Let me ask you a question. Would you rather work at an empty desk surrounded by bare, white walls or a space that was a reflection of the things you love and your personality? Personally, I would go with the second option!
No matter if you’re working from home, your dorm, or an office, if your workspace is bland your work and your mood will start to be the same.
Here are some ways to spice up your space:
If you have the money and your workspace allows it, buy your own chair. Make sure it is customized to what you need and what you like. I know I would much rather work on a padded chair with armrests than a rock-hard folding chair. Make sure you are getting the support you need so you can resist back and neck aches.
When work gets overwhelming and stressful, it’s nice to have ways to stay grounded. Have a picture of your dog or a family photo from your favorite vacation. Seeing the people you love and care about will keep your stress levels down. It will also remind you there is more than just that presentation you need to finish.
See Things in Color
Have you ever noticed that you feel refreshed and energized on a bright and colorful spring morning? But on a snowy and dull winter day you aren’t as chipper?
Many studies have been done on the effects of color and how we feel. Some research has shown that the color green can help eliminate stress, red can make your feel more detail-oriented, and blue can boost creativity.
Check out this short, fun color quiz to see what kind of colors you need in your life!
Decorate to Motivate
A lot of people are visually motivated. Put motivational saying on your desk, corkboards, and around your computer. Sometimes we just need a little reminder to keep us going.
Here are some motivational sayings you can decorate your space with:
- “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”
- “The expert in anything was always a beginner.”
- “The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.”
- “Tell that negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.”
- “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”
- “Never let success get to your head. Never let failure get to your heart.”
- “Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.”
Make the Space Your Own
It is very important that your workspace reflects who you are as a person. If you are really into dogs, you wouldn’t have pictures of cats everywhere, would you? Find decorations and little things you can put in your space that will make you feel good.
A key to being successful and being a good worker is loving and knowing who you are as a person. Embrace your individuality and let your workspace show it.
Use your Resources
You don’t have to be an interior designer to have a rocking workspace. There are many magazines, websites, and stores that can help you out. My favorite place to look up new décor ideas is through Pinterest. But be careful, it can be addicting!
Have Fun with It
Work does not always have to mean work. You should enjoy what you do and have fun with it. The best way I like to do that is to have quirky things around to keep things more interesting and light-hearted.
Here are some places you can find unique and eccentric things for your workspace:
- Geek Your Office
- Klear Gear: Desk Accessories
- Klear Gear: Signs
- Northwest Gifts: Funny Office Signs
- Gadget Flow: Office Decor