of your waking hours outside of the home, and how would that affect your priorities?
  • How much can you afford to spend each month on your space?
  • Do you prefer to live alone or with roommates?
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It is important to create a particular spot in your home that you can associate with clearing your mind and spacing out.

It can be as simple as a chair near a window or gathering your favourite objects onto a single table or shelve.

It is helpful to keep a journal of when inspiration strikes or when you do your best work. You can then adjust your home or your listing accordingly.

If you have your most creative moments in the shower, consider fixing the leaky sink or add a whiteboard to the wall so you can jot down ideas.

Finding a great roommate is about finding the right fit. Be very specific about what you're looking for in a roommate, who you are, and how you live, and what you value in your home.

To thrive in a roommate situation, remember that you're in a relationship with these people, not merely cohabiting. You'll need to invest time and energy into the situation.

Budget is usually an issue for people working in creative fields, making it difficult to get everything they want from real estate or a roommate.

Consider which requirements you cannot live without in your new space. Also, keep in mind that stepping out of your comfort zone can inspire new ideas and personal breakthroughs.

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