Office Design Tips to Personalise Your Workspace
If you spend a lot of time in a space that isn’t inspiring or uplifting, then it’s going to take its toll on you. A cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind, so organise that chaos to fit your needs.
Luckily, it’s easy to organise and decorate your office space to provide you with all the tools to work at your best. To achieve this – don’t go overboard on decorations and personal items. Keeping your workspace dedicated to work and professional is essential, but it’s the small touches that enhance your surroundings. We’re going to break this process down into categories: technology, personalisation and health.
Whether you’re working from home or in an office, improved lighting can reduce eye strain and headaches. Aim for natural light where you can, and make sure to switch out any fluorescents for LEDs to avoid eye strain.
Ambient lighting is another great option versus overhead lighting. If you work from home, try some lamps and softer lighting to illuminate your space instead of harsh overhead lighting.
Installing a laptop docking station to add additional screens to your computer can provide increased productivity. Tasks become more manageable when you can have multiple windows open at once, without having to click through them all.
Having a screen for entries, another for research and another for communication can help you to move between tasks and jobs you need to be doing without flicking through apps. Aim to have two or three screens, as any more can become overwhelming and will have the opposite effect.
Noise-cancelling headphones – your one-way ticket to focusing on tasks while still being immersed in your work. Open-plan offices can be noisy and make it difficult to concentrate, and since they are on the rise, it’s time to combat this problem.
Investing in a good quality pair of noise-cancelling headphones can help you focus on a task, without having to hear people’s idle conversations. Head in-store where you can try on pairs before buying, as you need to make sure they fit properly for maximum effectiveness.
Look at adding an image of your pet, family or favourite location to your desk for a touch of home in the office. A personalised office is something that can create a smile during a stressful time. Always remember, less is more when it comes to decor, so be picky!
Whether or not you work in an office, spending a large portion of your day at a desk can make you feel far away from those you love. So having personal items nearby can keep you motivated. Displaying images in bright patterns can add a splash of colour to your workstation.
Adding accessories to your workspace can improve the functionality, as well as add a touch of personalisation. Mugs that hold sentimental value, wireless charging stations, or a seat cushion – all of these add personalisation and functionality to your space.
Finding the balance between functionality, your aesthetic and personalisation is the key to creating a motivating space to work in. Remember to keep it to a minimum so you don’t clutter your space.
Love art, music or design? Highlight this by hanging art in or around your office. It’s proven that adding a piece of art to your space can improve motivation, relieve stress and boost creativity. Consider changing out your art monthly or seasonally to create a change to your space without having to begin the design from scratch again.
Touch of Green
Studies have shown that adding a touch of nature to your workspace helps to reduce stress and improve attention. Choose a plant that only takes up minimal space so you don’t clutter your area. If you’re struggling to choose a plant, have a read of our office plant guide here.
By adding some nature to your space, you are not only improving the aesthetic but there are also health benefits to having plants around. For example, a Peace-Lily removes toxins from the air and are easy to care for. They survive in low lights and can be used as a divider within offices.
If you’re looking to freshen the air of your office, you can look into getting an air purifier or a Himalayan salt lamp. These can give off a nice glow and make your space feel more comfortable.
If the office lighting is not something you have control over, there are still things you can control! Blue light from devices is connected to eye strain – so filtering out those from screens can help prevent eye strain and headaches. (TIP: try investing in some good quality blue light lenses). Or even turning on night mode on your computer to lessen the strain of bright colours.
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