As you likely know, we love a bright, organized and impactful workspace, and the new year is the perfect time to create an office that looks good and does good. We teamed up with our friends at Local + Lejos to give you our favorite tips for creating an office with intention, and stay tuned for a fun giveaway at the end!
1. Organization is key.
A wise mom once told us that we should have "A place for everything and everything should be in it’s place,” when tackling organization. A lot easier said than done, right? Having a home for everything is a good start to an organized work space. We recommend the Local + Lejos Sisal Peace Basket for pens and pencils and their Muhanga Nesting Bowls to store all the things you can’t find when you need them most (think paper clips and rubber bands). Add in their Neri Tray as the perfect paper catch-all. Having an organized desk is great motivation to get the ball rolling on to-do list items and e-mails that have been pushed off for weeks. Perhaps organizing your office was one of the items on the aforementioned to-do list. Look at that! You’re halfway there.
2. Find ways to incorporate nature and being kind to the environment.
Recent studies have shown that bringing plants into your office does more than just add some life to your space, but can actually make you more productive by improving air quality and reducing stress.
It is also important to remember to be kind to the environment when choosing your office products. We recommend our paper products - including our new spiral notebooks and desk calendars - because of their FSC certification, ensuring that all products come from well managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits to our world.
3. Create a mood board that shows your vision, and always keep it in front of you.
Your work space should represent YOU! Your dreams, your visions, your passions; your office should be an inspired product of the world inside your head. Our favorite way to put our dreams on display is via a mood board. Start with a large empty space, a white board, a chalkboard wall, a cork board, anything! The great thing about a mood board is there are no rules. If it’s inspiring to you, put it up. Whether it is professional goals, an inspiring quote, or photographs, get creative and make it a true reflection of where you want to see your life go. Having tangible evidence of your dreams in front of you will help serve as a constant reminder to go for what you want, always!
4. Focus on creating an office that looks good and does good.
The aesthetics of our workspace environment can have a powerful effect on our productivity and mood throughout our workday. In order to maximize our efforts, we should have a workspace that is pleasing to the eye as well as in line with our world changing vision. Our offices say more about us than we think. Let’s make them look good and do good.
Once you’ve evaluated your workstyle and your desired aesthetic, decide what type of an impact you would like to make with your purchases. Do you love supporting small US businesses? Would you like to support artisan groups around the world? Is there a particular social cause you care greatly about, as we do about promoting a business education for women around the world? The products we use in business matter, and will also influence our co-workers to think about them the same way. We can make an impact each and every day by making conscious decisions about how we dress up our workspace.
We have teamed up with Local + Lejos to give 1 lucky winner a Good Office Starter Kit, including items from both MM and L+L so you can start to create your good office space!
(It only takes a minute!)
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