How to create a happy + productive workspace

How to create a happy + productive workspace // rachelgadiel.com
How to create a happy + productive workspace // rachelgadiel.com

Last week I shared how to have your best month yet, highlighting how the space you work in plays an important role in how productive you are.

Not only is it where you need to be focused and thinking creatively, it's where you're likely to be spending a lot of time, so it makes sense that it's designed for optimal productivity; as well as looking good!

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I moved in with my man over the weekend and now have the fun project ahead of redecorating my workspace, which I have to say I'm a bit excited about. So today I'm going to share the essential ingredients that make for a happy and productive workspace, conducive to creating your best work.

How to create a happy + productive workspace // rachelgadiel.com
How to create a happy + productive workspace // rachelgadiel.com

Natural light.

A well lit area for you to work in is essential given the long hours spent in front of an artificially lit computer screen. Not only is it good for your eyes, but studies have shown that natural light makes you more alert, happier and more productive.

How to create a happy + productive workspace // rachelgadiel.com
How to create a happy + productive workspace // rachelgadiel.com

A comfortable chair.

A comfortable chair makes the world of difference, especially when spending long periods sitting at your desk. I used to try and work from a chair that looked good, but really was uncomfortable and meant that I wasn't inclined to sit in it. Once I made the change to a more practical chair I found I had considerably more motivation to work!

How to create a happy workspace for optimal productivity // rachelgadiel.com
How to create a happy workspace for optimal productivity // rachelgadiel.com

 Use colour to enhance the mood.

It's well documented that colour influences mood and can trigger certain emotional responses. Blues and greens lend themselves to being refreshing and soothing; red and yellow are known to stimulate energy; and then on the other end of the spectrum neutral colours like white and beige can have a calming and peaceful effect. Determine the colours that will help you be most productive and then be creative in how you pull your space together, which may be as simple as adding pops of colour with artwork or a fun chair.

How to create a happy + productive workspace // rachelgadiel.com
How to create a happy + productive workspace // rachelgadiel.com

Keep it organised.

There are theories that a messy desk is conducive to creativity, but I don't buy into this at all. Sure, have what you need within reach - especially a paper and pen to jot down ideas as they come - but having your desk littered with crap is not going to help you to produce your best work. Find a space for everything and keep your desk area orderly to eliminate distractions and focus your attention on what needs to get done.

How to create a happy + productive workspace // rachelgadiel.com
How to create a happy + productive workspace // rachelgadiel.com

 Surround yourself with positive inspiration.

Adding personal touches to your space to inspire you lends itself to being more productive. One of my favourite ways to do this is to create a mood board filled with gorgeous images, uplifting quotes, positive affirmations and postcards of far away places to remind you of the beauty in the world.

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Now I'm keen to hear your best tips for creating an inspiring workspace; one that you actually want to work in - let me know in the comments!

Rachel xo

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