DID YOU START OFF 2021 WITH PLENTY OF GOOD INTENTIONS?
You probably meant to work smarter, be more focused and pro-active, set goals and so on. Here we are, one month in, and all that positive mindset is waning away in the harsh light of wintery mornings and back to back zoom calls.
It’s difficult to be focused if your work environment is not inviting. It’s time to stand still, take a look around you and think, what can you do to make your office a nicer place to be?
DECLUTTER YOUR HOME WORKSPACE
Let’s take a look at your desk first. Whether you are working from your own home office or your kitchen table, it is important to have a tidy workspace. It sounds really simple, but a tidy space makes for a tidy mind.
Invest in some funky desk tidies and some bright coloured note pads. There’s a reason why so many people love stationery – it just helps you feel organised and inspired to achieve things. Introducing some order to your desk will make you feel more in control of your space.
HYGIENE IS IMPORTANT TOO
Wiping over your workspace with a antibacterial wipe is half the battle but there are still plenty of places they miss – including your keyboard and telephone. We don’t want to freak you out, but your keyboard can hold more germs than a toilet seat. Just think of all the crumbs you drop on there and the things your fingers hold and touch before you start tapping away, and you’ll have the wet wipes out in no time.
Give your mobile a wipe too, polish your computer screen and wipe over the desk. You’ll already finding your work space a little more welcoming.
WORK WITH A VIEW
Now your desk is nice and tidy, take a look around the room itself. You have a huge amount of control over your environment, working from home is becoming the new normal so make sure that you find a space in your home that allows you to be focused and enjoy a view, sitting by a window is both great for the mind and ensures you don’t get square eyes! However, if you have no choice but to work looking at a wall, pop up some inspirational posters. Get a notice board, or how about investing in some artwork?
Plants are a lovey way to brighten up your office space – and they have the benefit of adding more oxygen to the room, which improves your concentration. But if you are not green fingered, even some artificial plants can add colour.
MAKE SPACE WITH ARCHIVING
Home workspaces are very different to the offices we were used to. However, they operate exactly the same – it is a location where you work. With home space sometimes being limited, archives can pile up very quickly. Grab yourself some decorative boxes that can function as storage while ensuring you are not cluttering up your workspace.
What if you don’t have space at home?
Do you really need all that paperwork? In many cases you have to keep documents, particularly if your industry requires storing customer data for any length of time – but you don’t actually need it to hand. So, consider archiving options.
Make the most of your office space
Now that’s all out of the way, look at the wonderful space you have left. You now have a clean and clear workspace to enjoy!