Your surroundings have a big impact not only on your mood and emotions but also on your productivity and the quality of work you accomplish. If you are working in a space that constantly drives you crazy or leaves you feeling like you did nothing after a long work day, then chances are your workspace is uninspiring. This means that the space around you isn’t living up to its potential. With a few simple tricks, your workspace can transform from an unfulfilling cubicle to a dreamscape.
Organize, organize, organize
The first thing you need to do when working to create an inspiring work area is to do a deep clean and then start tidying. I’m talking like full Marie Kondo mode. Start with trash, empty water bottles, papers you don’t need, etc. A cluttered workspace is more stressful than inspiring.
Be intentional with your visualizations
Think about what you stare at day in and day out. Is it a plain wall? Chances are that this view is not leaving you feeling refreshed, imaginative, and stimulated. The good news is that it is easy to fix this. Think about what really inspires you. Ask yourself: What gets you out of bed in the morning? What is the driving factor behind everything that you do? Make a mood board of these things. Print photographs, clip images or words from old books or magazines, swatch colors and fabrics. Basically, make a collage of all the things that ignite a feeling or emotion in you when you look at them.
Don’t forget about smells
Smell is a sense that we often overlook. A smell can silently drive you nuts all day everyday. To remedy this issue find a candle or room spray that energizes you and appeals to you. Don’t go crazy with it and make the scent overwhelmingly present; but create an environment that is comfortable and pleasant.
Recognize what motivates you
Some people are motivated by money, others by “things.” Some by their family and others by affirmation from their boss. Whatever thing or combination of things that motivate you is unique to you. It is important to recognize your motivators and to keep them at the forefront of your mind. This will be helpful on days when you need a motivational kickstart.
Change your scenery
With routine comes monotony. Make sure to get outside, work from a coffee shop, or even just face your desk in a different direction. Giving yourself a new view to look at breaks up the repetition and allows your brain new inspirational sources.
Creating an inspiring workspace is such a personal endeavor. What might be dull to you might be overflowing with creativity to someone else. But with some self-reflection and a bit of “DIY-ing” you’ll have an office space that you can be proud of.
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