What You Need for a Productive, Creative Workspace
The luxury of working from home is a dream for many people. Many entrepreneurs tend to work from home so they can spend time with family and also save money. Let's admit it most of us have squeezed a desk and chair together in a spare room or living room with the treadmill in one corner and boxes of holiday ornaments in the other. But how long can this last? I can't imagine it is a very productive space.
No matter what is the size of your workspace, remember that you CAN make it work for you. Keep in mind that where you work and the things you surround yourself with will affect your feelings and your way of thinking.
Here are 7 ways to make your space (and you) productive and creative, no matter what the size is:
1: Let's start with clutter. This is easy enough, clear out what you don't need for your business. Clutter multiplies exponentially and faster than you realize, so organize and tidy it up.
2: Don't leave walls empty. Hang a print of your favorite quote, a photo of your dream vacation, an emery board, or even floating shelves where you can showcase inspiring tokens and photos. Choose the ones that make you happy.
3: There's such thing as too white. You want your space to be welcoming. Start big. Have a focal décor, let it be the first thing you see when you walk in. It should be something inviting, inspiring, or thought provoking. And from there you can work everything around this focal point.
4: Let the sunshine in if possible. Natural sunlight brings energy and warmth. It also makes the room or space airy and breathable. If there is no direct sunlight at least make sure there is plenty of lighting. Use cooler bulbs for clarity. Warm yellow bulbs are dim and vibrate against white paper.
5: Plants are a must! Out of all the things on this list please remember to have plants. It helps to calm the nerves and allow you to think peacefully. Most important of all it keeps you down to earth. It is great décor, pair it up with a nice pot for that added WOW. Remember plants are good!
6: Colors. If you want to repaint your walls that's great! Light pastel colors can make a small space roomy. It will not vibrate against your eyes which can be distracting and energy draining. Tip: Yellows are said to be thought provoking, cheerful, hopeful, and warm.
7: Mind the smell. Make sure there are no foul odors or rotten food laying around. Different scents are said to trigger productivity such as: peppermint, lemon, lavender, jasmine, rosemary, and cinnamon. Find a candle, potpourri, oil, or incense to your liking. One that you enjoy sniffing while working long hours.
Mix these up a-la-carte style and see what works for you. Or you can follow them all! Just pick one of the above and start from there. What is missing from your office or workspace? You don't need a fancy work area to be productive and creative. Let your workspace be an extension of you; curate it and have fun with it. Let it inspire you to create and share your story.
If you'd like more tips on making the most out of your small space, here are some visuals to help you: https://www.pinterest.com/ripemangoes/small-spaces/
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