With the season of Spring having now sprung, I’m going to show you how I Spring Cleaned my home office. If you are fortunate enough to work from home, you likely have a home office, and you likely spend countless hours hunched over your desk, click-clacking away at your computer’s keyboard. I’m going to show you how to keep your workspace functional, inspiring, and aesthetically pleasing without sacrificing productivity.
I’m not much of a Spring Cleaner. Spring 2015, however, just happens to coincide with the end of my current apartment lease, so I decided to use this as an opportunity to pare down, polish, and organize as I move into my new humble abode.
My home office is where I spend close to 10 hours a day, everyday. It’s where I create, collaborate, and drink copious amounts of coffee. I need a space that allows me to be both productive and creative; therefore, it must be inspiring!
Here’s what my desk looked like shortly after moving into my new apartment:
This isn’t doing anything for my productivity. In fact, just looking at this photo makes me want to relocate to a coffee shop (which is also an amazing way to boost creativity and your productivity! But I can’t give up that easily.
Get Rid of the Excess:
First, I got rid of the unnecessary. I decided to banish all knickknacks from my desk to eliminate distractions. Cables and hard drives that are not currently being used are going “bye-bye” until I need to fire them up again in the future. Business cards, binders of invoices, and receipts all now live in storage until I need them again.
Make Room for Productivity:
Next, I tackled the productivity. I’m a firm believer in the idea that if you don’t have a secondary monitor, you are killing your productivity. As a video editor, having two screens to work with is pretty essential. So I left my external monitor, laptop (which sits on a stand to bring the laptop closer to eye-level), my work hard drives, mouse, keyboard, notebook, and pen. Also, I decided to keep my desk fan (to cool me down, especially when the sunlight blasts me in the face in the late afternoon), and my mini rug which serves as a coaster for my glass of water (and coffee cup).
This is what my desk looks like now:
Now that looks like a place where I can get work done!
Saving the Best for Last:
Finally, I brought in the inspiration. On my desk there are a couple books that have been very influential and inspiring to me, thus I can always turn to them for motivation. I can afford the extra desk space for a neat stack of my favorite books. From the bottom up: Vito Russo’s Celluloid Closet; Peter Biskind’s Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film; Daniel Gurskis’ The Short Screenplay; and my favorite novel: Paul Neilan’s Apathy and Other Small Victories. Above my desk are posters from my favorite musicians (Tycho, Boards of Canada, and Radiohead). The small stack of books and prints serve to bring form to function--I’m able to be inspired, without being totally distracted.
Your home office doesn’t have to be boring in order to be both functional and inspiring. The key is to figure out what is important to you, and the work you do. My workspace might not inspire everyone, but it works for me and that’s what matters!
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