If you work from home and you’re finding you’re not nearly as motivated as you would like to be, it may be time to reinvent your office space. It’s fairly easy to create a motivating or an inspiring office space. In fact, with just a few quick adjustments, your office space can become the ideal place for you to really sit down and get things done.
Tip Number 1
If you’re like many people, chances are you’ve painted your office a more calming or soothing color – such as green, blue or various shades of gray, or possibly a beige color. While you may feel like you need your space to be calming and relaxing – this isn’t the best approach. Sure, work is stressful – but using these colors can actually decrease your productivity.
When you’re choosing paint colors – look for more invigorating and inspiring shades. Of course, you don’t have to go all out with hot pink or bright orange walls, but it couldn’t hurt. On a more realistic end, using subtle or muted versions of shades of oranges, reds or yellows will help invigorate the senses. Visually, these colors are more stimulating and with stimulation comes increased productivity. You’ll get more things done if you’re motivated, so using warmer paint colors can help influence you.
Consider pairing warm wall colors with white trim. It’s a classic approach to help make the brighter side of the color palette appear traditional.
Tip Number 2
Organization is the key to a healthy workplace. However, organization doesn’t mean you have to have tons and tons of little compartments with a place for everything and everything in its place. In some cases, organization can be chaos.
If you’re more comfortable having a “catch all” file cabinet and it works for you – great, go for it! Organizing your office space means having a set up that works for you. Don’t be concerned about what others will think of your organized chaos – it’s your workspace, not theirs.
However, if you’re into having tons of little organizers and sorting bins and what not – then that’s also great. It’s all about what works for each individual; rather than a “catch-all” organization tool that every single person in the world loves.
Tip Number 3
Invest in some decor. It may sound silly to some people to have decorating elements in their office – but you would be amazed at the inspiration you could derive from your favorite photograph being up on the wall.
Look for wall decor that inspires you. It can be anything as long as it catches your eye. Remember, this office space is your work, it’s your job – it needs to be as invigorating and inspiring as possible. You need this space to help motivate you to get things done.
Tip Number 4
Invest in an office chair. If you’re working 40 or more hours a week from your home office, splurge on a great office chair. Choose something that suits you, your style, and your comfort level. Chances are, you’ve had your eye on a comfy office chair – so now is a great time to get it. Keeping yourself comfortable will help you stay focused on your work, rather than contemplating getting up for a snack because your back is killing you after sitting in that flimsy folding chair for 2 and a half hours.
When it comes right down to it, having an office space that motivates you can increase your productivity and help you achieve your work goals. Be sure to create a warm and inviting space that motivates you to really get things done.