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In the workspace, where there is clutter and mess, anxiety and distractions quickly follow. This allows procrastinators every tool necessary to avoid committing their time and energy to the most important thing at their desk, their work.
As if the digital sphere didn’t have enough distractions to keep you from focusing on work, we voluntarily add more fuel to the fire by stuffing an assortment of tangible items on our desks, shelves, and floors. Such as a Rubik’s cube, books, a fishbowl, and a stress ball or two.
The 3 cost-effective/free tips below will allow you to create an Instagram worthy desk space. Helping you to emulate the look of the one potted plant and pristine mac in front of a backwash of snow-white walls.
The way you interpret and use minimalism is entirely up to you. Below are a just a few examples of how minimalism could be used in your workspace and the effect it could have on your productivity.
In respect of designing the interior style of your workspace to represent minimalist values, the saying less is more is your most valuable friend. Refrain from using deep, bold colors on the walls such as reds and purples. Instead opt for lighter colors such as white, to symbolize simplicity and a fresh start, or light blue, which is commonly thought to promote productivity.
Rather than bombarding your walls, desks, and floors with an eclectic selection of memorabilia, only choose the select few items for your workspace that you adore the most and eliminate the rest.
When choosing a new desk, chair or storage solution, choose simple, sleek and practical designs. Add just a few sprites of striking interior to your workspace, such as an abstract light fitting or a geometric rug for a splash of interest which isn’t too overbearing.
For enclosed workspaces without windows or natural light, investing in a good light fitting and lighting maintenance is essential to brighten up a dark office and create the illusion of space in a confined area. Lighting is a crucial interior tool used in minimalist design, to adjust the ambiance and atmosphere from productive to homely.
A free and quick way to journey towards minimalism in the office space is to get the black sacks ready for a declutter overhaul. Which means, endless chipped mugs, broken office equipment and expired snacks, have one place to go, the trash.
Getting rid of the junk and clutter that lives in and swarms the roof of your desk, will help lift the burden of frustration when trying to find things quickly and help to reduce the extra stimuli causing you to distraction.
Storing pesky paper, letters, and stationery out of sight and into hidden storage will help to create a seamless uncluttered appearance. However, this doesn’t mean moving your office essentials out of the room entirely, you still need them, but in an accessible and organized fashion, to prevent endless rummaging through drawers for hole punchers and so on.
For those with a large desk, you could try fitting sliding drawers under your desk. Keeping the storage solutions out of sight to complement the minimalist look of the room.
The effects of concealing multicolored stationery which fights to offend your peripheral vision, amongst mini calendars and highlighters can add unnecessary extra stress on top of an already stressful workload. Organizing and storing your items out of plain sight will allow you the mental space to think clearly and work better.
The 3 tips above give you an inkling on how to adapt your small workspace the minimalist way, by completely decluttering, decorating, organizing and discreetly hiding your office items.
*This is a contributed post