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The key to a productive workday is to 1) fuel yourself with coffee and 2) work in a bright and clean environment. Whether you work from a small office at home or work in an office with other colleagues, it’s essential to create a space where you can be productive and make the most of every minute of your working day. Making an effort to create a workspace which is positive and free from distractions can be a huge factor in your success. Below are multiple ways you can optimize your office and turn your working space into a calm, positive and productive zone.

1. Pretty Decor

To optimize your office, you need to make your space look great so that you actually want to work there. For a home office, you may want to add some pretty decor. A minimal look comprising of neutral walls and necessary office furniture is a perfect place to start. With a home office, you have more control over how you want it to look. Inject some of your personality into your office with a bright feature wall. You could display all of your achievements and favorite quotes on this feature wall for motivation as you work. If you work in a big office with other people, you may want to stick to more whites and greys to create a bright and clean space.

2. Add Flowers and Plants

Another great way to add a bit of color to your office is with plants. The more greenery, the better! The addition of flowers and plants will make your office feel more homely and it’s also a great way of adding a pop of color. Plants also create a nice and calming atmosphere which is what you want when you’re busy with lots of deadlines. Don’t forget to water the plants regularly and put them in pretty pots to make the office look super stylish.

3. Create a Bright Environment

No-one wants to sit in a dull room while they work. Sitting in poor lighting will make you feel unmotivated and tired and you’ll also find it hard to concentrate. If you have great natural lighting, then make the most of that. If you don’t, it’s worth investing in decent lighting. Brighter bulbs, lamps on desks… anything goes. Even fairy lights would be a nice touch. A bright environment will make you feel more awake and productive.

4. Have a Social Area

Everyone needs a break. Having a social area in the office is a great idea. This is a place where people can take a break or simply refresh their minds for a couple of minutes. The social area should be a warm, relaxing and inviting area so when decorating, think of calming colors like blue. Provide comfortable sofas for people to sit on and space where people can grab a drink. Water dispensers, a coffee machine, and a mini snacks bar would all be great additions to the social area.

5. Clean space, clear mind

No-one can work in an environment that’s messy. One way of creating less clutter is by having a good clear out. Get rid of pens that don’t work, documents that aren’t needed and random bits that have somehow ended up in your cupboards. Store all important things together with clear labels so that you know where to look when you need to find them. Having a clean and tidy office will make you mind clearer so you can concentrate on getting all of your daily tasks done.

About the author: Lauren Buck is a Criminology and Psychology graduate, freelance writer, blogger and Etsy store owner. She writes about a variety of topics including student and career advice for Inspiring Interns, which specializes in placing graduates in the best London roles.

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