Like most people my age, I have been a student most of life and finding a comfortable workspace has always troubled me. Maybe’s there’s too much light, maybe not enough. Maybe there’s a window that allows creativity to flow, but it’s too far away from your desk to inspire you. After years of this back and forth (and now having a workspace in an office building) I have devised a list that can help create a space that you enjoy spending your time working, reading, writing essays, or just exploring the Internet.
STAY CLOSE TO A WINDOW // During the countless essays I’ve had to write, some of which were completely spawned from my imagination, being next to a window was what kept me going. Not only does it give your eyes a break from staring as a laptop screen or a book, but gives you a change in environment and colour that allows those creative juices to flow.
KEEP IT NEAT, NOT NECESSARILY CLEAN // I have never been a fan of completely empty spaces. Something about the negative space makes me uncomfortable. That’s not to say that the best thing to have around you when you are trying to work is clutter. I’d like to think of it as organized chaos where all the things that bring you joy and creativity are around you, but not overwhelming your space. I give my small desk some dimension by keeping a few books around me and a glass jar full of writing utensils.
LIGHTING // Being able to see what you are doing is probably the most important. Not only does a dark, gloomy room provide bad vision, but also gets your mood down when you are trying to get through a project. This leads back to the window; try to have your desk near natural lighting. You can’t go wrong with sunlight. The next best thing would be to plan where you would like your artificial light coming from if sunlight isn’t an option. There are various lamps and bulbs that mimic natural lighting at IKEA for fairly cheap.
A COMFORTABLE CHAIR // I have the bad habit of slouching all the time and desk chairs do not help it. Finding a chair that comfortably fits your back and silhouette is just as important when having to spend a few hours at your desk.
COLOURFUL STATIONARY // Back to giving your eyes a bit of a break, no one likes looking at a simulated white piece of paper on a computer screen for hours. That’s why I keep a few colourful pens and markers near by so that I can take notes here and there or maybe even have a quick doodle when my eyes need some time to relax.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN // The most important thing is to make your space your own. You can spend hours on Pinterest trying to find the best layout and set up, but at the end of the day it’s what reflects your personality that will keep you happy and motivated in your workspace.