If you are a regular reader of the IBA Blog you will know that we are extremely passionate on the benefits of having a dedicated work space if you are an at-home blogger. Having your own work space is essential for anyone that works from home and making sure you dedicate enough time to its design as you would any other room is just as important. Freelance writer Henrik Jackman also feels passionate about home office design and shares his top five tips on how to create a motivational home office with the IBA Blog…
As a blogger or freelance writer working from home, the interior design of your office or workplace is entirely up to you. For some of us, this results in a clutter-filled desk full of Post-its, pens that don’t work anymore, dirty coffee cups, and a few crumbs from that day’s lunch. However, even at-home bloggers can benefit from creating a calm, relaxing office environment that inspires them to work more efficiently and productively.
Tip #1: Make Your Office Space A Work-Only Zone
For some of us, an at-home office can quickly become a place to put non-work related items if we’re not careful. Your designated workspace should be for business and writing projects only. Laundry baskets, storage containers and your kid’s school assignments don’t belong in your office. Before you start designing your workspace, clear out anything that doesn’t have a home in your office and doesn’t help you achieve your professional goals.
Tip #2: Display Visually Appealing Items That Encourage Creativity
Several studies have attempted to determine which colours and visual motifs help people feel more creative and focused when looking at them. A 2009 University of British Columbia study found that blue is the best colour for creative working environments, as it promotes communication and opens the mind to new ideas. A 2012 University of Munich study also revealed that the colour green can enhance creative performance. Regardless of which colours or types of art you choose to have in your workplace, make sure that by being surrounded by these items, you feel happy, alert and visually stimulated.
Tip #3: Heighten Your Senses
Smell can be a powerful tool for productivity and creativity. Making use of essential oils in your workplace can make you feel focused and rejuvenated while working. According to the American College of Healthcare Sciences, rosemary can promote concentration and help get those creative juices flowing; bergamot provides an uplifting aroma; and geranium can boost one’s mood. To use essential oils in your home office, you can purchase a diffuser or even dab a few drops on a cotton ball and place it on your desk or near your computer.
Tip #4: Go Ergonomic With Your Office Equipment
For people who spend a lot of time at their desk, having an ergonomically designed workspace is essential to one’s good health. From back pain to carpal tunnel, sitting the wrong way or not using wrist pads when typing can have serious health consequences in the long run. Many at-home professionals have found that switching to a standing desk has many benefits, such as increasing productivity and improving one’s posture (check out these affordable standing desks from Deskmate). Even if you don’t want to make the move to a standing desk, you can always invest in a more ergonomic office chair and set up multiple monitors that connect to your computer, which can reduce eye strain and create a better workflow.
Tip #5: Find Ways To Show Off Your Achievements and Accomplishments
When you run your own business, it might feel silly to reward yourself for a job well done. However, acknowledging your wins helps keep your eye on the prize and can push you to the next level in your career. Displaying trophies, professional certificates and other items that remind you of your past accomplishments can help you feel motivated on days where you might feel lackluster about your progress. Most companies have annual awards ceremonies, so why not throw yourself a mini-awards banquet as a way to celebrate your successes? Remember, everyone benefits from encouragement and positive reinforcement, even if it comes from within.
About the Author
Henrik Jackman is a freelance writer based in Nevada City, California. He blogs about everything from psychology to technology. When he’s not up against a deadline, he enjoys hiking around Hirschman’s Pond with his husky, Balto.