Tips to Improve and Add Creativity to Your Workspace
Even though you don’t work in companies that have some of the coolest and most creative offices like Google, Dropbox, Airbnb, Facebook, and Lego, you can take inspiration from them and make improvements on your own creative workspace at home or in the office to make it as stimulating as possible. It doesn’t need to be elaborate as having slides, dogs, or a play area. By starting on making even the slightest of changes, such as having an inspiration board, it is possible to enhance the place you work through these simple tips:
Lighting may not be on top of your list of things to change when you think of sprucing up your creative workspace, especially not to improve work productivity, inspiration, etc. But according to a study by the American Society of Interior Design, around 68 percent of employees are unhappy about the lighting situation in their offices. Natural lighting is always better than artificial lighting. If there are windows in your workplace, make use of them! If natural lighting is unavailable, the harshness of artificial lighting can be replaced by softer LED lighting, which is closer to natural sunlight.
Contrary to this quote by Albert Einstein, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”, a cluttered desk doesn’t always help with drawing ideas and creative input. Clear your workspace of any unnecessary clutter to help clear your mind and focus on the creative task at hand. If you need to gather ideas from random images and items, create an inspiration board or mood board.
Liven Up with a Little Music
Let’s be honest, not all offices (or staff members) will be okay with music playing in the background. But just in case your workplace is good with a little music, it’s good to invest in a decent office music system and streaming service. The music system eliminates the instances of individuals trapped and isolated in their headphones.
Start a Mini Garden
Don’t just put fake plants for aesthetics. REAL and robust, low-maintenance plants such as succulents can help with getting rid of the accumulating CO2 inside your office space. It has been scientifically proven that plants in the work area can significantly boost your mood and energy.
Easy Access to Food and Drinks
Get rid of “HANGRY” (hungry+angry) instances with foods and drinks. A snacks and drinks nook or kitchen area can help with keeping you focused. Having adequate intake of food and water (also, coffee and tea, if you prefer) helps with keeping you alert. Further, you can improve co-worker rapport through the informal meetings or snack breaks you take with everyone.
These tips specially work for creative teams like MicroCreatives, as our designers, developers, creative writers, and animators definitely live and breathe creativity. But certainly, offices and workspaces of any type of profession or interest should try these improvements to help stimulate their minds and keep ideas fresh.