Team Anywhere Leadership Podcast

EP. 42 5 Tips For Designing a Productive and Creative Home Workspace

av Team Anywhere Leadership Podcast | Publicerades 6/13/2021

Have you ever wondered how to make your workspace more effective and more tailored to your individual ambition?  On today’s podcast we are delighted to have Susan Meier, a branding genius and acclaimed artist, and Hallie Burton, a world renowned lifestyle photographer. Together they created  Workspace Studio, a website featuring the world’s most beautiful and productive workspaces.  They share with us how to develop your home workspace so that it reflects who you are, emboldens your productivity, and enhances your creativity.Many people are being much kinder to themselves when it comes to designing their home workspace compared to their office. Most of us weren’t allowed to fully make our work space represent ourselves in the office. Working from home is a different experience because you have full control of creating a space that compliments you, your needs, and your expression. It’s a place where you can feel the most comfortable.#1 Get Creative in Creating a Room of Your OwnMany people who work from home struggle to find a way to create a room of their own. With the onset of the pandemic, our homes went from the places that we leave in the morning, to the places we stay at and use all day and night. Most people don’t have a dedicated home office, making it even more difficult to find this room of their own. Even if it's not an actual room, do your best to get creative. Figure out where you can create, carve out, or re imagine that space where you can close the door and form a physical boundary that shows you are working. Establishing this room of your own allows for physical privacy, and both surface and wall space. #2 Make Organization MobileBeing organized inside your home workspace can be a real challenge, especially if you’re sharing that space with different people and for different activities throughout the day. For example, you may be using your kitchen table as your desk during the day and then have to transition to clearing the surface for dinner making in the evening.In situations like this, Hallie and Susan recommend creating a work tote. The work tote is a mobile organizer that you can take to the space you need to work and move around as needed. #3 Keep it SimpleKeep your workspace simple, even if that means spending 15-30 minutes at the beginning and end of your day to simplify your workspace. Organization and simplicity allows you to be more flexible, open and creative. #4 Personalization is KeyPersonalizing your space creates a portrait of you. Use small, meaningful items such as artifacts or mementos to ground you and provide talking topics in Zoom meetings.  Think about adding items that have meaningful stories for you. For example, a special seashell from a special trip, pictures of your family, or a wood carving made for you can add meaningful richness to your environment. These items are reflections of you and should be key elements inside your home workspace. Another idea that can help you personalize your workspace is adding things that will help improve your ability to work, foster a creative zone, or provide a spot to rest. For example, Hallie loves having a thermal mug warmer because drinking tea is an important ritual in her working day.#5 Add Nature ElementsHallie and Susan recommend that most workplaces contain greenery. You can add natural elements into your workspace such as flowers, leaves, and succulents. Adding elements of nature helps create a relaxing atmosphere.  See the full summary here:

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Team Anywhere’s mission is to uncover Leaders on the Front Lines that are building teams and cultures where the majority of the workers are dispersed throughout the city, state, country, or world. We explore how these remote leaders foster engagement through trust, authenticity, and a sense of community. Ultimately, we are uncovering the new skills and practices that leaders must take on to connect, inspire, and transform their teams to compete in the new dispersed global economy.