Four Women, Four Careers, Four Workspaces

A realistic approach to creating a healthy and productive workspace at home

Sashenka Paatz
8 min readMay 25, 2020
Minimalist home workspace. (Sketch by Faith Pickran)

What do two photographers, a marketing strategist, and an interior decorating student all have in common? They are all women doing their best to create a successful workspace in their home.

Making a space to work from home that allows you to be both healthy and productive has become a necessity for many people. Whether you’ve been running your own business out of your home for years, have started working remotely for a company by choice, or have been forced to practice isolation from your workplace due to COVID-19, almost everyone has experienced the pros and cons of working from home.

One of the top three most important, and yet difficult, aspects of working from home is setting up a workspace. The government has done a great job of providing helpful suggestions for working remotely. However, their list of tips is anything but exhaustive.

These four women have banded together to help me give you a guide, albeit raw and realistic, for setting up and thriving in your unique home workspace.

The Room

Pick a room with the fewest potential for distractions. While working from a coffee shop, library, or even your own…



Sashenka Paatz

Canadian journalist, traveller and teacher with a passion for creativity, organization, teaching and advocating for others.