Guest Post by Modernize
Building a business, especially a creative one, is challenging enough. Add in a chaotic home office (or no office at all), and suddenly your everyday obstacles of being self-employed just got that much harder. We at Modernize understand this struggle and have just the tools to help you build the perfect home office to invigorate your creativity and get your business headed in the right direction.
Find Your Space
Not everyone has a full room that can be dedicated to creating a home office. If you do, then problem solved! If not, don’t despair. Even the tiniest of nooks can be designed to be completely work-friendly. Either way, your ideal work space will have lots of natural light and a way to shut out the distractions of everyday life.
Determine Your Optimal Aesthetic
Everyone thrives in different work environments. Some people need copious amounts of colors, designs, and sounds in order to feel properly inspired; while for others, a relatively blank canvas allows their creativity to blossom. Take some time to consider what elements make you the most productive and which will be a distraction, then plan your “must haves” accordingly.
Even if you like a busier work aesthetic, having some organizational solutions will aid in your day-to-day activities. The less energy you have to dedicate to finding just where you left your scissors, means the more you have to getting the job done quickly and efficiently. Be sure to think outside the box on this aspect, too. For example, mugs from your favorite travel destination make a great pen holder, and old card catalogues are perfect for organizing threads and needles. So start looking at antique stores and garage sales for pieces that can be used in different ways to meet your organizational needs.
One place you definitely want to dedicate a portion of your budget is on an ergonomic chair. Nothing is a bigger distraction than being uncomfortable, and a cramped, hard chair isn’t worth the time lost, no matter how cute it is. Thankfully, ergonomic no longer means ugly or utilitarian. There are plenty of options out there that will keep you pleasantly supported while still adding to the overall beauty of your new work space.
Find a Color that Speaks to You
Colors not only affect our mood, but can also, shape our performance and thought. Yellow will make you more energetic, while green will refresh and relax you, for example. Perhaps the best color for a creative space, though, is red since it evokes enthusiasm and confidence, two attributes every artistic entrepreneur could use.
Inspiration and Relaxation
We all get bogged down with the stress and details of running a business at some point, so be sure to have a way to combat this. Hang an inspirational quote, your business goals, or a family photo, and a simple glance at it will help you recenter yourself when you feel like you are in over your head. And nothing says de-stress like coloring! Tuck away some crayons and a beautiful adult coloring book to help get your creative juices flowing again.
By combining a little personal introspection with these helpful tips, and you are certainly going to be well on your way to creating the perfect home office to invigorate your creativity!