No matter what your occupation is, whether you are a student or a professional who works from home or brings work at home, creating a space specifically dedicated to your activity is important. A productive workspace will make your work so much easier.
Having a good workspace will help you to get motivated; who would like to spend time in a messy place? It will make you feel more relaxed, more inclined to work / study, and therefore increase your productivity. That’s pretty cool, huh?
Of course, the perfect workspace is different for each of us since we are all unique individuals and we all have different tastes and needs. Nevertheless, there are some “rules” that I use which can work for pretty much everybody.
1. Your office should be in a quiet place
It may seem obvious, but I can’t write an article about a workspace without mentioning where this workspace should be placed in your home. Loneliness will be your best friend if you need to work at home. If you have the possibility to dedicate a room only to your office, then this would be the best option.
However if you can’t use a room only for your office, place it somewhere where you will be able to be alone whenever you need to, it could be your bedroom for example. Unless you live alone, your living-room is not a good idea ! You don’t want anyone nor any noise to disturb you while you’re working or studying.
2. A good lightening will change your life
Well maybe this is a little exaggerated, but a place bathed in light will always be prettier than a dark cave. More seriously, it might not change your life but since nobody wants to damage their eyes trying to adjust their view to a low brightness, placing your desk near to a window (natural light is the best light) or investing in a good light will make your work more agreeable for sure. And this is what we want right, to make our work more agreeable?
3. The less things on your desktop, the better
In order to clear your mind and get focused on your work, you need to clean up your desktop and keep only what is truly necessary for your work. You don’t want all these papers and materials that you never use to invade your workspace, plus not having enough space on your desk to do your work correctly is pretty frustrating. Decluttering your desktop will definitely make you feel better about your workspace, and make you want to spend more time in it.
4. You’re going to need storage spaces. Lots of storage spaces.
If you followed the previous tip, you’re going to need storage spaces for all these things that you took off from your desktop. Because you don’t want to put all these things on the floor. Having a quick access to essential items is important though, that’s why I recommend having drawyers, shelves or storage furniture near to your desk if possible. Personally, I like to put my things in decorative boxes like this one that I place on a shelf.
5. Green is your new favorite color
Several studies have shown that decorating your office with plants reduces stress and will create a happier, more productive workspace. No need to have a Baobab next to your desk though, a small plant will be just as effective.
6. Make it comfy
Since you’re probably going to spend a lot of time at your office, you better make it a comfortable place to stay. First of all, A comfy chair is a must if you’re going to spend hours seated at your desk, but it’s not the only thing that can make your workspace comfortable. I like to be wrapped in a fluffy blanket when I’m sitting at my desk, firstly because it’s comfy and then because I can’t focus on anything when I’m cold and a warm temperature will help you increase your productivity.
7. Set your decorating skills free !
Create a decoration that will inspire you. Use colorful photos, placard your dreams on the wall, your projects, inspiring quotes, anything that motivates you. Paint a wall in a different color if it makes you feel good, light a few candles (this one is my favorite), hang some pictures on the wall. Anything that will make you feel good is a good thing to do. Make this space yours.
Let me know in the comments how you like to organize your workspace or if there are things you would do differently, I’d be glad to hear about different workspace organizations.
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