During the summer months, it isn’t easy keeping your mind focused on the tasks at hand, especially when you work from home. The brilliant blue sky beckons from outside your home office window, leaving you longing for the crystal-clear waters of the pool at Carillon’s swim pavilion.
But alas, that’s not to be—there’s work to be done. But reinvigorating your home office can help ease the workweek doldrums. Here are a few ways how:
Bring the Outdoors Inside
If you’re longing for the great outdoors on a sunny summer workday, a nearby potted plant or a vase of colorful blooms will not only brighten up your working environment, but also your mood. Don’t have a green thumb? Then consider a low maintenance plant like bamboo shoots or a cactus. Even a realistic silk plant can instantly enliven a ho-hum workspace.
Add a Little Color
There’s no need to repaint the walls to bring a little summer into your home office—simply add a touch of bright color here and there for a summery look. Arrange a vivid bowl full of oranges or other fruit on a shelf, place some family vacation photos in an eye-popping frame or hang one of your favorite colorful art prints on the wall.
Indulge the Senses
A pleasant workspace that caters to your longing for summer sunshine should nurture your five senses:
- Sight — Even though you can’t be outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t let it into your home office. Keep the drapes and blinds open to permit natural light into the room and allow you to see outside.
- Hearing — Scientific studies show that people who listen to music complete their tasks more quickly and come up with better ideas than those who don’t. Play some relaxing or energizing lyric-free music as you work to boost productivity and your mood.
- Taste — Instead of your usual morning cup of Joe, try a refreshing, summery glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, a tasty mango-peach smoothie or iced green tea with a sprig of mint.
- Touch — Take an occasional five-minute break to play a quick game of Words With Friends, Angry Birds or LYNE. Research has found that people are more creative after playing video games. Squeezing a stress ball with your left hand is also a good release that encourages brain activity.
- Smell — Aromatherapy can transform your mood and productivity. Fragrance wax warmers are a great way to infuse your home office with scent, and they’re less dangerous than scented candles. To naturally scent your work area, keep a dish of coffee beans or bowl of sliced lemons and oranges in water close by.
One source of light isn’t enough to keep your summer sunshine cravings away. Instead, layer the light sources in your home office. Let in as much natural daylight as possible to enhance your creativity and productivity. Desk lamps are good to illuminate focus-intensive tasks, while a floor lamp or nearby table lamp can help brighten a room on an overcast day. Be sure to place your computer perpendicular to your office window to prevent glare and stress to your eyes.
Clear the Clutter
As the saying goes, “an uncluttered desk leads to an uncluttered mind.” Simplify and streamline your home office space to help alleviate stress and clear your head.
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