Whether you work from home or have a deep desire to refresh your office so that you can accomplish more, you have your work cut out for you. That’s not necessarily because it’s difficult to change the tone and atmosphere of your workspace, but because there are so many effective ways to do just that. Elaborating on your vision of the ideal office can be tricky, then, because you may not be sure where to begin. Here’s how to bring your concept to life with these easy workspace ideas.
1. Focus on Organization
Almost nothing matters more than the clutter — or lack thereof — in your workspace. Even if it’s only visible in your peripheral, that’s good enough to create a moderate distraction that takes away from your focus. Don’t just grab stashes of junk and place them in the nearest filing cabinet, though. You need to make organization an actual action point, or it won’t be as effective as it could be. Invest in the types of organizational products that will help you most. If you work in a hands-on field and have plenty of small, loose parts, drawer systems with individual storage compartments will be helpful. If you’re inundated with paperwork, adopt a filing system and invest in attractive cabinets to keep everything neatly contained.
2. Add Bright Lighting
Don’t minimize the importance of brightness — in every possible way. If you’re fortunate enough to have a window in your workspace, take the time to let the natural light stream through every day. Even glancing up at the natural view outside from time to time may be enough to reinvigorate you during a down moment. Of course, you can’t rely on natural lighting all day long. You’ll need some vivid lighting to supplement. Focus on task lights that illuminate the areas where you spend the most time, such as a desk or a project table. An overhead light is helpful when you need extra radiance.
3. Prioritize Your Comfort
Don’t settle for any old desk chair — or even any old desk. Like your bed, your office is the place where you spend a fair amount of time. It’s critical to your productivity that you select pieces that meet your needs. Opt for an ergonomic chair to support your posture, reduce strain on the back and neck, and maintain all-day comfort. Select a desk that’s sized just right for reaching everything that you need, and that’s not too short or too tall. Add back and seat cushions to support your body for those days when you’re working overtime.
4. Scent the Room
A little bit of fragrance can go a long way in reviving your spirits, especially if you’re feeling uninspired, unmotivated, or simply too tired to do anything more. Try something known for its invigorating properties, like a customized Dimensions diffuser with herbal and green notes, or one that contains your favorite fruits. Think in terms of comfort, too. When you’re overwhelmed, it can be tough to focus on what’s right in front of you. You can train your mind to see things from a broader context by allowing familiar scents from the past to envelop you as you do your work. Whether it’s a vanilla scent that reminds you of grandma’s cookies or a spice that’s reminiscent of mom’s perfume, you have options that will transport you back to a happy time. And when you’re smelling something that brings joy, you’re far more likely to get back to work.
5. Make It Greener
Could plants be the ultimate key to your success? Maybe, if you believe studies that suggest greenery can enhance your mood, eliminate feelings of stress, and even boost your concentration. If nothing else, it’s worth a try — and it’s easy to add a leafy plant to the corner of the room. By inviting this touch of nature into your workspace, you’re also creating a direct connection with the great outdoors. It’s a simple way to diffuse the tension of a structured environment that you associate solely with emails, deadlines, and phone calls.