This is a collaborative post with Pall Mall Estates as part of the #WorkspaceWonder campaign. All words and opinions are my own.
I knew I needed to create a dedicated workspace to help boost my productivity and help me to get in the zone faster. At the top of our stairs we have a small nook which previously housed the worlds biggest washing basket. I thought it would be perfect for a small workspace if we could find a desk small enough to fit. As ever, Ikea provided the solution! Unfortunately they don't stock in any more but there are lots of compact desks on the Argos site. Once we'd solved that problem we had somewhere to house a desktop PC and printer, the mini office was starting to take shape. There's quite a big window which makes it a really bright space and I was conscious that although I needed some extra storage I didn't want to block out any light. We used some thin picture shelves to create the perfect space to house cameras, notebooks and small electronics.
We recently moved the echo dot upstairs which has been a lovely addition to my workspace. I listen to music to drown out the sound of Matt and Luisa playing downstairs or ask Alexa to turn on the lights if it's getting gloomy. Matt and I also use this as a family workspace to carry out tasks like keeping track of our spending, list clutter on eBay, or fill out various forms for Luisa.
Pall Mall Estates have done some research into productivity and how to create the perfect workspace for you - I've included their infographic below so you can read about their findings more fully. Apparently I am in the minority of people who like to listen to music whilst they work, I certainly wouldn't have the tunes blasting while working out complex calculations but when doing admin or writing I think it helps me to focus. Something I'm keen to bring into our office space is greenery, I love plants and if they'll give me a boost even better!
I found it really encouraging that a messy workspace doesn't meant you're not organised - I've always been a bit messy but I know where things are and like to have all my bits and pieces to hand. Sure I'm never going to have a very minimalist workspace but I have one that works for me.
Is your desk an organised mess like mine or do you need a clear space to help you focus?