Personally, I find that the aesthetics of the space I work in every day to be extremely important to my productivity. Not just because I’m constantly producing photo shoots and am always using props I have around the studio, but because I remember what it was like to hate the space I worked in every day.
The first two years I worked from home, I wasn’t happy with the look and feel of my space and it drove me nuts every day. It just took up space in my brain and I’d feel annoyed every time I’d see something I felt was unfinished, undecorated, or just not my style.
As much as I think working with what you have and not letting aesthetics get in the way of your work is a great outlook to have, it bothered me and I couldn’t help that. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t care about what things look like, more power to you, but I can’t say that for myself. I care.
I have loved office products since I was little. Shopping for new supplies for school each year was one of the highlights of my young life. Fresh crayons, new folders, a new storage box — heaven.
To this day, I still get excited about office supplies. I have avoid the office aisles in stores because I know I’ll end up bringing yet another set of pens home with me. But there are some items that can’t be avoided, enter Cynthia Rowley. I’m already a fan of her clothing (remember this dress?). Now she has a collection with Quill.com. Hello gold foil and white file folders — be still my office-supply-loving heart.
Something as simple as a new notebook and pens, or a coat of paint on the wall and a rug can really change the feel of your office space. If your space doesn’t inspire you, I recommend finding a way to change it up to where it does. You don’t have to scrap the entire place and get all new furniture — do it little by little. It’s amazing what one little product can do to change your mood at work!