Our society puts entirely too much emphasis on romantic love. It creates this false image that love is something that only applies to one particular situation or occasion. Love is much bigger than any individual, sex, or couple, no matter how badly the world tries to shove amatonormativity down your throat. Love is not exclusive, and it sure as hell doesn’t discriminate.
You can love all sorts of people, places, and things. It isn’t something that’s reserved by, or for, anyone or anything. Do you have a favorite vacation destination that you’ve fallen in love with? One that you dream about returning to? Why not create a sanctuary for yourself that makes you feel peaceful and productive on a daily basis?
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How to Fall in Love With Your Workspace
Everyone has a different idea in their mind of what the perfect sanctuary looks and feels like, so there is no one color or piece of furniture that can satisfy everyone. So, these are more general guidelines than specifics, meant to inspire you so that you can fall in love with your workspace and feel more productive in your home office.
Switch Things Up
Working from the same area can get old fast. It can make everything you’re doing feel stale. If you’re at the point where you feel like you’re just going to jump out of your skin if you have to sit in the same chair at the same desk in front of the same wall for ten hours today, rearrange some things instead.
Moving the furniture around a bit can give you a new perspective on things and open up the room. Just make sure you plan things out before you start moving, like where the power plugs are, for instance, and what you’d like to be facing (or what you don’t want to face) as you work through the day.
Use Color Psychology
Different colors can trigger different emotions, so they’re something to consider when you’re planning out your home office makeover. If you want to go all out, you can even paint your walls for a major mood boost. But, if you’re looking for something a bit quicker, you can just add colorful art, furniture, throw blankets, and decor to surround yourself with.
Which colors to use depends on what you’re looking for most in a mood boost. Do you just want to generally be happy and feel joyful? Go for yellow! Are you feeling unmotivated and in need of a spark to get you through your month? Opt for fiery reds and oranges. Or perhaps you’ve been a bit on edge with some of your clients lately and you need to de-stress. In that case, fill the room with different shades of blue, which can calm you down, and help you feel more focused. Plus, to truly fall in love with your workspace, you have to make it entirely your own!
Practice Some Feng Shui
While you’re moving things around anyway, you may consider implementing the ancient art of feng shui, or geomancy. Feng shui, which translates to “wind-water,” is based on the study of natural patterns within nature, and how humans can use those patterns to live in a way that “flows” with their environment. Practicing this craft in your home means decluttering and opening up your space which in turn should help you keep you focused and free of stress.
To feng shui your home office, there are a couple of things you can do. Lighter, airier spaces are all the rage, which means if you’ve got a window in the room, try to position your desk so you’re near (but not right up against) it. Use sheer, light-colored curtains that will allow the sun to come in.
Now, make sure that you are able to move around freely and there is nothing blocking your way when you need to get to your desk or enter or exit the room. The point is for you and your energy to get around without feeling blocked. Here are some more ways you can use feng shui to fall in love with your workspace.
Get a Comfortable Computer Chair
Ah, yes. If you’re going to spend hours upon hours sitting at your desk every day, you should be as comfortable as humanly possible doing so. There are probably several aspects to the perfect desk chair, including adjustable height and armrests, swivel ability, and lumbar support.
These ergonomic chairs by Smugdesk have it all, and you can order them from Amazon for less than $100! Your lower back will thank you. Plus, if you’re comfier at your desk, you’ll be more productive throughout the day.
Get Out of The House
If you’re feeling particularly down about heading into your workspace today, why not shake things up and go work somewhere else instead? Grab your laptop and anything else you need and head to the park, the library, or a local coffee shop, etc. Sometimes, we just need a break from the routine to motivate us and get us back on track. After all, you know the old saying, “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” And, if you find that you really love working from a more public space, you can always make it a regular thing!
Elevate Your View
Staring at your computer in front of a wall for several hours can feel especially dull. Of course, according to feng shui pros, you don’t want your desk directly in front of a window, either. So what can you do to liven things up a bit?
After you’ve rearranged the furniture to your liking, it’s time to add some personal touches. What is your favorite place on earth? Frame a photo of it and hang it up on the wall across from your desk. Alternatively, you can use a set of paintings on canvas. Then, add some pieces of decor that feel special to you as well.
Keep Your Drinks Close, But Your Snacks Even Closer
When you’ve got a million things to do around the office, you may not have the time to spare to run to the kitchen and grab something to eat. This is also true for online ESL teachers, who need to eat something in the two minutes you have between classes or tutoring sessions.
Keep a stash in the office to avoid stomach rumbling (and prying fingers!) You can keep foods like energy bars (or Snickers) in a drawer, but you can also keep your cold drinks and favorite snacks in one of these cute desktop mini-refrigerators.
Use Scents to Change the Mood in the Room
Keeping an oil diffuser in your home office is a great way to improve your mood within a matter of minutes. Use different scents depending on the desired effect. Citrus scents including lemon and orange are good for mid-afternoon energy boosts, while cinnamon can help you focus and be more productive.
Take a Break and Get Away When You’re Stressed
If you stick around in your office and sulk in front of the computer when you’re dealing with a tough client, it’s likely just going to make you feel worse, and possibly even say something you’ll later regret in the form of an angry email. Take a breather and go for a quick walk around the neighborhood, or go grab a cup of coffee and hang out in the kitchen or dining room for a few minutes until you’re feeling a little more clearheaded.
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Erika Sellmer is a digital content specialist with a master’s degree in public relations and over five years of experience in the online media industry.
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