It is amazing how much atmosphere can influence work ethic and productivity. As I learn more about myself as a working professional, I have noticed what environments I thrive in versus those that I am distracted by. Everyone is different and I find it so intriguing to discover how we each get work done in a unique way. When we moved into our Twin Cities apartment, there was perfect space for a desk right next to our sliding glass door. Natural light is my best friend! Over the past few months this desk has transformed from a place to pile paperwork to a creative work environment where I feel inspired and rejuvenated.
Our budget for decorating our apartment, let alone a personal work and blog space, was fairly slim as most of our money went to buying a new-to-us furniture set. I pulled together pieces we already had and thought through what I am inspired by on a day to day basis. Because the natural light pours directly into this space, it is a great location for my indoor plants. Along with my favorite plants, I collected all my snail mail, favorite photos and quotes, and our memento shelf. With a little playing around and rearranging. I created a work environment I love and feel inspired by.
Environment impacts your attitude and creativity on a day to day basis. Take a look at my best tips for creating an inspiring work environment and share your ideas in the comments below!
Create an Environment for YOU
It is easy to be drawn to the plethora of beautiful office images on Pinterest. They are everywhere! Even though these are great to draw inspiration from, create an environment that works best for you. Maybe that doesn’t include bright white walls and perfectly manicured decorations like many Pinterest images portray. Consider your likes, dislikes, distractions and motivations. Create a work atmosphere that you feel comfortable and yourself in!
I know I do not get much blog work done when my phone is around. Plain and simple, it is a distraction and I spend way too much time on Instagram #guilty. Whenever I sit at my desk to get things done, I keep my phone in another room, light a candle and play music. By removing distractions and finding ways to focus, you are creating an atmosphere for optimal productivity and concentration.
Let it Evolve
What inspires me today is not the same as what inspired me two years ago. We are ever-changing people that grow, learn and seek new inspiration on a day to day basis. Don’t be afraid to let your work space evolve as you do. I often change out the quotes on my clipboards and photos above our memento shelf depending on the season and my mood.
How do you create an inspiring work environment? What atmosphere are you most productive and creative in?