For many, working from home became an inevitable outcome of COVID. While working remotely has its perks, being stuck inside all day, in the same space, can get boring very quickly.
A change of décor might be just the shift you need to keep your spirits up. While living and working in the same space, it’s vital to create a desirable workspace for your sanity and productivity.
If you’re ready to revamp your workspace to renew your motivation and attitude towards work, read on for five creative tips.
1. Open the Windows
Fresh air keeps you alert and attentive. A breeze through the room helps to cleanse the space. Let the fresh air in and take some deep breaths!
2. Focus on Lighting and Scents
Natural light is the ideal choice to brighten a room. Sunlight has a positive effect on mood. The white-blue hue of daylight makes people happier and more energized. It improves productivity and alertness.
Try adding unique lighting accents. Salt lamps and candles both provide a warm light, promoting relaxation to help you ground you.
For scent, try diffusing essential oils or lighting candles that energize you and enhance your performance. Rosemary has positive effects on the brain, specifically memory. The smell may trigger responses to questions significantly faster. In a way, it makes people more innovative and sharper problem solvers. Peppermint, lemon, and cinnamon scents also boost attentiveness and wake up the brain.
3. Embrace the Power of Nature
Add some plants to your space. Plants purify the air and remove excess carbon monoxide. This increased oxygenation of the air can improve productivity by up to 15% and can also help to combat drowsiness. Additionally, the color green is said to stimulate brain productivity and maintain a sense of calmness without straining the eyes.
Select a plant such as the Sansevieria Trifasciata. This plant requires very little care, and is an excellent air purifier, removing toxins and pollutants from your space. The peace lily is another superb choice. According to NASA, it can remove more VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) than any other plant. Breathing in these gases can negatively affect the organs and the nervous system and in some cases can cause cancer.
Fresh flowers are another excellent option to add to your space. Decorate with bright, colorful bouquets to boost mood and energy.
4. Add Some Color
Bored of your plain white walls? Try repainting for a simple change that can make you feel inspired again. Blue is an excellent option to stimulate productivity and energy. If changing up the color of your walls feels too drastic for you, get creative and paint your desk. Rather than a neutral or wood grain, revamp it up with a brighter color to give your office a unique touch and a sense of playfulness.
A simple way to fall in love with your office again? Rearrange the furniture and get rid of all the clutter. Clutter induces feelings of anxiety and procrastination. A good cleaning will help you get rid of useless items.
All loose documents should have an appropriate filing system that allows you to take on one task at a time. Loose, scattered items are more likely to go unnoticed or forgotten. Get creative with shelving, boxes, and storage.
Finally, make sure to always leave your desk clear every night once you finish work. A decluttered desk is a peaceful vision to start your day off on the right foot.
The Bottom Line
Changing up your workspace is an excellent way to experience a fresh perspective towards your work and boost creativity. Not to mention, cleaning and rearranging furniture releases endorphins and burns calories. It’s a win-win!
Looking for additional support to improve your performance at work? Talk to an Arootah coach today.
What great ideas! Definitely will be painting my desk a new color for spring!