Whether you work from home like me or go into an office every day, having a workspace that feels great is beyond important. And just because you work from a kitchen table or cubicle doesn’t mean you can’t have a space that leads to a healthy, productive life. Here are a few tweaks that I’ve made to keep my workspace feeling as good possible:
Keep it simple
Clutter creates distractions—especially when it’s where you’re trying to work. Keep your desk as simple as possible, putting away everything but the essential so that you have plenty of room to focus. If you don’t have a drawer, think about buying a pen holder, make-shift drawers, and a place for paperwork.
I’m pretty obsessed with diffusing oils, and it’s how I like to start and end my days. For work specifically, I have a diffuser close to my desk and use citrus flavors in the a.m. If you work around others who don’t love this idea, use the oils on your skin (wrists or temples) for a quick boost when needed.
Literally, clean your desk once a week. Wipe down everything on it, including tech!, and de-sanitize as necessary.
If you’re working on health goals or want to feel well in general, find ways to add positive affirmations or inspo to your space. Maybe it’s a cute background design on your computer, a picture of you feeling your best, or post-its; do what works for you.
One of the essentials that belongs on your desk is a water bottle. Every time you get up, fill the bottle to make sure you’re hydrated 24/7. It’ll keep you feeling energized, especially if you add some lemon. If you don’t get up often, set a timer to stand and get water once an hour. Movement + water = a workspace key!
If you’re a vitamin taker, keep them at your desk (especially if you can’t take them on an empty stomach). I kept mine in my bedroom for years, only to get to my desk and wish I had them. It’s a sure way to stay on track with what you need, and post-breakfast is usually a smart time to take them.
Headphones are probably obvious, but what you listen to can really impact how you feel and your productivity levels. Try out different types—from white noise to jazz to rap—and see what works best with each task. A mid-day meditation session is always a great pick-me-up as well (I like Headspace if I’m using an app)!
Not only for writing down work-related stuff, but also to list out anything swirling in your mind. Instead of having to break your task, pull out your phone, and open your notes app, simply write it down. This will keep you focused on your tasks and your mind clear. Plus, it doubles as something to doodle on if you need a creative break.
I actually moved seats today at my office. It’s great, because now I have more space at my new desk! Noting down these tips now so I can set up my new desk tomorrow at work!
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
I absolutley agree with you !! your workspace should always be your place of comfort where you can work peacefully and in a good mindset !!
Yes to aromatherapy—it makes a huge difference. I keep stress-relieving and mental alertness roll-on remedies at my desk.
I love these tips, will be really helpful for me as I get a bit distracted when working.
Great post hun!
I’m wanting to create a workable home office. Thank you for the tips!
Great post darling
The Pink Pineapplle
Great post! I could not agree more with you. Having a clutter-free office and a bottle of water on the desk boosts productivity! x
I recently wrote about tiny ways to squeeze happiness into our lives – and one of them is having a work space you ENJOY: stocking up on snacks, having a cozy sweater on hand, and buying a cute plant to tend to each day. I shared a few others here if you’d like to see. 🙂
Love the tips! Definitely need to try all of them from now!
Love these tips! I work in an office and wipe down my desk everyday and make frequent trips to get water. That way I stay hydrated and I get to move around.
Great post but that aside, I need that red skirt, so cute! Love your style <3
Just last week I completely cleaned my desk and moved my display decorations to the bookshelf so that I have more room and I love it. I also made a pact to myself not to eat at my desk anymore while working so it remains cleaner for longer and that actually helps to remind me to take a work break every once in a while.
Emily | http://emilytrinh.com | http://emilytrinhcreative.com
I am in the process of redecorating/organizing my home office. I too use a diffuser, love them. One of my favorite morning blends is peppermint and orange.
Love the idea of diffusing oils, never thought of that one! I’m starting a new job tomorrow and will definitely give this a go 🙂 like the idea of adding inspiration too.
Helen | The Little Giraffe
Keeping your space clean is definitely important for me.
Good tips… thanks
Great post, thanks for all of the helpful tips. Going to add some of these tips to my everyday work life.