As writers, we are always looking for new ways to unlock our creative potential, and where we write is a big part of the equation. Sometimes, the right combination of factors can really get that inspiration flowing, and before you know it, you have written thousands of words. If you desire a better writing space or you feel that you could be more productive if you made some tweaks, then we are here to help.
We have compiled many ways that you can spruce up your writing space that could unlock your writing potential to all new heights. You don’t have to incorporate everything we mention, but by incorporating a few plants, clearing some clutter, and even adding family photos, you can bring your writing to the next level.
1. Declutter and Stay Organized
Whatever room you decide is best for your writing, make sure that it is free of unnecessary clutter. While we may not always realize it, messy spaces can cause unnecessary anxiety and create an abundance of uneasy feelings, including guilt that you have let the office get that messy in the first place and stress about how and when you will have the chance to clean it. This is not to mention the fact that if you have to stop and clean, you’re not accomplishing your writing duties for the day.
Open spaces are essential for proper brainstorming because they give us more space to imagine what we want to write. You don’t want an empty room, but by organizing the space, you can easily find your assignments and notes and ensure that you turn in your work at your deadlines.
2. Incorporate Greenery
Another way to feel less stressed and boost your productivity is by putting plants or other greenery in the room. Experts have found that plants can put workers at ease because they get us psychologically engaged and put us in a more neutral place so we can focus on our work. Plants can also remove dangerous carbon dioxide from the air so we can breathe and think clearer.
There are many ways that you can incorporate greenery into your space that could also serve to beautify your room. You can start by placing a few potted plants near windows or along the mantel and a smaller one on your desk. You can even kick it up a notch by installing a vertical planter or a succulent wall.
3. Personalize With Family Photos
Your family is likely the most vocal supporters of your writing, so honor and incorporate them into your office to boost your productivity. A family photo on your desk can be a great reminder of those who are always there for you and if you are writing full-time to support your family, that is even more motivation to remain productive.
There are many ways that you can incorporate family photos into your office motif. Photo boards and coasters are great ways to compile all of your favorite images in one space. If you have a thinking couch where you do most of your brainstorming, then you might even consider buying customized blankets or pillows so you can always have your family close.
4. Desk and Chair Setup
While making modifications to the room around you is important, so is the way you sit and work. It is important to invest in an ergonomically designed chair, as failure to do so could result in back and neck problems over time. This is important because if you are in pain, then you are likely not producing your best writing. When you sit, do so with your spine straight and your shoulders back. Your arms should be bent at 90-degree angles.
Eye strain can be another bane of good writers as you may be working on your computer for 12-14 hours a day if you are really inspired. To avoid vision issues in the future, make sure to practice the 20-20-20 rule, where you look away from your computer every 20 minutes to look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
5. Update Paint Color
Another factor you may not consider when it comes to productivity in your writing is the color of your room. Different colors can affect how you feel and think about your work. For instance, blue is often used in accounting offices and jobs with high detail because it is known to stimulate the mind and helps the employees to stay focused.
Gray is another great option because as a neutral background, it can create a blank canvas of sorts in your mind as you come up with your next story or news angle. As mentioned, green is another color that can make a big difference because it reminds us of natural things like plants and trees.
6. Limit Distractions
Having too many distractions is the certain death of productivity. Televisions, loud music, video games, and other unnecessary toys can quickly take your mind off of your writing and make even the simplest assignment seem to go on forever. Instead of allowing television to be a distraction while you work, make it a reward for completing your assignment. Some people find that classical music can help them to focus, but you’ll still likely want to keep it at a reasonable volume so you can focus.
While it may be easier said than done these days when parents and kids are home more often, it is also important to limit those distractions as well. If you have a big assignment that is due soon, try writing when the kids are out of the house or even after everyone has gone to bed. Too much multitasking can cause you to forget important details in your writing.
As you can see, there are many ways to improve your writing space for maximum productivity. By trying the tips discussed here, you can meet your deadlines without unnecessary anxiety and your editors will love it too!
Beau Peters is professional with a lifetime of experience in service and care. As a manager, he has learned a slew of tricks in the business world and enjoys sharing them with others who carry the same passion and dedication that he brings to his work.