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Every successful woman has a space that allows her to produce her best work. As you advance in school or your career, it is imperative that you create a work space for yourself that allows the maximum amount of productivity. Whether it be in your office cubicle or in your home office, organizing your work area to encourage success is something you should put near the top of your to-do list. However, figuring out what leads to productivity is not an easy task. Follow the below tips to flourish in your work space:

1) Clear out distractions

Getting work done can be quite difficult when you have your phone on and right next to you. Turning off or simply putting your phone in a drawer and out of sight is a practice that is smart to get into when you are trying to work. The time spent taking your eyes off your work with every new Twitter or Instagram notification adds up and can cause you to lose focus. If you need to have your phone on you because you’re waiting for a call, deleting the apps that serve as a distraction is also effective.

2) Make it inviting

Your work space should be an area that you feel comfortable in. You shouldn’t be distressed by the environment that you are in. If you’re able to change the color scheme of the area you are working in, it is recommended that you adjust it to the color corresponding with your work needs. For example, if your work requires creativity, a yellow color scheme is favorable. If you’re looking to add a tranquil air to your space, center it around a green color scheme.

3) Avoid making it too cozy

While your work space shouldn’t resemble solitary confinement, it is also important that it does not resemble your bedroom. If your work area is too comfortable, you might find yourself relaxing in it more than working in it. It is important to find a balance between a setup that is comfortable and one that keeps you focused. Pro-tip: keeping the area you work in well-lit is proven to increase productivity and even provide a boost to your mood.

4) Keep it organized

Investing in a file cabinet and file folders can save you both time and unnecessary stress. Organization doesn’t stop at file folders and highlighting–it extends to online clutter, as well. Taking a day to clean up your email and organize current documents on your computer into different files will transform your work experience. It will make finding old documents on your computer much easier.  

5) Add personal touches

Who said work can’t be fun? Make your space one you look forward to going to with personal touches. Fun decorations like paintings or framed quotes can liven up your area and even spark creativity. If you lack the extra space for decorations, consider buying decorative office supplies. Target is host to all kinds of fun staplers, notebooks, and other essential office materials.

6) Keep your work space strictly for work

Similar to the way keeping your bed strictly for sleep leads to better sleeping habits, using your work space only for work can increase productivity. Your mind will associate your work area with work-related activities and getting in the flow of work will become much easier. Relocate non-work activities – such as lunch – to a different location during the work day if you want to be more efficient when starting your day.

Work can be hard enough without the pressure of being unproductive. Apply the above six tips to your work space to bring success to your personal and professional life.

Alana B
FFL Contributor
Alana is an undergraduate student at Washington State University studying communications. She aspires to work in either journalism or communications and aims to empower young women to feel confident in sharing their political views. Her favorite things include Jesus, capitalism, politics, yoga, and traveling.

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