We spend a lot of time in our workspaces. Whether you work in an outside office or at home, you need to set up your work area so that you can be productive, motivated and happy at work. Here are some ideas to create your ideal workspace.
Make your workspace attractive to you. Choose a look and feel that works for you. Do you like bright colors? Earth tones? A window with a view?What is your style? Invest some time and money to make your workspace a place you want to be.
Use music, scents and plants to make your workplace a pleasant place to be. Don’t play music that puts you to sleep or distracts you, but choose tunes that keep you upbeat and motivated. Essential oils and other scents can be enjoyable, but remember that some people are sensitive to scents. If you work around others or often have clients in your office you may want to go easy on the aromatherapy.
Add your personality. Put photos of your family, friends and pets in your office. Post inspirational quotations. Put your favorite art on the walls. Post your goals and chart your progress as you work toward them. Make a vision board with words and images of your dreams and where you are headed. Your vision board might include photos of places you want to travel, your dream house or car, financial goals, and more. If you are building your business so you can stay home with your kids, include a photo of yourself with your kids.
Clear the clutter. Get organized and get the clutter off your desk. How often do you waste time searching for something you need? Have a place for everything and keep things where they belong. Get a file cabinet, get an inbox, and use them. Also keep your computer organized. Use subfolders to organize your projects instead of lumping everything into one big folder. Keep on top of email. Use filters to automatically send emails into folders. For example, you can have filters to send email newsletters into their own folders so that you can act on important client emails and read the newsletters later.
It is hard to be productive when you are in pain. Choose furniture and equipment that you can use comfortably. Some people like to use a ball chair and others use a desk that allows them to stand while they work. Of course, most people still use a standard desk and chair. Whatever you decide works best for you, take the time to choose a comfortable workstation. Your back will thank you. Also choose a keyboard and mouse or trackball that you can use without pain.
Make your workplace a pleasant place to be so that you look forward to going to work and get more done while you are there.