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My office is a cross between a well-oiled machine and a shrine to future goals and previous achievements.  Here are a few tips to ensure you’re getting the most out of your workspace.

  • How many of the items on your desk actually get used more than once in a day? All you really need on your desk is a pen, writing pad, telephone and computer. All other items need to earn their place on your desk.  Keep everything else in your draw.
  • Are you left or right-handed?  Have your telephone on the opposite side of the desk to your dominant hand.  Your writing hand will always be free to pick up a pen and take notes.  Keep your pen pot and your notepad on the same side of the desk as your dominant hand, for the same reason.
  • Access to fresh air gives you a great energy boost in the afternoon.  Try and have the window open for as much of the day as possible.
  • Painting your office a light blue or bluey/green colour can help you stay focused and productive throughout the day.  Bold colours can become overwhelming and distract you from your daily tasks without you even realising it.
  • Have an inspiration shelf.  This will be the place you look to when you’re digging in deep.  This shelf acts as a reminder as to why you have chosen to be an entrepreneur.  It acknowledges your achievements and spurs you towards your ultimate goal.  These are the items on my inspiration shelf:  a painted skull which is made of out clay, the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab (not the real ones of course), a photograph of my ex-work colleagues, a death mask, a black cat and a picture of some ballet dancers.  Each item represents one of my goals or reminds me of my inspirations and motivations. To anybody else, it’s a shelf with a load of stuff on it.

Try just one of these tips to see what a difference it can make to your productivity.

I’d be interested to hear what makes your office efficient, productive and inspirational too.

Oh yes, I nearly forgot.  Would you like to take a guess as to what the items on my inspirational shelf represent?  I’m looking forward to seeing your responses.