Be More Productive at Home With These Tips
We all know how much the environment we’re in influences our mood, but how many of us are aware that it can also have a significant impact on productivity? Actually, it’s been established long ago that the way we decorate and design our offices has a major role in how productive we are.
Architects and interior designers have been supplying us with so many ideas, tips, and trick for offices of all types and sizes that even those with no thoughts about office decoration can turn our offices into much more pleasant places for work.
Since we spend many hours every workday (and sometimes even weekends!) in our offices, it’s only reasonable that we arrange it in a way that is both pleasing to the eye and that provides maximal comfort and functionality.
While it’s possible to enhance your bedroom for a good nights rest, the same can be said for increasing your productivity during the day.
Let’s take a look at some tips that should help us create a unique space that will help us be more productive.
Get rid of clutter
First things first, there can be no talk of productivity if your office is cluttered and untidy. Your first step should be to get rid of all unnecessary items, both visible and stored in drawers and cabinets.
Once your office is better organized, you’ll notice that you are more productive, since you don’t waste time looking for something or removing clutter from the desk. One of the secrets is to go for a minimalistic aesthetic, which means your office should be clutter-free.
Having a well-lit office is essential. Not only because it reduces the eye-strain, so typical in poorly lit rooms, but also because light boosts energy and stimulates people. Needless to say, the more natural light you get into the office, the better.
So, if possible, install larger windows to get more daylight. If that’s not an option, make sure you invest in enough lights around the office. You should also try to go green and opt for energy-efficient LEDs. You’ll save a lot of money on electricity bills, and you won’t have to replace the lights that often, which means you’ll be saving even more.
Believe it or not, the choice of flooring can also impact your productivity. The current trend suggests that we should opt for natural materials as much as possible to create a more pleasant office, but even there you can go one step further.
Namely, traditional hardwood is beautiful and natural, but less eco-friendly than bamboo, for example. What’s even more important is that you can use this extremely light material to create a custom-made design of your floor that will most definitely look warm.
Since it doesn’t contain any VOCs, it’s one of the most popular choices among interior designers throughout the world. If bamboo is not an option, go for reclaimed and recycled timber.
Every office needs stationery and various equipment. Since everything you keep in your office is a reflection of your attitude to work, make sure you have state-of-the-art stuff around the office. Most people nowadays order their supplies online through sites and have their purchase delivered, often at no additional cost.
The most important thing about the furniture in your office is that it serves its primary purpose. However, that doesn’t mean you should just use any item that you can get hold of. On the contrary, it should also look sleek and modern.
What’s more, the more eco-conscious office furniture is, the more you’ll be doing for the environment. So, try to use eco-friendly materials, made from FSC sources or recycled metal and plastic.
If you love the thought of going green check out the tips for going green in your home. The article is packed with awesome advice for living the green lifestyle.
Colors can be a great inspiration, and many studies have confirmed this fact. Blue is supposed to stimulate your mind, while yellow hues will boost creativity. Similarly, green notes will help you relax, which is also essential to do in the office.
However, your choice of colors will significantly depend on your personality and preferences. No matter what scientists say, some colors can easily have a completely different impact on you than on people in a study group. This means you should focus on what you like and the color that inspires you to work better.
We know that certain scents are used in shops to stimulate customers to shop and spend money. That is because it has been proven beyond any doubt that we have a strong reaction to different scents. After all, if you want to be as productive as possible, you need to cater to all the senses.
For example, peppermint is known to energize and refresh, which should help you concentrate better. Citrusy scents, on the other hand, help you unwind and de-stress. You may use scented candles, but they can be dangerous if you forget to blow them out. Instead, you can use an essential oil diffuser.
You want as much nature as possible in your office and what better way to ensure that than by introducing plants to your office? Adding greenery to your office helps you bring feel-good vibes and you’ll also notice how the indoor air quality improves.
Of course, not all plants can thrive in an office and you have to choose those that can. If you are not sure about the selection, consult an expert. From the decorative point of view, you might want to use some unusual and decorative vases and pots.
Motivation is the key
There are times when you don’t feel particularly inspired, to say the least. You find it hard to get down to business and no matter what you try, you simply lack motivation. To combat this, you might want to consider adding some pieces that feature your favorite motivational messages.
Luckily, you can get those custom-made nowadays, on almost anything. It may sound trivial, but it’s helpful when you need something to motivate you or keep you inspired to work. Whether it’s a quote or a pic, something that makes you grab the bull by the horns should be in your office.
Making your office a place that nurtures productivity is both important and enriching. That’s why you should follow these and similar tips to create a space that suits you.
Decorating your office for maximum productivity isn’t difficult if you are willing to put in the effort. Hopefully, you have enjoyed these tips for making your office a better working environment.
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About the author: Amelia Atkins is an author at Smooth Decorator and a fresh architecture student. The love for architecture and design runs in her family. She knew what she wanted to do from a very young age. You can often find her with a notepad in hand, just looking at the clouds, dreaming about the next skyscraper.