5 easily applicable ideas to boost your productivity while working from home.
Working from home provides new opportunities for being creative. In fact, there is evidence that supports this claim: a study on the effects of remote work on productivity has shown that a less structured and less formal environment makes us more likely to perform better on tasks that require our creativity1.
The theory is, therefore, encouraging. However, you might be wondering how this manifests in practice when thinking of the way that a typical working from home day usually unfolds. We believe that our environment plays a part: our homes can also be designed in a way that will make it easier for us to feel creative.
Our environment plays a part: our homes can also be designed in a way that will make it easier for us to feel creative.
If you find yourself wondering whether your home would benefit from a makeover in that respect, we have a few easily applicable ideas to make it easier for you to rearrange it.
1. Surround yourself with things that inspire you
These can be books that inspire you, art, or quotes that make you think differently. Framed pictures could make the room feel more inspiring. Remember to change them every so often to preserve their effect on your creativity. On another note, plants have many benefits for a workspace, from making you feel inspired and boosting creativity, to reducing stress and cleaning the air2. You can learn more about how to choose plants for your working from home office here.
2. Embrace bright colors
These are guaranteed to keep our imagination active and stimulated. You could opt for different shades of yellow, orange, and green, as these are the colors known to promote creativity the most. Additionally, white has an equally positive effect, and it’s also a great choice if you want to create the feeling of a bright and open space3. Remember to also create contrast.
Plants have many benefits for a workspace, from making you feel inspired and boosting creativity, to reducing stress and cleaning the air.
3. Keep it simple
There always needs to be a balance between having elements that catch your attention and a really minimal design. For instance, where you have chosen more colorful decorations, you can leave these in the spotlight, and opt for rather simple furniture in neutral colors, such as white or beige, in order to counter the visual effect that they create. Simplicity can also make you feel like you’re starting work with a fresh mind, and making sure that you have plenty of storage will help keep your office clean and decluttered.
4. Find the right soundtrack
Music can really complement the effect that design has on a room, and choosing a suitable playlist can create an environment where creativity may flourish. When curating your playlist, try to pick songs that put you in a good mood, but that you also know would not captivate your entire attention and distract you. For this reason, music without lyrics is often a great choice to have as a background. You could go for instrumental and jazzy tunes, or classical music. You could also pick the ambient sounds that make you feel inspired, such as beach or rain sounds, or even coffee shop noise.
5. Take a break
When working from home, it’s important to remember that you might have days when you might not feel as inspired. In this case, taking a break can help your creative process. However, to ensure that your break will have the desired effects, make sure that it is a productive one. This means that you would first start thinking about the problem or task at hand, and if you notice that you are dealing with a creative block, then you can take a break by doing something that will refresh your mind. The key is to engage your hands and/or body and letting your mind free to wonder. This could be either going for a walk or a run, working out, meditating, or doing anything that will allow your subconscious brain to wonder and make new connections so that you can find inspiration more easily once facing the task again.
Creativity arises naturally. The best thing that we can do is to create an environment that encourages and sustains a creative mindset. When this does not work out the way that you wanted it to, it is not forcing it, but rather accepting the situation that will help you move on from a creative block the soonest. It might surprise you, but creativity sometimes comes when you least expect it.
If you would like to learn more about our ideas on adapting design to sustain creativity at home, or if you would like a professional opinion when it comes to redesigning your own home, then get in touch with us, we would be happy to help with any questions you may have.