How many hours a week do you spend at work? Whether you’re a telecommuter or a cubicle worker, your office space matters — especially since you’re living in it about 40 hours a week (more or less).
Redesigning your workspace into an inspiring place might give you the impetus to look at the new year in a new way. New Year, New You...right? You can gain perspective simply by giving your workstation a makeover. What you might uncover under all that clutter and dust is some real New Year’s inspiration.
Here's How to Make Your Space More Inspiring
1. Change the Mood Lighting
How you see is just as important as what you see. Try full-spectrum lighting instead of basking in the glow of overhead fluorescents. If your workspace doesn’t allow ample light and you work in a city that experiences the full effects of winter’s gloom, consider lightening the mood. Discover the lighting that works best for you, whether it’s twinkly holiday bulbs all year-long or a $20 desk lamp.
2. Dump the Bare Walls or De-Clutter
The point is that you pick an office space that motivates. This may mean adding cool art to your walls. Or, motivation may mean getting organized by adding the efficiency of a bulletin board or whiteboard. Would you find it more motivating to stare at a list of deadlines and tasks, or would you prefer a nice Monet print?
Or, you may do your best work when there is a complete absence of clutter — and art on the walls may be more distracting than inspiring. Changing your attitude may be as simple as changing what you look at every day. How will you change your world today?
3. Add a Screen
Would your efficiency improve with the addition of another computer monitor? Would two — or three or four —monitors improve your ability to multi-task? Aside from looking cool like the deck of the “Starship Enterprise,” multiple computer screens could improve your functionality on the job depending on what you’re doing. Or maybe adopting the look of a serious computer geek simply make you a happier person? No matter the reason, you have our permission to ask for that new monitor.
4. Embrace the Pretty
We use the word “pretty” loosely. Remember, this workspace makeover is uniquely personal. “Pretty” could mean adding a planter, a funny bobble-head, or a motivational plaque.
If you replace the word “pretty” with “comfortable” or “welcoming,” you might start to understand what we’re going for. It could mean pink highlights — or it could require displaying a stuffed deer head on your wall. (OK, that won’t work in a cubicle.) Could a not-so-subtle DE motivational poster be exactly what you need to start your day in a good mood? Your call.
5. Rearrange Your Desk
Share an office with a coworker? Is there a way to rearrange your room that feels more zen? Then make like Step Brothers and get some more room for activities! It can be as simple as moving that filing cabinet or white board, swapping desks, or a complete overhaul and relocation.
Inspire a Better Office Life
An office makeover may be exactly what you need to kick off a new era of inspiration this new year. Artisan’s favorite theme for is “inspiring better lives,” a motto that could certainly begin with a revamp of your existing office space.