In order to be creative and work at your peak energy level, you need an office environment that energizes and inspires you. Tired of looking at the same four walls and the same old clutter? It’s time to make changes and revitalize your office and yourself! Here are several ideas on simple changes that make a big difference.
Brighten it up with light. Working in a dark dungeon isn’t good for your energy levels, mood or productivity. Let in the sunshine for an immediate pick-up. If you don’t have a lot of natural light in your home office, add some. You can add lamps and light fixtures in key locations. Instead of harsh light, use natural spectrum light bulbs that simulate sunlight.
Add plants. Now that you have some light, add plants to your workspace. Plants help to naturally clean the air around you and they are nice to look at. Keep a pot of blooming flowers in your office. Not only are they beautiful, the blooms last much longer than cut flowers.
Get organized. Not only will you be more productive, you will feel less stress. Just looking at a desk piled with papers, or a work table that is buried under multiple projects, can make you feel anxious and unhappy. Pick up a few fun, brightly colored organizing accessories to help you organize and add color at the same time.
Do something about those cords! Do you have computer cables and power cords running all over the place? Take out any unnecessary cords (What does that go to, anyway?), and hide any others that you can. Use ties to keep cables together so they don’t get tangled. Label them so you know what the other end of each cable is connected to.
Put on a fresh coat of paint. Painting is one of the most cost-effective decorating changes you can make to any room, including your home office. Choose a color that you will enjoy looking at all day. Make it bold and bright, or soft and subdued, but changing the color of a room changes the mood. Even if you don’t make much of a change to the color, a fresh coat of paint brightens the room, just find commercial painting company and start renovation!
Put your personality into your office. Hang pictures or your family and friends, your favorite places or paintings you like to look at. Make a vision board that represents your goals and hang it where it will inspire you throughout the day.
Update your office for comfort. How many hours a day do you spend in your chair? If you are still using that $15 chair you got on sale, maybe it is time to treat yourself to a new, ergonomic chair. Your back will thank you and you will be more productive when you are comfortable (and not in pain).
Do you like to listen to music during the workday? Get a dock or speakers for your iPod, or put a small CD or MP3 player near your desk.
Make your home office a welcoming space where you can do your best work in comfort and peace.