10 Small Ways to Brighten Up Your Workspace

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Where do you think you would work better: in a plain white cubicle, or a place surrounded by things that you love? With just a few small changes, you can brighten up your workspace to improve your mood, creativity and productivity. Here are 10 to try.

1. Organize your desk.

Having a clean desk at the start and end of each day will help you maintain a sense of accomplishment. So make sure your papers are filed neatly in your drawers and your pens are stashed into an organizer. Scattered cords also give off an impression of messiness, so hook them under your desk or hold them in place with binder clips. You can also use bread tags to label each one.

2. Add color.

You probably can’t paint your cubicle walls, but that doesn’t mean your office has to look oh-so-blah. Talk to your boss about using contact paper or washi tape on walls, accessories or furniture – both are temporary and easily removable. Or add some bright desk accessories – we love the ones from Poppin. Another option is to add a colored bulletin board or bright wall calendar to your space.

3. Surround yourself with inspiration.

When you’re having trouble at the office, it helps to have inspiration built into your workspace. Surround yourself with photos of loved ones, inspiring quotes or a painting that relaxes you. You could also hang evidence of your accomplishments, like a trophy or your diploma.

4. Don’t forget the floor.

When we think about decorating our workspaces, we often focus on our walls and desks and forget about the floor. Don’t! Why not add a plush area rug you can sink your feet into when you need to destress? If you like to roll your chair a lot, a chair mat might also be an option.

5. Consider sounds.

Some people are super-productive amidst the noise of an open office environment. Others, not so much. If you need a break from constant chatter, consider adding sound to block it out! Try a small fountain or a fan, making sure to point it away from your papers. Bosses or neighbors hate the idea? Plug your headphones and listen to the sounds of nature via an app or online, like at RainyMood.com.

6. Change the lighting.

It’s tough for us to be productive and lead healthy lives when we’re surrounded by bright fluorescent lighting. Ideally, you’ll sit by a window. If you don’t, bring in a desk lamp with a dimmer – you might want more than one for your optimal lighting situation. You can also ask your boss if you can change the angle of your cubicle to allow for more natural light.

7. Incorporate nature.

Our bodies are designed to be outside most of the day, so it’s no wonder sitting in an office all day comes with a whole host of health problems. You might not be able to go outside, but you can bring the outside info you. Add some plants to your desk to boost the air quality and your mood. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, some succulents can do wonders for your productivity. Don’t want plants around? Try incorporating nature in other ways – like with bamboo desk accessories or a stone paperweight.

8. Buy cool stationery.

Finding cool stationery is a great way to add a little fun to your workspace, and there are several amazing items out there. We’re big fans of these pineapple paper clips! Just be careful – you should have a balance of quirky and regular stationery to maintain and a professional appearance. And know what works where; you probably don’t want pineapple paper clips on a presentation you hand out to a client.

9. Get comfortable.

It’s important to make your workspace as comfortable so you can remain productive as possible. Some people like to shell out for an ergonomic chair. If you don’t, make your desk chair more comfortable by adding a small pillow for back support. If your office likes to crank up the AC, keep a large scarf, sweater or throw on the back of your chair.

10. Rearrange.

It’s tough to be creative when you’re staring at the same view day in and day out. So make a point to rearrange your desk every six months or so! You wouldn’t decorate a room in your house and never add anything to it. So why do so at the office? Have fun updating your workspace occasionally to reflect your changing tastes.

Liked this? Check out How to Have a More Productive Home Office!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Where do you think you would work better: in a plain white cubicle, or a place surrounded by things that you love? With just a few small changes, you can brighten up your workspace to improve your mood, creativity and productivity. Here are 10 to try.

1. Organize your desk.

Having a clean desk at the start and end of each day will help you maintain a sense of accomplishment. So make sure your papers are filed neatly in your drawers and your pens are stashed into an organizer. Scattered cords also give off an impression of messiness, so hook them under your desk or hold them in place with binder clips. You can also use bread tags to label each one.

2. Add color.

You probably can’t paint your cubicle walls, but that doesn’t mean your office has to look oh-so-blah. Talk to your boss about using contact paper or washi tape on walls, accessories or furniture – both are temporary and easily removable. Or add some bright desk accessories – we love the ones from Poppin. Another option is to add a colored bulletin board or bright wall calendar to your space.

3. Surround yourself with inspiration.

When you’re having trouble at the office, it helps to have inspiration built into your workspace. Surround yourself with photos of loved ones, inspiring quotes or a painting that relaxes you. You could also hang evidence of your accomplishments, like a trophy or your diploma.

4. Don’t forget the floor.

When we think about decorating our workspaces, we often focus on our walls and desks and forget about the floor. Don’t! Why not add a plush area rug you can sink your feet into when you need to destress? If you like to roll your chair a lot, a chair mat might also be an option.

5. Consider sounds.

Some people are super-productive amidst the noise of an open office environment. Others, not so much. If you need a break from constant chatter, consider adding sound to block it out! Try a small fountain or a fan, making sure to point it away from your papers. Bosses or neighbors hate the idea? Plug your headphones and listen to the sounds of nature via an app or online, like at RainyMood.com.

6. Change the lighting.

It’s tough for us to be productive and lead healthy lives when we’re surrounded by bright fluorescent lighting. Ideally, you’ll sit by a window. If you don’t, bring in a desk lamp with a dimmer – you might want more than one for your optimal lighting situation. You can also ask your boss if you can change the angle of your cubicle to allow for more natural light.

7. Incorporate nature.

Our bodies are designed to be outside most of the day, so it’s no wonder sitting in an office all day comes with a whole host of health problems. You might not be able to go outside, but you can bring the outside info you. Add some plants to your desk to boost the air quality and your mood. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, some succulents can do wonders for your productivity. Don’t want plants around? Try incorporating nature in other ways – like with bamboo desk accessories or a stone paperweight.

8. Buy cool stationery.

Finding cool stationery is a great way to add a little fun to your workspace, and there are several amazing items out there. We’re big fans of these pineapple paper clips! Just be careful – you should have a balance of quirky and regular stationery to maintain and a professional appearance. And know what works where; you probably don’t want pineapple paper clips on a presentation you hand out to a client.

9. Get comfortable.

It’s important to make your workspace as comfortable so you can remain productive as possible. Some people like to shell out for an ergonomic chair. If you don’t, make your desk chair more comfortable by adding a small pillow for back support. If your office likes to crank up the AC, keep a large scarf, sweater or throw on the back of your chair.

10. Rearrange.

It’s tough to be creative when you’re staring at the same view day in and day out. So make a point to rearrange your desk every six months or so! You wouldn’t decorate a room in your house and never add anything to it. So why do so at the office? Have fun updating your workspace occasionally to reflect your changing tastes.

Liked this? Check out How to Have a More Productive Home Office!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

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