Currently, many of us work from home. And no matter if it’s permanent or temporary because of the global situation, we need a workspace that helps us feel calm and concentrated. Of course, I know not all of us have the luxury of a separate room or even a dedicated desk. At this time, many will be working out of smaller, shared spaces in their homes. Hence, not all of my tips on creating a calm and productive workspace will apply to your situation. Still, some tweaking here and there can surely help you relax and increase your productivity.
5 Tips on Creating a Calm and Productive Workspace at Home
- Remove clutter and unnecessary things.
- Minimize distractions.
- Optimize the lighting.
- Calm your senses.
- Separate business from everything personal.
No. 1: Remove Clutter and Unnecessary Items
Clearing out clutter and removing unnecessary stuff is the first step to create a calm and productive workspace. Ideally, you should only be surrounded by what you need at the moment you do your work.
- Remove unnecessary furniture, decoration, and all other things you no longer need.
- Store away everything that isn’t related to your business, e.g., craft supplies, toys, books, and magazines.
- Declutter and minimize your paperwork. In this post, I share a few tips on how to do it:
How to Declutter and Reduce Paperwork to a Minimum
No. 2: Minimize Distractions
Energy flows where attention goes. Therefore the less distracted, the more productive we are. But not only clutter (see tip no. 1) takes away from our energy. Also, when there’s too much going on around us.
- Switch off the TV and other devices.
- If you share spaces, try noise-canceling headphones.
- Use ‘digital simplifiers’ mindfully. Reduce notifications to a minimum.
For more information on how to simplify and better manage everything digital, refer to these posts:
- How to Declutter Your Inbox and Reduce Email Stress
- Declutter and Better Organize Digital Files in 5 Steps
- Digital Minimalism: Why and How to Get Started
No. 3: Optimize the Lighting
The lighting in your workspace has a significant impact on your productivity – the more natural light, the better. But there are also other ways to optimize:
- Move your desk as close to the window as possible.
- Get shades to adjust the sunlight if necessary.
- Get a desk light that’s bright enough to keep you awake.
- Install extra lighting for zoom calls, e.g., a ring lamp behind your computer screen.
No. 4. Calm Your Senses
By adding selected pieces of decoration, we can instantly create a welcoming and calming environment. Here’re a few ideas. Pick whatever appeals to you:
- A pretty vase and a bunch of fresh flowers
- A scented candle that induces concentration and calmness
- A lovely coffee or teacup that you only use at your desk
- Upgraded office supplies, such as a pretty pen, notebook, folder
In case you enjoy the luxury of a dedicated room, consider painting the walls in a calming color and adding some plants.
No. 5: Separate Business from Everything Personal
It’s usually not a good thing to mingle business and personal affairs. This is unquestionably true for finances. But also in terms of your workspace and your scheduled time. From my experience, I would always recommend separating the different areas of your life. There should be time and space for business, housework, and recreation. Here a few tips to make this work:
- Create dedicated rooms, spaces, or zones for different areas of your life.
- Allocate sufficient time for work, household chores, home-schooling, or whatever you have to do. I know it’s not always possible to stick to your schedule, especially with small kids. But make it the exception and not the rule. Try to get your work done during the hours you’ve allocated for it. And don’t forget to plan some time for yourself to relax and replenish!
- Don’t try to multitask. Concentrate on one thing at a time.
- Dress for the purpose. For instance, dress up for work, even when you stay at home. I promise you’ll be far more productive! Not sure what to wear? Get some inspirations here: What (Not) to Wear at Home – How to Feel Comfy and Confident
Shared Spaces in Small Homes
So what if the only workspace you have is your kitchen table? This can undoubtedly be a challenge. Still, I recommend always storing away everything that’s not related to what you do at the moment. So when you work, remove everything that you don’t need for your job. And when serving meals or helping your kids doing their homework, store away your business stuff. If you don’t have enough space in cupboards or drawers, use different storage boxes for this purpose.
Being that organized may not always be possible. But give it a try. Keeping things as separate as possible will help you concentrate on what you do right when you do. As a result, you’ll be more focused and less stressed.
Depending on your situation, creating a calm and productive workspace can be a challenge. Or an excellent opportunity to set-up a space that meets your individual needs. One that supports you, so you get accomplished more while staying calm and relaxed.
More Tips and Inspirations
Creating a calm and productive workspace is definitely easier in a clutter-free home. Here’re a few posts that can support you with that often challenging task:
- The KonMari Method: All You Need to Know + Printable Checklist
- Home Decluttering a la Marie Kondo: Lessons Learned
Searching for more ideas on how to make your surroundings welcoming and cozy? Or do you want your home to reflect your personality? Here’re some inspirations:
- 5 Simple Ideas to Make *Any* Place a Home
- The 4 ‘Secrets’ to a Beautifully Curated Home
- Make Your Space Unique: 5 Home Decor Shopping Rules to Follow
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