Now that you have done the big clean out and got yourself a little more organised, here are our final three suggestions for spicing up your workspace.
3. Think ergonomic
While this is probably one of the duller steps, it reaps enormous long-term benefits if done correctly.
Setting up your workspace to be ergonomic not only means that you won’t suffer from aches or pains, but that your workspace will actually be easier to use and more efficient for you.
In terms of ergonomics, your essentials are a comfortable chair that promotes good posture and includes lumbar support, a monitor that is positioned at eye-level and a keyboard and mouse that are positioned as close to each other as possible.
Lifehacker has a great guide on DIYing an ergonomic workspace if your company isn’t able to purchase new furniture.
4. Decorate your workspace
Next up is the fun part - decorating. An easy way to immediately punch up the energy of your workspace is to add in a splash of colour.
If you’re in an environment where you need to generate new ideas, why not add an element of yellow? Yellow has been associated with feelings of enlightenment, happiness and expressiveness.
If your workplace requires you to concentrate for long periods of times, add a dash of blue. Blue is calming, peaceful and helps you to focus.
Alternatively, if you’re in a sales or people-focused role, why not add some red to your workspace? Red is stimulating, exciting, energetic, warm and passionate. It will help you to feel enthusiastic about your role and maintain your happy mood.
For more colour ideas, check out this website.
Some quick tips to add colour and decorate your workspace are to:
- Replace your pen holder with something more creative and colourful
- Add a throw over the back of your chair. It’s not just pretty, but it’s great to
snuggle up in when the office air conditioning becomes too much!
- Have fun with your stationery. Coloured scissors, pens and staplers add a
fun ‘pop’ to your workspace
- Bring in a bunch of flowers and place them on the corner of your desk
- If you have a green thumb, you can even bring in an indoor plant
- If your workplace is pro-music, play calming, soothing music at a low-level
5. Be inspired
Last but not least, your workspace should inspire you. You should arrive at work, look at your desk, and feel that you are contributing something great to the world.
To promote this impression, why not print and frame your favourite quote? You can rest it against your cubicle wall to inspire you during the day. You can also have a print of an image that appeals to you or a poster that makes you feel good.
Another idea is to write inspiring quotes on post-it notes and put them up on your wall. Pictures of family and friends are also inspiring and motivating, but be wary of overloading your desk with too many.
And remember, spicing up your workspace doesn’t have to mean it looks like an arts and crafts festival. Balance design with practicality and you’ll find that you have developed a space that inspires you and those around you.