Whether you work from home or in an office, your workspace can affect your mood, productivity and concentration. Here’s how to customize your work area to fit your own needs and ideas.
Choose your lighting carefully. Put your desk near a window for natural light. If that isn’t possible, get a strong desk lamp or good overhead lighting. Avoid fluorescent lights, as they can be aggravating. Try to get light from multiple angles rather than one shining down on you like an interrogation.
Use artwork and color to stimulate creativity. Again, it can help if you can look out a window, but if not you should liven up your space with natural landscapes, happy faces or an inspiring print. Bold colors also can stimulate your mind, so incorporate vibrant reds, yellows and blues in your furnishings, wall decor and accessories.
Keep important supplies on hand. Stay stocked up on your daily essentials. Your whiteboard, calendar and any other items that help keep you organized should have a convenient, accessible home.
Find a quiet place. It’s not ideal to work from the kitchen table while the chaos of the house goes on around you. If you’re having a hard time escaping the noise at work, head for an empty meeting room or quiet park when it’s time to concentrate.
Organize your materials for smart storage. Group items together in bins, jars, boxes and drawers.
— Adapted from “5 Tips to Creating a Productive Work Space,” Elizabeth Harmon, Business Zone.