Design Your Home Office Following Zen Principles
I often say to clients, “less is more.” I certainly feel that way in office decor. Wihout even realizing, can become quite chaotic very quickly.
If you’re a busy entrepreneur working from your home office and you need to up your productivity fast, perhaps it’s time for a thorough workspace overhaul and willingness to embrace some helpful new practices. Visual or audio distractions in the room can often act as obstacles to preservation of focus and cause energy blocks, ultimately affecting your normal day-to-day business and its productivity.
As you probably know, most home offices are not conductive to efficient workflow because of too many distracting elements and the proximity of your living space as an area in most cases associated with spare time, leisure and non-work related activities. Still, there is an easy way to increase your efficiency even when working from home while at the same time preserving your peace of mind, focus and peacefulness – it’s called Zen. As a philosophy and school of practice inherited from ancient eastern masters, Zen signifies unity of the mind and the body in the pursuit of higher knowledge and understanding through meditation, repose and quietude.
I love how each shelf doesnt’ house too much “stuff” to clutter the look of the room. Everything has a place.
According to a Zen studies society, it can be defined as “infinite gratitude to all things past, infinite service to all things present, and infinite responsibility to all things future”, and this spiritual approach can be effectively implemented in home office design to advance flexibility, openness, completeness, attunement and productivity of dealings in the house-based work area. Here, we bring you some useful tips on how to organize your home-based workspace to a most satisfactory outcome and reach the Zen state while pursuing your everyday business.
Defining the Use of Your Home-Based Workspace
Keeping organized and clear of clutter is a key componant to a productive workspace. I am loving the rug and mirrored table in this picture!
De-cluttering Your Work Area
One important aspect of any area you use daily is tidiness. Useless mess on your desk and the rest of you workspace is a distraction getting in the way of productive workflow and blocks uninterrupted energy flow. On top of looking grungy and terribly neglected, needless clutter in your home office is also highly unprofessional so clean out your desktop and drawers and throw away items you seldom use – this will eliminate blocks, streamline energy and encourage you to focus on the job objectives.
Being Systematic with Files, Documents and Supplies
Preserving focus is essential when handling significant projects and tasks, so to add a dash of Zen and/or feng shui to your home office, be systematic with papers, documents and files. Orderly financial sheets, contracts and bills will take your mind off commonplace concerns and allow you to be more relaxed, alert and productive. Use folders, binders and labels to organize paperwork and office supplies – in a neat room, energy flows more freely, contributing to higher productivity as well.
I love the pops of bright color to keep the space from looking drab!
Adding Personal Touches
To ensure work efficiency while preserving a stress-free and comfortable environment, personalize your home-based workspace with accessories precious to you. Elements of individual style carefully arranged around the work area (e.g. photos, potted plants, inspirational quotes, wall art and other personal details) render a distinctive feel and energy to the room, which in turn boosts productivity, comfort and tranquility on a busy home office day, we learn from various office furniture suppliers.
Keeping up the Good Work
To ensure long-term flexibility, peace and productivity, set aside some extra time every day to carefully review your home office and consider potential modifications and adjustments in the room arrangement. Take 5-10 minutes at the beginning of your work day to declutter the room, make sure it is clean and orderly and rearrange furniture pieces or items getting in the way of the overall energy flow. Remember: preserving harmony in your home office is a process, and it takes continuous effort.
Although I would recommend a throw rug or valance to introduce some color and warmth to the space, the cubbies do provide great storage.
To maximize productivity and efficiency of your work at home in the long run, a one-off spring cleaning, a handful of new furnishings thrown in from time to time and an occasional fresh paint number are just not enough. Like learning, meditation and understanding, conduct of business is also a process that requires patience, calmness and intense focus on the tasks and projects at hand, which is why the Zen philosophy can come in handy when designing your home office.
If you want to boost energy, work output and overall atmosphere of tranquility, purposefulness and service to other people and/or a higher goal, you should try and keep your home office clean, simple, meaningful, straightforward, orderly and inspiring. After all, harmony comes hand in hand with peace and contentment, which are inextricable from balance, well-being and success in all aspects of life, including business.
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Author Bio: If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she simply can’t resist the urge to embark on all sorts of home improvement projects and spread the word about them. You can check her out on Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn.