Love Your Workspace
Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never work another day in your life.” If you are one of those lucky people who love their careers or jobs or work, hats off to you! But even if you are not, one way to make your workday more enjoyable is to create a workspace you love.
Assess your workspace.
Whether you work from home or in an office, you must first look at the area defined as your workspace. Is this space supporting you while you work? Do you have enough room? Are things easy to reach? Does it inspire you to do well?
Decide what might need to change in your space. This is easier to do if you work from home. If you are in an office, you cannot just make your office bigger, but instead will have to make the area given to you work just as it is. Get creative. You might be able to ask your boss for an alternative space. At home, you could turn a hallway space into your new office.
For me, my workspace is in my bedroom. I know . . . a big no-no according to most people, but I have no choice. I assessed my situation and decided to move my bed to a corner and give my workspace the priority. I put my dresser in my closet and poof! Now I have a great work area.
Declutter and remove anything that is not essential to your success.
Minimalism usually promotes productivity in the workplace. Clutter tends to distract us. Remove and eliminate extra books, binders, tools, and even decorative items for now. A clear desk is more inviting than a desk covered in papers.
I used to think if my work was stacked in piles where I could see it, I would get more done. Instead, the opposite is true. Out-of-sight does not mean out-of-mind. I list my tasks in my planner, but the piles of papers associated with each task are in a drawer.
Because I am an artist, I have endless supplies of paper, markers, paints, etc. But I am currently not using most of it. I boxed up everything that I don’t need for the next six months. It opened up my whole area!
Organize for optimal performance.
Notice when you work what items always seems to be out of reach or are a struggle to take out. Remember to place tools and things you use often in the most convenient locations. Are you constantly scanning papers? Or do you often need to grab a ruler? Are you on Zoom calls most of the day but your cord doesn’t reach the outlet?
In my space, I switched one shelf with another one and now I can reach all my drawing and cutting tools. It seems to be a simple thing, but the convenience of this is huge.
Add inspirational pieces.
What inspires you in your work? Put little reminders or words that help you be positive and productive. When I repeatedly see these reminders, it seems to lift my mood.
On my desk I have a mug that says, “Be still.” I am reminded to stay calm; my work will get done; no need to worry. I also have a sign that says, “Create.” It reminds me to do something creative every day.
Personalize your space.
Add personal items to make your space yours. How does your workspace represent you? What does it say about you? Do you have family photos? Or your child’s drawing? Or your pet’s picture?
My family is the most important thing to me. I love looking at the picture I have of them. I think about them often throughout the day and the picture just makes me feel good.
I hope you are inspired to create a workspace you love. If you have additional ideas and tips, please share. I would love to hear about what you do to make your work area a place you enjoy!
The image was taken by Domenico Loia and can be found on Unsplash.com here: