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The workspaces we 'live-in' can define who we are and inform how we feel and behave. Companies, like Google, know all about this, and are in fact, trailblazers, creating amazingly good workspaces.
Workspaces that encourage employees to celebrate their individuality, whilst simultaneously inspiring them to work hard and play hard!
It's official…Personalising your workspace is good for you!
Cool offices tend to be most common among tech and fashion companies and, of course, advertising and PR agencies; it's just part of their industry's culture. But there's no reason why you can't make it yours too, regardless of the work you produce.
A creative workspace can reflect your company's culture and brand and, best of all, create a contagious sense of pride.
Inspiration #1. Get a warehouse or loft.
Is your workspace hot?
Thanks to laptops, mobile phones, Wi-Fi and less paper, we no longer need to be chained to one specific desk to work.
'Hot desking' or 'hoteling', where multiple workers share workstations and meeting rooms is all about using space well. This means furnishing your workspace can go one step further, where the entire office environment is 'hot'!
Take a good, hard look at your 'workspace' and look at it with fresh eyes. You may want to empty the entire space and start with a fresh, clean, blank slate.
This process is really about removing the clutter, so go hard. Pull everything out of cupboards, rethink what you need and only keep the items you use regularly.
Sort your stations – and establish zones
A better workspace can often lead to better work. So take control by clearing the clutter.
To help you get organised, we caught up with up with Mara, a Professional Organiser from The Filing Fairies, who provided us with great tips on how you can master your workspace.
The Filing Fairies has a mantra; ORGANISE, UTILISE, ENJOY. We want to help you get organised so you can readily access your paperwork whenever you need it.
Colour is the strongest most powerful influence in a room. It's a high impact low cost device that defines a style and creates a mood. Even more importantly, it changes how your clients and employees feel in a space.
Use colour to create a workspace where people are happy to come to work.
Red is probably not the right colour for a 'Zen Spa' but it could certainly 'work' a PR Office or a Fashion Company.
Is your workspace the right colour for your work?
The new financial year is the perfect time to get sorted. Storage organisers are ideal for filing financial receipts and paperwork into clear categories, while stackable plastic tubs are perfect for archiving previous years paperwork. Fill them up then store them out of sight.
Ensure your tasks, projects and notes are all in one place using a brightly coloured A4 notebook. Use the right side of the book to take notes, leaving the left side to make additions, corrections and alterations. For regular tasks create your own checklist or daily To Do list. Laminate and reuse by using whiteboard markers. And remember to shred confidential paperwork regularly. Shredding can be composted, used in your cat litter tray or donated to pet stores.
Clear labels are essential if you want to be in control. With a labeller you can clearly identify folders, files, containers and drawers, which means you'll never waste time looking for anything ever again. With variable font styles and sizes, the easy peel labels make labelling a breeze.
Create a better workspace by storing small items like pens, pencils, sticky notes, stamps, envelopes, rubber bands and correction fluid in stylish desktop drawers. This way they're out of sight but close at hand. Rubber feet reduce movement and protect your desktop while these drawers work wonders in small spaces and add a creative touch.
These stylish Moleskine notebooks are popular all over the world. The front section is perfect for business notes while the back section can be used for personal notes. You'll be inspired to get, and stay, organised.
A monthly planner is the perfect visual tool to start the new financial year. Stay informed of upcoming commitments and key dates. Get organised and make 'planning, planning, planning' your mantra.
Your workspace set up is important for productivity. Plenty of horizontal space means you can get more work done so set yourself up with a scratch resistant desk with large drawers to keep your space clear and usable.
Coloured folders are great for filing as you can colour code categories such as money, health, home and lifestyle. Repetition is a powerful design trick, and it will give you visual clarity. So use either the same colour with different colour labels, or different colours for each individual folder. If you prefer suspension files, place a steel pedestal under your desk.
In a small space, walls are prime real estate. A corkboard (or two) is perfect for displaying photos, pictures and memorabilia. Use a colour palette to complement your space and try and opt for smaller items. You can also display your achievements on a corkboard or in photo frames. Certificates, diplomas and degrees deserve to be on show. If you're feeling creative, organise a personalised canvas for your wall. The tough part is deciding on which photo to use. Try a triptych (three images in a row) or slice up one image across multiple canvases for a tile effect.
Back up your photos and important documents with an external hard drive. Crucial data can be housed externally on a regular basis for peace of mind. If you can house it off site and schedule weekly backups, even better