It’s 10:45 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and you’re just not ‘feeling it’. We’ve all been there. Creating a personalized space of your own can certainly help the creative juices begin to flow. Perhaps you’ve got a few dull walls, a cluttered desk or simply the case of bad florescent lighting. Here are a few tips to improve your space, fit for a creative and happy wizard.
Light it up, light it up
Dim lighting can cause eye strain, headaches and lack of focus. The ideal alternative to dim or harsh lighting is natural light itself. However, if you’re not so lucky to have the corner office with a view, customize your monitor lighting to avoid eye strain. Consider bringing a charming lamp or string lights to create your desired lighting – oh, but be sure to check with your employer first.
Take a few minutes to take deep breaths and remind yourself of the great work you’ve been doing. As our own toughest critic, we often times get caught up on the to-do’s and forget to take a step back and reflect on our good work. Get up and stretch behind your desk chair, walk to your water cooler and grab a few lemon slices – in the words of Emeril – BAM! You’ve got spa water.
Post-it’s, folders and labels – oh my! Organizing your work space (electronic files included) allows you to save time in the long run. Working around clutter can impede in your productivity and at times, cause you to become frustrated with no one other than yourself. Create a routine of tossing out old catalogs and paperwork once a month. Monday mornings will feel much more productive when filing emails, desktop items and physical papers into their folders on Friday afternoons, too.
Color Your World
If you didn’t notice from the lemon water photo, Konnect is known for bold and colorful branding – pink walls and accent carpets included! If you’ve got dull walls and desks accessories, spruce up your space with a colorful wrist pillow or clear acrylic desk sets (my personal favorites). This allows the eye to gravitate towards vivacious colors of post-its, tabs, highlighters and pens. Colorful mesh filing systems are also a great addition to keeping what you store visible and ensure you keep those babies, what? You guessed it, organized!
Do you have a garden you’re extremely proud of? Bring in a few flowers to your office. If you don’t necessarily have a green thumb, orchids and succulents are vibrant additions to a desk space and require minimal care. A recent study says plants not only improves the quality of air within an office, but also helps to reduce stress and adds a POP of color to harsh metal cabinets and sterile work environments. These lively aesthetics are always a benefit for the creative process.
Ultimately, you may find your creative flow becomes much easier when you’ve sipped on your favorite coffee, danced to your favorite jams or chatted about the day’s trending topics – and that’s okay. These tips won’t only inspire your creative process, but also transform your energy to a positive one! The key here is to find what works best for you.
Love & Light,