The Creative Home Office
How creative is your home office or workplace? Does it inspire you? Does it uplift you? Does it reflect and support that wonderful, powerful, creative version of you – your best self?
Your environment has the power to do that.
The places and spaces where you spend your time can affect your creativity and your access to inspiration – as well as your enjoyment of life.
When you spend your days in beautiful, uplifting places, you’re naturally more creative and inspired.
You’re also more likely to feel happy and energised, to feel good about life.
And these effects are more than just fleeting emotions.
Science is showing us that our environments can powerfully affect our mental states and our ability to function well.
Feng Shui Master and Law of Attraction expert Marie Diamond says, “Your brainwaves change when your environment is changed.”
Marie cites a study that showed how a cluttered office induced beta brainwaves (associated with lack of inspiration and even depressive moods.) Whereas the same person in a ‘feng shui-ed’ office immediately experienced more of the alpha brainwaves that create inspiration and optimistic moods.
So, the spaces we occupy on a daily basis influence our moods, our energy and our mindset. These factors play an important role in our creativity levels and our quality of life.
And if you’re a creative professional – reliant on a healthy access to inspiration – the effects can be even more significant.
Plus, the positive feelings we experience in an inspiring workplace are catalysts for many more of life’s gifts, such as health, inner peace and generosity.
So, if you’d like to enjoy more ease, flow and fulfilment in your creative life, it’s worth giving some thought and loving attention to your workspace.
Here are 4 simple steps to designing a space that supports your creativity and your access to that life-enhancing inspiration.
4 Steps to Creating an Inspiring Workspace
For optimum productivity, clarity and flow, ensure your workspace is free from energy-sapping clutter.
If you enjoy a degree of ‘creative chaos’, create an appealing space for any books, papers, paintings or objects that cheer or inspire you, but be selective. Ensure the items uplift your energy and mood. And bear in mind that too much distracting clutter can hamper innovation and fresh thinking.
You may like to keep your work materials open and accessible, but to help you focus, limit the work on display to your current projects.
Adopting the habit of archiving finished work will ensure your beautiful, clear and inspiring workspace stays that way.
You may also like to keep a dedicated space open for any fresh new energy or experiences to flow in. For example, a spot on the shelf for an award you’d love of for that book you want to write.
It can be inspiring to keep images of your heroes and role models around you. You could hang pictures of them on the wall or keep their memoirs or biographies close to hand.
Surround yourself with encouraging wisdom from like-minded people, particularly those you admire.
Perhaps you could devote a shelf to books or magazines about your passion topic – whichever arena you find most inspiring.
These can act as powerful reminders of why you do the work you do – especially during any challenging moments.
Just catching a glimpse of these uplifting momentos can trigger the emotions that drew you to them – reigniting your creative spark and aspirations.
If you find any quotes or sayings particularly uplifting, keep a version of them in your workplace.
You could print out and frame any messages or quotes that resonate with you and make you feel confident, inspired and creative.
Choose the ones that most uplift you – the words of wisdom that make you want to create your greatest work.
Keep them where you’ll see them often. They needn’t be on prominent display, but keep them somewhere they can catch your eye with a welcome confidence boost during the inevitable creative wobbles.
Take a tip from top companies and devise a clear and concise mission statement or vision board of your creative goals.
We creatives are often inspired to explore lots of ideas and possibilities, but this can lead to scattered attention and lack of tangible results.
Keeping a strong visual reminder in your workplace can really help you stay on course with the bigger picture, so you’re clear about your work, your purpose and what truly matters to you.
This kind of clarity enhances the creative process and is also great for boosting confidence.
With just a little effort and attention, you can create a workspace that inspires, uplifts, energises you and helps you to focus on what matters.
The creative life can be challenging! Fostering a strong foundation will help you manage the bumps along the way.
By making some simple changes and installing new positive habits, you’ll create a base that supports both you and your work – boosting not only your creativity and productivity, but your wellbeing and happiness, too.
Find more creative inspiration in my guide here.