An office is an important space where you want to feel productive but at the same time you want to feel good. Read all my tips on how to set up your office.
The decoration and layout of my office have been two crucial steps when I finished my studies. I didn’t want to apply to an agency and dreamed of becoming a freelancer. I therefore needed an adapted space to be able to work many hours in an environment that I like.
Photographs by Robin Ceccarini
How to choose your desk ?
The key to a job well done is a good organization. Whether it is a question of studying, carrying out a project, writing an article: a good organization is a time saver and allows you to be more serene. It is not only important to be organized in the way you work, but also in the way your stuff is organized. That’s why I chose a minimalist but well thought-out desk: I have storage compartments and a space to hide the electrical cables.
Decorate your desk
This brings me to my first advice : The desk should remain an efficient place.
Minimalism: the key to a productive workspace
Unnecessary objects? Put them aside! The cables? Cover them up! The extra pens? Put them in a compartment. The cup of coffee from the day before? In the dishwasher! The less things you have on your desk, the more you can focus on your job and the more you feel you can breathe. A zen workspace is the secret for a beautiful and productive day.
For the desk, take the ideal size according to your situation. For example, since I often work on a graphic tablet in front of my computer, I need space and I am currently a little limited. Think about what you will do with your desk to get the right size: not too big, not too small.
Choose the right chair
Let’s not hide it, the chair is the most difficult thing to find. Between comfort and aesthetics, it is not always easy to find the right balance. I always spend many hours in front of my computer, so I needed a comfortable chair. But, my desk is next to my living room so I did not want to buy a hideous gamer chair. I opted for this simple chair, pretty but very comfortable.
This pretty chair comes from Collishop. I discovered this site recently and it offers elements of everyday life at an affordable price. Right now there are some colossal discounts worth seeing. Take a look around here!
Productivity is a daily challenge: especially once you finished your studies and start working as a freelancer. No supervisor, no fixed schedule… Getting lost in tasks and not being productive can get quite common.
I have a very simple trick for that, which helps me a lot on a daily basis. I always have a paper sheet on the right of my keyboard with a pen nearby. As soon as I think of a task I have to do later, or when I receive an email/phone call, I write everything down. Little by little my to do list becomes bigger and bigger. When a task is done, I cross it off: what a satisfaction to see the progress.
Every evening, before I stop working, I take this list and write my to do list for the next day.
A to do list is the best way to be organized on a daily basis.
Then, I’ve learned to do only one task at a time. Writing an article and stopping in the middle to read a mail is now a thing from the past for me. I now do things thoroughly until the task is completely done, and then I move on to the next one. This allows you to stay productive and it gives you a better idea of how long the task has lasted. This is a great way to learn how to manage your time and plan your to do lists better.
My selection of articles
When I ordered my office chair on Collishop, I checked the whole website. I have made a selection of useful articles to help you set up your office.
- Bureau Bente Blanc :
- Chaise de bureau Ramona : 99,00€
- Demeyere Meubles Bibliothèque Blanco décor blanc Lg 40cm : 59,00€
- Present Time Lampe de Bureau Study Blanc : 19,00€
- Demeyere Meubles Chaise de bureau Square gris : 129,00€
- Machine à espresso Krups Mini Me + 12 boites de 16 capsules :
- Demeyere Meubles Bureau Thales : 149,00€
- Metaltex Etagère à livres Tomado : 99,95€
What about you? Do you have any tips on how to be more productive?
Article sponsored by Collishop.