Does your workspace help or hinder your productivity?

Take a moment to look at your workspace. What does it say about you and how you conduct your business?


If there's paperwork sprawled all over the shop, half-finished cups of tea, stuff piling up- chances are your business is suffering similar symptoms. I'll-get-to-that-later projects, overdue admin, full inbox, a messy desktop. It's enough to make you feel overwhelmed- so many tasks to complete can leave you feeling stuck on where to start.


Sound familiar? Then you my friend, need a desk-makeover! It's time to clear up that paper pile and clean off that desk because I've put together my top essential items for a happy and productive workspace. 


 Display something that will motivate you.

This is what I am here for, after all. My What You Nurture print is perfect for giving you a daily kick-in-the-butt to remember that you gotta tend to that creative business garden of yours if you want it to grow into a beautiful bank account balance.


 Always have a notebook on hand to jot down things for later.

I'm loving this gold time planner from Kikki K. As you are working, there's a good chance your mind will start to wander and you will come up with ideas and things you want to do. Defer them, for Pete's sake woman! Write them down, chuck them in your diary if you wish and then go back to the task at hand. If you get the thought out of your head and on paper, you give your brain reassurance it won't be forgotten and permission to focus on what you are working on right now.


 Plants provide a calming and positive environment for you to work in.

They help you breathe better and remove toxins from the air. I personally love ficus plants like the rubber tree pictured because they have beautiful large leaves. 


 Have a water bottle assigned to your desk, so you will always remember to drink water while you work.

Drinking lots of water daily is essential to your health and helps keep your energy levels going. I have one of these Bobble containers which has a nifty filter in the top to draw out some of the impurities before I take my swig.


Experiment with Scent.

Essential oils are said to improve concentration, so it's lovely to have some in an oil burner or scented soy candle around the home. I love this candle by Jonathan Adler. Essential oils are said to improve your focus and clarity include Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Basil, Sage and Juniper Berry. See what works and appeals to you.


 Try using a kitchen timer.

I recently got mine out and it still works a treat! I remember using one during my final exam study in high school to time myself at writing essays and get better at thinking faster. If you are really lagging in the productivity department, consider giving this old trick a shot. Pick a task, set your time limit and...GO! It's amazing how much less time you allow yourself to spend distracted by the internet or fussing about when you are racing the clock. Just don't forget to give yourself some time afterwards to relax and feel good about your accomplishment :)


What do you do to make you workspace more productive? I'd love for you to share with us so click the comment icon down below and tell me what you think.


Megan Guise
Megan Guise


Owner of Megan Isabella Design. I make original art cushions for the kind of person who swoons over the set design on Mad Men.

2 Responses

Megan Isabella
Megan Isabella

October 29, 2014

Hey Pia, I cleaned my desk on the weekend and it has made a huge difference to how I feel about my work. For starters I actually want to use it, as opposed to just moving my laptop to the dinner table…

Good luck!


October 29, 2014

Megan – these are great tips.
I have the MESSIEST desk in the world and every now and then I just scrape everything off, straight into a big box and then start again.
I think I may just have to put a couple of your techniques into place to try to improve my overall attitude towards my Work Space.
Thanks for the inspiration :)

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