All images sourced via Pinterest
Everyone wants to work in a beautiful space, right? Your working environment plays a huge part in your productivity; it can either motivate and inspire you or hinder your personal progress, making you feel suffocated and ‘stuck in a rut’. Due to the monotony of many jobs these days, it’s things like our working environment that we can control and alter in order to make the work we do seem less tedious and uninteresting. If you work in an office or any industrial building, this can be more difficult. But start with your desk – could you frame a couple of your favourite photos, buy inspirational postcards or even treat yourself to some new stationary? It’s the little things.
For those of you that work from home, creating a positive and inspirational office space is even more important. My internship requires me to work from home one day a week and when I’m not ‘working’ as such, I’m working on me; my blog, my brand, my business. My empire. Just kidding – one day maybe! But it’s tough. It’s challenging because home is a place of rest, it’s where you return at the end of a long day to unwind. So how do you create an isolated space that’s specifically for work? A space that inspires you to do your job – and to do it well.
I have a desk in my room. Unfortunately the ceiling above it is slanted so it’s tiny, it’s dark and is actually currently being used as storage space for my shoes and bags (90% of which are waiting to be listed on my depop). It’s too narrow to comfortably sit at (it probably wouldn’t even accommodate an office chair) and it’s facing a wall. Not particularly inspiring. So I work in my open-plan kitchen, at a proper table with the light streaming in through the french doors. It sounds glamorous – it’s not. It’s a communal area so there’s always noise, clutter and plenty of unwanted distractions – not ideal. But I make the most of what I’ve got and I do the best I can. I actually spend a lot of time working in my local Costa, I find it much easier to ‘zone out’ and get things done when I’m surrounded by strangers. And it’s an environment I’m familiar with (hello coffee addiction), I feel content there.
But I long to have my own space like in the images above – images I’m sure you’ve seen posted all over the likes of tumblr, Instagram and where I found sourced them, Pinterest. I want my own office to decorate and that I can work and create in. It’s true that I’m feeling a little claustrophobic at the moment anyway, moving back home having returned from university is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. It feels like I’ve lost freedom and independence. But I know it isn’t permanent, I just need to work very hard to be able to afford to move out and build the life that I dream of day in, day out.
Anyway, I’ve rambled (surprise, surprise). What I want to make clear is that it does matter what pencil you use, what decorations you buy and whether or not you stop by that flower stall on your way home. Create a space that you actually want to be in and then you might look forward to sitting down and getting stuff done. Create a beautiful space and you’ll create beautiful work. Be motivated and inspired by your surroundings.
In the meantime, I’ll be slogging away in an attempt to one day own a gorgeous office like those pictured above …
Love, Beth xo.