Many people I know spend a big chunk of their day working in an office. And it's common for the offices to be cold, drab, and messy, which can make going to work a drag. So it’s extremely important to organize and decorate the space to create a cozier and more inviting work environment. Once you make the effort to create a comfortable and functional space, you’ll get so much more done and be more efficient.
Take a look at these before and after pictures of an office I styled to see how you can Set Your Office Up for More Productivity!
If you feel inspired to make some changes in your own office, here are a few tips to consider when creating an office that’ll maximize your productivity.
COMFORT IS KEY. A warm space will help you stay put and get those to-do items crossed off your list.
- Do you like your chair? If not, now is the time to invest in a new one, ideally with an adjustable height.
- Is your computer screen at the right height? If not, try adding a few books under to raise it to eye level.
- Do you need additional lighting? Strained eyes = headache = zero productivity
- How’s the temperature? Try keeping a throw blanket on the back of your chair in case you get chilly.
GET IT ORGANIZED.
- Clear out all the old paperwork and materials that you don’t need. You’ll find what you need faster and increase your productivity instantly .
- Use drawer dividers for your office supplies to prevent yourself from wasting time rummaging around looking for that darn sharpie!
- Use a 3 tiered tray for your “Inbox”, “To-Do” and “To File"
- Keep the supplies you use most often in arm’s reach. Use the top of the desk for the items you use daily, the top drawers for the supplies you use frequently and the harder to reach drawers for the items you don’t need as often.
ADD PERSONAL TOUCHES.
- Books (try removing the paper cover) & Bookends
- Framed pictures
- A Plant
- Office supplies: trays or bowls, fun staplers, pencil holders, patterned notebook
- Hang Artwork
- Accent Chair
- Side Table
For those of us lucky enough to work from home can use a comfy workspace too! If you work from home, consider adding:
- Fresh coat of paint
- Area Rug
- Bar cart to hold printer and supplies
Remember, the goal is to really like the way your space looks, and feels. Ultimately this is still where you go to do work, so you may not love being here all the time. But I guarantee that taking the time to get it set up for your needs will get you energized and focused to get your work done!
Let me know if you notice a difference in your productivity levels after trying a few of these tips!