When was the last time your study station or workspace inspired you? For most people, the answer is, "Not recently."
Whether you’re setting up a spot for young scholars to study or prepping an area for your work-from-home days, you can kick inspiration into high gear with home office solutions that will get your creative juices flowing again.
It's no secret that sunshine does the body good. Fix up a space near the window so you can soak up plenty of vitamin D while writing that term paper or pumping out price lists.
Greenery looks great near a bright area, so a potted plant or two might help naturally bring your space to life.
Arts and crafts
The age of DIY is upon us. Embrace the casual-cool vibes and create your very own home desk area.
Need a semipermanent to-do list? Try using chalkboard paint to make yourself a giant notepad on a nearby cabinet or a framed chalkboard. Tired of the overdone corkboard for your sticky notes? Framed chicken wire with clothespins makes a more shabby-chic memo board.
The possibilities really are endless for this type of style. Just don't let your DIYing get in the way of the tasks you originally sat down to do!
Collaboration is key
For those less focus-intensive projects, investigate a collaborative workstation with several small spaces or a giant community table. This type of work environment has been popular among small companies and creative agencies for the purpose of bouncing around ideas.
If you still want your own personal space, put a divider between you and the other desks for some extra privacy, and take it down when it's time to meet and discuss. You know what they say: Teamwork makes the dream work.
A clear mind
While many of us would like to think we have complete control of our habit of logging onto Facebook or checking what else our calendar has in store for us, most of us really don't. And the greatest enabler of this sidetracked behavior is a cluttered workspace.
Set the stage for a clean slate with a bright white desk and matching chair, a simple light fixture and an inspiring element. Keeping your workstation simple and clutter-free ensures you have a productive day - even if your homework is less than exhilarating.
Whether you're up all night cramming for exams or prepping for a work presentation due first thing in the morning, you'll feel more focused and productive by incorporating any of these tips into your workstation.
Now you should probably go get started on that long-overdue term paper, don't you think?
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Originally published September 7, 2016.