We all need nicely arranged spaces to relax properly – when we buy a new sofa, decorate a bedroom or choose holiday accommodation we try to pick places where we can easily imagine ourselves relaxing in. However, we often forget that the same goes for our work space. Just as we could not relax in a cold, dark and cluttered room, we cannot focus and feel motivated in a messy office.
The research by University of Ibadan showed that workplace features have significant effect on worker’s welfare, health, morale, efficiency and productivity. This means that making sure that your working environment increases your creativity and performance should be one of the first things you think about before even starting your day at work.
As a busy entrepreneur you probably do not have much time to think about your office decor or even keeping your desk perfectly clean. Fortunately, it is not always about making sure everything is spotless and completely organized. There are a few, not necessarily time-consuming things that you can do to make your work space as stimulating as possible.
This old Chinese art can help you get more productive. Some people think that Feng Shui is just another decorating trend and they could not be more wrong. This 2000 years old philosophical system has helped people for centuries. It is based on the idea that everyone and everything should cooperate in perfect harmony. You do not have to buy new furniture or get rid of everything in your office all together and sit on the floor. It is about keeping a healthy balance. Most of the time it is just about moving things around. For example place your desk in a position where you can see out the window but also see who is coming into your office. It is about the balance – you can relax by looking out and be prepared when someone walks in. Little things like that can change the energy in your workplace and help in staying motivated. According to Attorney George Sink, Founder and CEO of George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, making sure your office space supports you and your employees is an investment in your team. “Preparing the right environment for each team is conducive to focus, creativity and great ideas.”
Clean but messy
We often forget the slight differences between messy, cluttered and dirty – they are not the same thing. It is not nice nor healthy to spend long hours in dirty places. Dust, germs and stuffy air are never good for you. Same with cluttered spaces – your office is cluttered when you cannot find anything, you feel that there are way too many unnecessary objects around you and that you are suffocating. Messy, on the other hand, can be good to some extent – as long as it is not some desk chaos that makes you feel uncomfortable. The type of mess where you can find your way around is absolutely fine. As Albert Einstein once said “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” So keep in mind that your place can be messy but should always be clean. It can be a bit disorganized but cannot be cluttered. If you do not like cleaning and struggle to find motivation, remember that there are people who have way more to clean than just a small office – they have entire skyscrapers to clean and they still make it fun.