Go to work… on your office space!
Make the transition from bed to desk a bit less painful by giving your home office the face-lift it deserves. It’s not as simple as throwing a silk pillowcase over a stack of paperwork, but once you’re done with these simple tricks you may actually enjoy sitting down to tackle the day.
Ready, Set, Home Office Magic
1. Whistle While You Work
Whether you need to zen out or amp up the energy, nowadays there’s a playlist for every occasion. Find a music mix that gets your creative juices flowing. For starters, try Spotify’s Brain Food. If earbuds aren’t your thing, shop an old-school record player for your home workspace. Not only are record players stylish, but flipping over the vinyl will let you know when it’s time for a break.
2. Shed Some Light On Your Home Office
Research shows that good lighting positively affects productivity. Make sure that lighting is working in your favor. Even if you don’t have tons of natural light, something as simple as switching out your lightbulbs can noticeably enhance your mood. For example, research shows that cool light makes you more active and attentive. So, if you are feeling abnormally sluggish, give it a try. Also, be sure that you’re highlighting the right areas in your workspace. Avoid angling direct light on your computer screen to eliminate glare. Instead, aim for overhead lighting or ambient light to illuminate your desk surface.
3. Go Green
Green thumb or not, including plants in your home office design is an excellent way to enhance your environment and liven up your space. Us humans are happiest when surrounded by nature, but not all of us can work from the nearest park. Bring the outdoors in with potted plants. If you’re looking for something low-maintenance, try a terrarium like this one from Urban Outfitters.
4. Good Vibes Only
Let’s face it, you may not be in love with your work, but don’t allow yourself to feel the same way about your home workspace. Consider how much time a week you spend in your office environment. Whether it be a desk, a cubicle, or your living room sofa, make sure that your workspace is somewhere you can feel positive and productive. Surround yourself with a “good vibes only” mantra. Fill your walls with artwork that makes you smile. Choose pieces with positive connotations—an ocean scene or a view of your favorite destination. Then fill your tabletop and shelves with clever and quirky knick knacks to help to personalize your domain.
Not Just For Work
Your workspace does not have to be used solely for work. Taking periodical breaks mentally and physically helps you to be more productive. By adding in a piece such as a cozy lounge chair, you can separate yourself from your world of work-even just for ten minutes. By making your room into a multi-functional space, you will help to erase the association of the area to work-related tasks. Your home office may even start to feel like a getaway.
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