New Year, new start! With your high ambition, you’ll probably prepare yourself for the new year with (perhaps one too many) late night drinks before the strict regimens kick in. While it’s great to set new year goals, it’s important to set the stage for the space you’ll be inhabiting. By refreshing the places where you spend the most time, you’re supporting new habits.
The importance of creating an environment that inspires creativity and fosters intellectual growth. Creating a comfortable living environment will help inspire your best.
1. Sticky notes with personality with help make your to-do list fun
Sure, multi-colored Post-its are cool, but these sassy sticky notes add major personality to your desk decor. We love this pastel blue sticky note set from Kate Spade.
2. Compensate for being indoors by choosing a desk with a view
Open yourself up to divine inspiration by placing your desk below a window. With a fresh breeze and a healthy dose of sunlight, you’ll be amazed at how your creativity can soar.
3. Stock up on healthy snacks to keep you going when you need a boost
Keep your study space stocked with healthy snacks and beverages! I love veggies and hummus, Pellegrino, and Emergen-C powder to keep my immune system strong. Better yet, keep a mini-fridge nearby to avoid the distraction of leaving the room.
4. Hone in on your homework with your favorite beverage
Whether you’re a coffee or tea drinker, iced or hot, help yourself stay focused by sipping your favorite beverage regularly. A refreshing drink will keep you alert and awake through even the longest calls. Plus, it may help you fight those mid-afternoon hankerings.
5. Listen to an inspiring and brain-sharpening playlist
Plug in and tune out the noisy distractions with a positive playlist. The right playlist will help you get into a rhythm, making it easier to concentrate on the task at hand.
6. Stay on top of your tasks with a daily planner
You’re probably already married to using your Google calendar. The only problem I have with a google calendar is it leaves little room for creativity. According to Time Magazine, studies show that doodling helps you focus. If you do go the pen and paper route for planning your day, choose a planner that leaves space for doodles.
7. Keep your space neat and organized
This image may not be the truest representation of any working woman’s office, but a girl can dream! Create an environment free of distractions by keeping your workspace tidy and clean. A clean desk has the power to lift your mood and reduce stress.
8. Brighten your work load with a task lamp
Late-nights call for proper lighting. An adjustable task lamp is essential for illuminating your brilliance.
9. Spruce up your space with some life!
Bring some greenery indoors with a vase of fresh flowers. Not only do they smell nice, but they’ll improve your mood. A whiff of sweet florals is a quick escape from the computer screen!
10. Discover your sweet spot for a study break
Create a space where you can relax an overworked mind without having to retire to the bedroom. Set up a comfortable nook in a bright room where you can kick back and reset your batteries. A leather chair paired with a beautiful tribal rug is always a winning combination.
11. Create a real-life Pinterest board
Inspiration is key in keeping you focused on your goals. Pin magazine images, quotes and pictures to a bulletin board near your desk. Feeling shy? Then tuck them into a private space that you can retire to for inspo, or upload images to a virtual bulletin board like Tumblr or Pinterest.
12. Choose a desk chair that’s got your back
Don’t sacrifice comfort for style, especially with a desk chair. Select a seat that you can sit in for hours on end. Consider the layout of the room when making your decision: do you prefer a swivel chair so you can easily maneuver your way from one end of the room to the other? Are arm rests a must-have? When it comes to seating, one can never be too choosey.
While you’re at it, explore getting a standing desks (my Autonomous desk was well worth the investment!) #gamechanger