“What you are will show in what you do.” – Thomas Edison
Whether you’re heading back to school after the summer or just planning to finally declutter your desk in your home office, a workspace that’s both functional and pleasing to the eye is what will set you up for optimal productivity when it’s time to get down to work.
As a yogi, weaving hints of nature, self-love, and oneness into your workspace can help you get focused and sustain your workflow as you work. A workspace that looks dull and dreary in a way that reminds you of the drudgery of work is no way to set yourself up for success.
Here’s are a few beautiful, yogi-inspired ideas to dress up your workspace. Take these ideas and customize them the way you like!
Add a Plant or Two
Besides the fact that houseplants are welcoming little pieces of nature from the outside that can offer a calming effect, research has actually shown that workers who keep flowers or plants on their desks experience improved concentration and task performance. Pretty neat, right? Take it a step further by choosing a plant that purifies the air — like the snake plant, the Boston fern, or the peace lily.
Charge It Up With Crystals
If you’re interested in harnessing the healing powers of crystals, keeping one on your desk is an easy way to do just that. Sodalite is great for boosting creativity while hematite can help you focus on your work. If prosperity is more along the lines of what you’re looking for, try a tiger’s eye for attracting profits or citrine for a promotion.
Use Colors of Abundance
If you know anything about the art of Feng Shui, then you know that there are quite a few dos and don’ts to follow when it comes to interior design. An easy way incorporate Feng Shui design into your workspace is by picking a color theme that attracts abundance. Purple, gold, green and red are colors of abundance, so try adding a green mousepad here or a gold stationary holder there.
Stimulate the Mind With Scents
Essential oils like lemon, cypress, peppermint and several others have long been used to help people stay focused and alert. Using an essential oil diffuser, try combining some oils to boost your mind power. Go for 3 drops of rosemary plus 2 drops of lemon — or 4 drops of cypress and 1 drop of peppermint. Make sure you handle them safely to prevent accidents!
Keep It Minimal
Last but not least, don’t go overboard on recreating your workspace. Yogi philosophy teaches us to let go of attachment to things, which we often fall into when we unconsciously think that we need things outside of ourselves to fulfill us. There’s nothing wrong with using decorative accessories to authentically express yourself or to help you work, but anything unnecessary should be removed.
Bonus tip: If you can put your workspace near a window, the added benefit of an outdoor view and natural light can give you a serious inspirational boost. If not, that’s okay — stick to the desk plants and maybe consider adding a framed piece of art picturing a gorgeous green landscape or some ocean waves rolling up on a beach!
Image (edited) via Sean Hobson