Follow these 6 office design ideas to achieve your most inspired workflow.
(And pick up your FREE home-office design sheet here including 9 different desk layout ideas)
Most of us produce our best work when it flows through our fingers naturally. Whether that be whittling wood, laying bricks or writing a novel. When we get into the flow at work we become in tune with our process. Our natural talents are more easily channeled. Our concentration becomes more heightened. We become more acutely aware of what needs to be done and, most importantly…..it happens organically.
One of the obvious keys to an abundant workflow is motivation. And one of the best triggers for motivation is inspiration. Once those two ingredients get together, they cook up the most awesome productivity . The question is; how do we create an environment that can nurture our fledgling inspiration and turn it into great workflow? The answer is to create the perfect office design for the magic to happen. And we can only do this by listening to our own needs and intuition.
Finding our most productive workspace is a subjective process. What works for me may not work for you and vice versa. After all, we don’t all do the same jobs or aspire to initiate the same outcome. However, there are a few ESSENTIAL considerations to make when planning your new workspace. Let’s ensure that the basics are covered.
Office design idea number 1. Finding the right room
This might sound obvious but let’s say, for example, that you have a three bedroom house with a playroom downstairs, and a master and two kids bedrooms upstairs. Maybe you had an upstairs office in the last house which overlooked the garden, but in this house the third bedroom overlooks the neighbours two storey extension wall. Maybe you have been feeling less productive since you moved house and deep down you know that the offending wall view blocks your workflow? You might need to get creative with your interior layout so that you can relocate your office to the right room. This could make all the difference.
Office design idea number 2. Desk orientation
Moving my desk around made such a huge difference to my workflow that it inspired this entire post. When we were planning the layout of our latest home I thought I would site a long wide desk underneath the window and saved loads of funky Pinterest images that looks amazing. But, once we moved in and I set up my beautiful new desk, I realised that something didn’t feel right. My back was to the door and there was only one plug socket on the opposite side (I hate exposed cables). I played around with various orientations and the outcome came as a massive surprise three days later. I ended up with my desk in the middle of the small square space with my chair facing the door. I now feel as free as a bird and can see both through the open door and out of the window at the same time and don’t feel like I need to get up every 5 seconds to take air!
Pick up your FREE home-office design sheet here including 9 different desk layout ideas
Office design idea number 3. Home comforts
Whether you work from home or in a commercial office, decorating your working space with artwork, ornaments, photos and other favourites can help notch up the inspiration a gauge or two.
Office design idea number 4. Plants
Whether you have green fingers or not, the desire to connect with nature is present in most of us (called biophilia). There are also scientifically proven benefits to keeping plants; they reduce stress and sickness, increase productivity, clean the air, reduce noise levels and make the place prettier! (scientifically)
Office design idea number 5. Natural daylight
Light is the most important synchronising agent for the brain and body and has a soothing affect on our circadian rhythms. Natural light has been proven to increase productivity in the workplace, boost well being and enhance our moods. All of which have a positive impact on our daily inspiration levels. Converted loft spaces with limited natural light (and head room) or dimly lit basement rooms would be better suited to a bedroom than a productive workspace, given the choice.
Office design idea number 6. An outside view
This is a biggie for me. Even if all I can see is a bit of sky and some greenery, a window view is essential to my wellbeing at work. If I can’t see out of a window I feel trapped, uninspired and irritable. An outside view keeps boredom at bay and gives our brains a much needed creative boost throughout the day.
By understanding our emotional, mental and practical needs, we can create beautiful, but also productive and inspiring, places to work.
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