As someone who works from home most of the time, I understand the importance of learning how to be productive at home. There are tons of distractions: the dishes, all the TV shows I don’t have time to watch, the nice weather outside. But since my livelihood depends on my ability to be productive at home, I’ve started to research productivity, creativity and energy.
And along this research, I found that your physical environment does have a strong influence on your productivity, creativity and energy levels. Here are some of the best home decor tips I discovered for increasing productivity at home.
Keep it clean and clutter-free
We’ve discussed clutter at length in this blog, but it’s always an important point to make. Clutter of the mind is reflected in a clutter of the environment, and a cluttered mind means a distracted mind. Once a month, go over all those papers laying around on your desk and other surfaces, clean up your files and get rid of unwanted or unnecessary things. Think of using a digital filing system for your documents rather than using paper.
Accessorize with traditional Feng Shui symbols for wealth
Putting wealth symbols in your home office space can help keep your mind on making money and building a better business. Instead of flowers or colored rocks in a vase, think coin-like shapes (fake coins or even real coins, especially pennies). This will have a subtle effect on your unconscious and keep your mind, literally, “on the money”.
Feng Shui principles also say that keeping your safe in your office will maximize your wealth and business. As a space to put your valuables, a safe will drive your desire for prosperity.
Use colors that encourage creativity
Of course, color also has an important part to play in making a home office space productive and creative. While too much color can become distracting, a few splashes of one or two of these colors can help put your mind to work:
- Orange: it boosts creativity and drives concrete actions. It’s a perfect color for creatives like writers and designers.
- Green: it promotes calm and growth. Green is perfect for more intellectual pursuits and is also a good color for writers, as well as academics.
- Red: it gives energy and can stimulate conversations. Red is good for programmers and creatives, and is a good match with both green and orange.
Of course, you can use other colors according to your tastes, but these three are your best choices for promoting a more productive and creative space.
Optimize your layout
A room works best when the furniture is placed with a purpose. The plan of a home office should be especially well thought-out, since you will spend the majority of your days there (or at least, I do). Some Feng Shui principles are also helpful here, and the most interesting I found was that you should always face the door as you work. Doors represent opportunities and openings, and facing the door means that you are welcoming new business opportunities. I actually did that (or managed to face the door as well as I could), and I started getting more business. I also keep the door open at all times while I work.
If you can’t face the door directly, you can angle your desk towards it. As long as the open door is in your line of sight as you work, it will fulfill its purpose.
You should also make sure that you get as much natural light as possible. I only have one window, but I always open the blinds during the day. Natural light promotes happiness and decreases headaches due to bad lighting and computer screens.
There’s also a lot of research about the influence of smells on our attitude and activity levels. Aromatherapy is underestimated in the business world, but if you give it a try, you’ll see subtle but long-lasting changes in your productivity and attitudes towards work.
- Use lavender if you have a tendency to feel anxious or develop headaches and migraines.
- Use jasmine if you need a confidence boost before an important meeting or a looming deadline.
- Rosemary improves memory and mental stamina.
- Cinnamon helps you focus and concentrate.
- Peppermint serves as a mind boost and increases accuracy and clear thinking.
How do you use space and home decor to keep yourself productive in your home office? Share your tips with us in the comments!