Working from home can be the ultimate freedom you had ever dreamed of or could be a drag in the long run when you don’t have ‘live’ colleagues to interact with and or dressing up to go out. Here are few ideas to enliven the daily routine and help you feel driven to get up and ‘go to work’.

Here are some tips you can plan on right away to get your home office looking inviting and fresh, the motivation to begin every work day with a smile and energy to do something amazing. Yes, the surroundings matter!

Lively Decor

Look around, do you see the same old drab white table with cords dangling from the back? The same sofa that has been around for the last 6 years – feels run down and slightly yucky? Oh well, it’s time for a remodel! Sprucing up the work area with modern sofas, desks or modern bar stools, can enliven your space and gives you the smile and energy you need to stay motivated every day.

Looking for inspiration? Search up HGTV, Pinterest and Houzz, the collection people have here is incredible and is bound to inspire.

Organization

It would be really tough to like what you see around if everything is messy and unorganized. An organized space gives a feeling of calmness and control. That’s what you want to feel like when you step in to your home office every day. Often papers and files are the reason for the disorganization you see around. The first step is to check on how you do more electronic filing and eliminate old and unnecessary paperwork that’s crowding your space.

Check out some inspiration from HGTV to stay organized.

Lighting

Optimal lighting increases alertness and ushers in a feel-good mood even in the most drab season. Usually natural light makes us happy, but in places where the duration of sunlight is short or depending on the location of your home or apartment it is not often possible to have the desk by the window or have a skylight. Here’s where you must get creative and buy fixtures and bulbs that mimic natural light and position them so that you have enough light all across the room.

Add Some Greens

Add greenery to your work space. According to a research by Science Daily ‘green’ offices with plants make staff happier and more productive than ‘lean’ designs stripped of greenery. The research showed plants in the office significantly increased workplace satisfaction, self-reported levels of concentration, and perceived air quality. Analyses into the reasons why plants are beneficial suggests that a green office increases employees’ work engagement by making them more physically, cognitively, and emotionally involved in their work. So why not add more plants to your decor, green is pleasant the more motivators in the room, the better!