I’ve written a couple of articles outlining the major steps to home office organization in the past. Read about initial home office setup and design here and about micro-steps to corralling all that overwhelming clutter here. But there’s so much more to working smart outside of the cubicle-land grind.
If your home office setup, design, color, location, and environment doesn’t provide you with inspiration that speaks to the creative self, you need to fix it – pronto. It should reflect your true self, your values, your mojo – that certain something that you have to offer others that no one else can. It should serve as your creative soul food.
Perspiration + Inspiration = Satisfying and Lasting Success
Recently, home office organization expert, Lisa Kanarek of WorkingNaked.com, penned a guest post for Michelle Shaeffer’s popular site that focuses on “building your visibility, voice, and community online”. In the post, Kanarek talks about creating an inspirational workspace at home that not only reflects your personal interests, but also offers an environment that’s free of distractions.
“What I don’t miss about a corporate office is having a standard-issue office that looks the same as everyone else’s office,” says Kanarek. She goes on to describe the mind-numbing sameness in corporate office décor.
I have to agree with her on this point, wholeheartedly.
The majority of my corporate life was spent outside of the physical office. I traveled quite a bit for my IT consulting position and as a pharmaceutical rep, I only showed up at headquarters (which was located in another state) for training purposes. But, I do remember the drab impersonal look of all the cubicles and even the executive offices. Even a number crunching accountant or financial planner needs a little creative inspiration on occasion to produce his best work and this Orwellian, 1984-esque interior design that’s so prevalent in the corporate world just doesn’t cut it.
After all, one of the reasons you chose to work from home was most likely so you could work on what you wanted, when you wanted, and how you wanted. You took the plunge and now you hold the esteemed title of CEO. Take charge of your working environment and add a little creativity and inspiration to your home office space. Read more about what Kanarek has to say about creating the perfect inspirational home office space here.
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