Whether you are a fledgling web entrepreneur, successful blogger, or an online student, anyone who works from home the majority of the time knows how difficult it can be to create a workspace that doesn’t feel like an extension of your living room couch. It can be easy to neglect this part of our working lives, especially when working from home.
With the pressure to “get some work done,” taking the time to actually fix up your work area feels secondary. However, preparing a great work space, and then giving it some life, is one of the best ways to provide yourself with constant inspiration and energy while doing your thing at home.
Here are some great tips for creating a space that works:
1. Let the sun shine in.
This is one of the best ways to totally transform a space. If your work area is a blinds-shut, lamp over your desktop in a dark corner type of scenario, then you really need a re-vamp. Being able to see outside, or at least get some natural light. This is one of the best ways to indicate to your body that it’s time to get up, feel alive, and work hard.
Sure, you can conjure that feeling in a dark corner with a ton of coffee and a tight deadline, but trying to keep that up every day is not going to work. Location the nearest source of natural light and figure out how to station your work area around it.
This seems like a no-brainer, but, when working in your own home, sorting out the difference between home and work can be tricky. It can be so tricky, that it leaves many of us with work papers floating around our kitchen counters, and family games, diapers and homework reports stacked in our work space.
To give yourself the gift of a true office space, take out anything that doesn’t pertain to your work. Then, once you have separated your two spaces, go through all your work documents and supplies, and organize everything according to what you use most. File any unnecessary clutter away and throw away what you are capable of letting go of!
3. Ditch unnecessary details.
When we decorate our homes, we can be free to pile as many knick-knacks and family heirlooms as we want onto our shelves, hang what we like on the walls, and add as many other elements of personal “flair” as we choose. When we are trying to work, though, sometimes, the more streamlined the decorations, the better. Opt for a few strong pieces that inspire you, rather than tons of small pieces (which can lend a cluttered, scattered feel).
4. Choose colors you love and that love you.
When you’re choosing the colors to feature in your workspace, you first have to find colors that you love. However, it’s important that you feel refreshed and energized by your color choices on a daily basis, so you have to more than love office colors. They need to be shades and tones that help you, personally, feel calm, strong, confident and energized. That may be anything from soft lilac to cream to fire engine red. Just remember that you have to think beyond your favorite colours and make sure they will work for your own efficiency.
Seeking more workspace inspiration?
We love hunting through Claire Lancaster's 'Workplace Inspiration' series for ideas for our workspaces. Head over to womeninbusiness.com.au to take a look!
This is a guest post by Nadia Jones who blogs at accredited online colleges about education, college, student, teacher, money saving and movie related topics. You can reach her at nadia.jones5@ gmail.com.