No matter how much you love your career, there are days when you just can’t stop procrastinating – a strange, frumpy feeling washes over you and you start acting like Eeyore. Instead of breezing through your morning, you become frustrated with your cat for his inability to reply to emails on your behalf.
Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. That’s why it’s important to arm yourself with home office accessories that double as psychological triggers to keep you inspired throughout the day – no matter what chaos lies ahead. Below, a round-up of motivational ideas that will help you stop procrastinating and get down to business (literally):
1. A comfy loveseat/chair
Sitting in front of a screen all day can stifle your creativity. When you start feeling restless or have tasks where sitting at your desk isn’t crucial, create a comfortable, casual workstation for yourself. It will help free your mind for brainstorming and is one of the best ways to stop procrastinating.
2. A work-related playlist
Depending on the person, listening to music can be inspiring, but it can also be distracting. Some genres of music relax me and keep me inspired, while others make me feel like I’ve had two pots of coffee. Create a playlist of music specifically for work and I guarantee it’ll add a little pep to your step.
3. Milestone souvenirs
“Decorate in a way that highlights your success,” says health and wellness expert Jenny Giblin, such as items that represent career milestones you’ve conquered. “These help set your intention on success and happiness.” Plus, they’ll motivate you to reach your next insanely awesome career goal.
Plants are more than aesthetically pleasing – studies have shown they decrease stress and increase productivity.
5. A focal point
Design experts are always preaching the importance of a focal point – a room’s main attraction that helps ground the space. For living rooms it’s usually the fireplace, and for home offices it’s usually the wall behind your desk. When it comes to your office, a focal point won’t just ground the space visually, but you emotionally as well.
Create a focal point based on your personality: If oodles of inspiring quotes and family pictures gets you jazzed up, then by all means. But if you’re like me and clutter makes you hyperventilate, opt for a relaxing wallpaper or print.
6. A light therapy box
“I always recommend for those in seasonal areas where it gets dark early during the winter to buy a light box,” says therapist Lynn A. Polizzi, LMSW. “It’s a great way to keep you motivated and moving along,” especially when you miss what little daylight there is while you're working.
7. Fun and cheery computer wallpaper
Choose a wallpaper for your desktop that reminds you of how awesome your life is, and a screensaver that makes you feel guilty for procrastinating (seriously, it works!).
8. A water fountain
“Water is so tranquil, relaxing and stress-reducing because it’s always flowing,” says executive and interior design expert Maria Samuels. “It subconsciously nudges us to keep moving forward in the same fashion, without drama or stress.”
9. A food/drink station
You know those fancy trollies on soap operas where the characters dramatically drink a ton of water? Well, I’ve always wanted one, and while at first it was just an excuse to go shopping, it’s helped me stop procrastinating in a big way – because let’s face it, you always get hungry or thirsty in the middle of a task, never after you’re done.
10. A blank wall
A blank wall represents endless possibilities – it gives your eyes a place to wander while brainstorming without distracting you from the task at hand.
What home office items inspire you to stop procrastinating?
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