Your workspace says a lot about your style, and can determine your productivity. Here are 6 essential tips to re-design your workspace to be more fashionable and functional.
Plants are beautiful, they smell nice, and they make any environment feel fresh and alive. Most amazingly, according to a new study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, they help improve attention span too! Pick something that smells nice, like mint, a plant that doubles as lotion like aloe, or whatever you find most aesthetically pleasing.
Keep Water Close
Is that a headache coming on? It could be from staring at a screen too long, or too much caffeine, or too little water. It’s easy to forget to stay hydrated. A handy reuseable water bottle will be a great reminder to drink more water. And if you choose a cute one, it’ll be a good motivator to drink more too. Mix it up by adding a slice of lemon, lime, mint leaves, ginger, or cucumber. Whatever gets you to drink more water.
When you run out of steam, don’t start browsing the web or playing with your phone. Give your eyes a break from the screen and look out a window instead. Natural light is essential for any workspace if you want to avoid headaches, sore eyes, lower your stress and improve concentration.
A place for everything
Nothing makes it harder to focus on important tasks like desk clutter. Find a place to stash those used post-it notes if you need them later, get a holder for those loose pens and markers, and file away all your documents in labeled and organized folders. Get that mess out of sight and out of mind, and get back to business.
Calendars Over Planners
Planners are a great way to keep an organized schedule, but they don’t work for everyone. If you keep loosing your planner or often forget to check it, consider a good old-fashioned calendar. They can be cute, personal, or simple. We love calendars with room for writing notes and deadlines. Above all, they should be easily accessible and frequently used.
Keep it Simple
Overall, the most important thing is to only include things in your workspace that help you get things done! Art, statuettes, stones, candles and books can all be great additions to an office area, but don’t overdo it. Know your style and stick to it. If you are easily distracted, being surrounded by trinkets and paintings will not help you be your most successful self. Your work should be your priority, and only let things into your space that will contribute to your productivity.
If you’re trying to figure out if your work area isn’t stimulating enough or is too stimulating, try switching it up until you find something that works for you. Try soothing classical music or nature sounds instead of club tracks you like to sing along too. Replace powerfully scented perfumes, flowers and moisturizers with muted natural smells of green plants or a subtle candle. Open a window, clear everything off your desk, whatever it takes to find your balance.