Workspace essentials are something that are most commonly overlooked when trying to determine how to influence your mood or productivity levels in the office. Your state of mind is heavily influenced by not only the work you’re doing, but also the environment you’re doing it within. Down below we have listed some of the best ways to accent your workspace to boost your mood!
We highly recommend designing your office space with things that centre and excite you, as this will help you accomplish your work not only in a timely manner, but also at a higher success rate. Listen, we don’t know about you, but when we are working we become easily distracted. Everything affects our mindset, it’s important to not assume the environment you’re working within won’t.
Your environment heavily impacts your state of mind. It’s not something a lot of people think about, but it’s true! Whether your workspace is at-home or within an office setting, these tips work for both environments. Decorating your space with objects and accents that make you happy and excited, will impact the work you create and complete. A lot of people give up on their work or look for jobs elsewhere because they don’t feel inspired or excited in their current careers. This is something you can easily fix by creating a place where you feel excited and motivated to work within! By adding little touches here and there that express who you are as a person will help your mind feel more at ease and driven to complete work you’re proud of.
This post features our most loved workspace essentials that will influence your productivity levels for the better!
Must-Have Workspace Essentials for Productivity
1. Choose Your Aesthetic
Find yourself a theme you love. Whether it’s one that’s light and airy, dark and moody, colourful and fun… choose an aesthetic you LOVE to walk into every day. Working in a space you feel inspired within will have a positive effect on your end product. Your productivity levels will be even higher than ever before. Your creative mind thrives on inspiration, so find something that inspires you and focus your office design around it.
We love this home office design by @vanessafrancis! Not only is it simple and sleek, but it also offers the perfect amount of colour to encourage creativity.
2. Wall Decor
Maybe you can’t completely transform your space to fit your aesthetic and that’s okay! If there is one way to express yourself within your work space (without having to go all out) our top choice would be wall decor! Wall decor allows you to demonstrate your style and influence your mood. As studies show, art can greatly impact the way you think, feel, and create.
Choosing a piece that excites, moves, and motivates you is important in designing a space that will influence your mind. So we highly suggest looking into wall art/decor when revamping your workspace. From motivating phrases to abstract art, the options for wall decor is endless, just be sure to pick something that resonates with you- that’s our only guideline.
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3. Make Sure You’re Comfy!
One thing we HATE when working is not feeling comfortable. It seriously declines our ability to produce good work and finish it on time. We highly suggest investing in furniture and appliances that create a comfortable office environment. One thing we seriously recommend? Finding a good office chair. This is by far the most important thing when working behind a desk all day! Other things to enhance your comfort would be monitor risers/mounts, an air purifier, heat and cooling fan, etc. Whatever you personally need to feel comfy is highly suggested to invest in. Again, comfortability is subjective! OH, remember! You will be sitting here for at least 8+ hours every week day. Choosing something that isn’t comfortable will not only negatively impact your work, but also your health!
4. Trendy & Realistic Furniture
We’ve seen a ton of people purchase things just to get it over and done with, but when the product arrives- they are nowhere near as impressed or happy with it as they assumed they would be. Remember to purchase practical furniture that you enjoy having within your space- and that fits for your given task. For example, choose a desk that fits your space and is spacious enough (while also being aesthetically pleased with). It’s not just an accent piece, you will actually have to use it. Shelving, book cases, and file cabinets are some things we would recommend- depending upon your daily tasks. If not for professional use, you can always use them to add cute decor as well.
5. Sources of Light
Sunlight is clinically proven to be beneficial for your health. Not only is it important for your physical health, but it is also crucial for your mental and emotional health as well. Vitamin D is known to boost your mood, improve your focus, and induce happiness. We always recommend setting up your office in a space with natural light pouring through. However, if setting up your work space near a window isn’t possible, there are a few fixes we can recommend! There are actually lamps and devices on the market today that replicate sunlight and can help influence the same feelings natural sunlight can. Down below is an option we have found works wonders, but there are a ton more out available as well.
Don’t have natural sunlight? Don’t worry! Here is a light that replicates the sun and is proven to have the same effects on your mood.
6. Mood Boosters
If you are new to a desk job, or are an experienced office worker looking for some new suggestions on relieving stress and tension in your workspace, listen up! (Disclaimer: everyone is different, so tension relievers will vary for each and every person.) But, here are a few things we do to lessen the stress while we work.
We personally love listening to music while we work. Nothing too crazy! Just some soft soothing music that we find ourselves singing along to while getting our work done. If you aren’t a multitasker, thennnn that one might be hard to utilize, but we suggest giving it a go.
Another thing we find that works when our mind feels like mush? Taking a break. Remember you can’t sit down all day long without going crazy. You need to get up and move a little! We love going for a walk, playing with our dog, or doing some yoga. Find something that is a good motivator for you and find a way to implement it in the office!
7. Calendars, Planners, Agenda’s
These we seriously live by. It’s pretty simple actually, we really wouldn’t be able to stay on top of all our work otherwise! Don’t knock a good calendar until you try it! Having your daily tasks and events scheduled in will seriously help you stay on track and not overbook yourself!
8. Desk Decor
Don’t forget about the decor that spruces up the office! Pen holders, paper weights, paper pads, decorative objects, plants…. you know- the fun stuff! Use these add ons to express your personal style. You can add a little bit of style here and there to keep you feeling good vibes while you work.
BONUS Workspace Essentials: Vision Board
Ok, this one is a bonus… but how cool are vision boards? We love these for the added element of inspiration they can influence in a space. Looking at the goals you plan to achieve on a daily basis can really impact the way you work and how hard you work.
We find working in a space we feel artistically inspired within can influence us to work harder and better! Designing a space your creativity can shine within will ultimately produce some of your best work, without the burnout. Spaces you don’t feel inspired within can show up in the product you put forth, so don’t allow your environment to hold you back. Create one that helps your vision prosper.