Your workspace is an important part of your everyday life. It can be where you spend most of your day, where you receive clients, and make important calls and business decisions. In support of all these activities, it needs to be as inspiring and habitable as possible.
Whether you work from home or an office, here are a few ways to brighten your workspace.
Although studies have shown that messy desks could be a sign of genius and can encourage a creative mind, another study by The Journal of Neuroscience, found that “multiple visual stimuli” are in “neural competition” for your limited attention. When you see a cluttered desk, your cognitive capacity decreases, leaving less brain power to focus on productive tasks.
Know that clutter is not only confined to your desk or work area; it can also relate to your virtual activities. If your computer desktop is filled with files, it may be difficult to find the apps or documents you're looking for, and can even slow down your computer.
Getting rid of clutter and cleaning your work area from time to time can help contribute to a clear mind. It may be a pain to take a few minutes off your busy schedule to clean your area when you have a full plate of work to deal with, but you’ll find yourself able to focus more.
The key to a bright and vibrant workspace is the right lighting—preferably of the natural kind. Light regulates hormones such as melatonin and serotonin in the brain, which affects our mood.
If you're stuck with the drab fluorescent lighting your office comes with, it's suggested that the ceiling be given a fresh coat of white paint to make the office seem brighter. If that suggestion does not fly, get yourself a desk lamp with a dimmer, especially if you're not sitting by a window. Or, ask if you can change your cubicle position to be able to get as much natural light as possible.
Believe it or not, color has been found to affect people’s moods. Certain colors are associated with moods. To give a few examples: green is associated with creativity, red with aggression and strength, and blue with calmness. But, color does not universally affect people the same way, so there needs to be a variety and balance of colors in the workplace.
If you're lucky enough to be working from home, you can choose to repaint your office in the shade that will make you feel most productive. But, if you don't have that luxury, ask if you can hang artwork, prints, or photos on your cubicle, or add some colorful furniture and accessories.
People were designed to be outside, so sitting all-day indoors in an air-conditioned office can pose some health problems. Plants add a semblance of nature and the outdoors. They improve air quality, but just as important—studies have shown that being around plants help people relax and improve their concentration and mood.
If you don't have a green thumb, there’s no need to worry. There are a lot of plants that are low-maintenance and require little care, such as cacti which can even absorb radiation from the computer.
Final Thoughts: 4 Ways to Brighten Your Workspace
If you're lacking in energy or creativity, changes are necessary. Brightening up your workplace can take the form of a big project or a simple shopping trip for accent pieces.
What other ways do you suggest for brightening up a workspace?