Whether you’re considering changing your home office up or just starting to create one, you can make a few choices that will result in a more peaceful, productive home office. If you’re going for a focused-yet-relaxed vibe, check out these ideas for creating a home office that inspire you to settle in and get work done.
5 Ideas to Create a Peaceful, Productive Home Office
Before we get any further, let’s be clear: There’s no such thing as a productive home office. There are productive people who work from well-organized, visually appealing home offices, but there are no offices that inspire productivity all on their own.
These ideas will help you create an environment that encourages you to jump in and get more work done, be more mindful in your work, and get more satisfaction from doing your job.
Idea 1: Get several house plants and place them around your office
It’s an instant boost to any indoor space, but it’s especially invigorating to add house plants to a home office. A few splashes of bright and deep greens in your work space is proven to improve mood and increase oxygen levels in the room.
Idea 2: Spend a Sunday deeply cleaning and organizing the office
It’s worth it to schedule one of your precious “weekend” days organizing your home office. Start at the bottom and work your way up. When you’ve committed an entire day to the process, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when it only takes an hour or two. Do this monthly to ensure you never lose important documents or accumulate too much clutter.
Idea 3: Choose a color that seems synonymous with peace to you
While blue is universally recognized as a peaceful color that depicts calmness and tranquility, not everyone gets the peaceful vibe from it. Choose a color that seems the most calming and peaceful to you, and make that your office’s bold wall color. Pepper it everywhere you can–on storage cubes, the walls, a chair, and even staplers, keyboard covers, etc.
Idea 4: Get a label maker and create simple labels for trays, drawers, cabinets, etc.
Label-making comes naturally to some entrepreneurs, but for many of us, it’s not exactly second nature. Once you create simple labels for your storage areas and document trays, your organization skills will improve. It’s easier to remember to put the file into the right pocket when there’s a clear space especially for it. If you have a tray labeled “Outgoing mail,” it goes into the tray and not in a messy pile on your desk. Productivity!
Idea 5: Look for unique, comfortable furniture to sit on
Just because it’s an office doesn’t mean it has to be boring and traditional. If you prefer something a little different than the traditional desk chair, try something new! An extra large, over-stuffed beanbag chair could be a comfortable choice that makes you feel like you’re having fun at work. You might try sitting on a fluffy pillow on the floor or switching to a wooden chair that is designed to encourage you to shift your weight or get up and move around every hour or so.