At the AOL HQ we're all about creating a workspace that is both functional & inspiring. Where less is more & you can be motivated, productive & tick off your to-do list. So... we aligned with our HP New Zealand family to showcase 3 spaces that do just this - all styled by our Founder & interiors lover, Beck Wadworth. Beck also shares some of her top tips for creating a productive workspace.
Step 1: Identify what you personally need in your workspace to ensure you are productive.
For example, you might need the internet, power plugs, privacy, natural light, everyone will be different.
Step 2: Find your spot
Consider somewhere with beautiful natural light. Ideally you want a space that you can shut off & remove yourself from at the end of the day so you separate your personal & professional life. If not, you just need to make sure it’s easy to pack away at the end of the day.
Step 3: Start with your desk & chair
It may sound simple, but it’s really important to invest in a good chair to ensure you maintain the correct posture during the day.
Step 4: Add your workspace essentials
For example, your laptop (my favourite is the HP Envy 15), keyboard, even an extra screen.
Step 5: Stay organised with functional stationery & accessories
My personal top picks are a diary for managing your schedule & workload, a monogrammed notebook for notes.
Step 6: Get creative with your storage
Less is more & it’s important to avoid clutter. But if you do need storage in your workspace - give everything a place & make sure everything is easily accessible.
Step 7: Don’t forget to stay hydrated!
Step 8: Add a personal touch to the space.
This is where you can get creative & add those personal touches that make it your own & that keep you inspired & motivated.
I personally love adding a signature candle scent, ceramics, inspirational books, artwork & of course music.
Step 9: Write your to-do list & prioritise it.
This is one of the easiest ways you can ensure you are organised, productive, & manage your time effectively.
Jot down every single thing you need to do and prioritise your workload in a methodical way. This allows you to put everything into perspective, immediately reducing your stress levels and giving you a structured way to get through your workload. I love the satisfying feeling of ticking off each task throughout the day too!
Make sure you also prioritise your to-do list every day with a system that works for you – maybe it’s colour coding or it could be utilising symbols. Define your x 3 MIT’s (Most Important Tasks) and focus on these first, while your brain is feeling fresh.
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Photography by Holly Burgess / Styled by Beck Wadworth
A huge thank you to Nodi Rugs, Margie Cooney & Beck Wadworth for letting us borrow your beautiful spaces to style.