It’s already midday. You’ve caffeinated (and re-caffeinated), given yourself multiple pep talks, and can feel the minutes slipping away — yet you’ve barely made a dent in your to-do list.

Feeling unproductive seriously bites. But have you ever stopped to think that maybe your workspace is holding you back? We respond to what we see, and over time, it shapes our thoughts and behaviors.

Luckily, you can reorganize your workspace to create an aesthetic and energy that inspires you! Use these five simple tips to make your workspace work for you.

Minimize Your Surroundings
The messier your surroundings, the messier your mind can feel. Keep objects on your desk that have utility or purpose throughout your work day. The photo of your dog that motivates you, a candle with a scent that wakes you up, a calendar noting major deadlines? If they help you, then they deserve that real estate! If they don’t, clear ’em up.

Utilize Natural Lighting
Sunlight boosts your overall mood and well-being, which can only lead to more productivity. So open up those blinds and let it shine! If your workspace isn’t by a window, then invest in LED lights that mimic the effects of natural light. 

Go Green!
Small plants are so cute, but they can also add a touch of life to a setting that can sometimes feel lifeless and draining. Our faves? Succulents and bonsai trees! They’re easy to maintain and positively delightful to look at. You can also invest in some faux indoor plants to brighten up your workspace.

Take a Stand
Our bodies aren’t built to sit in front of a computer for eight hours a day. So combat bad posture and back pain, and lethargy with standing or height-adjustable desks. You’ll be amazed at how much better your body feels – and how much more you’re getting done because of that.

Desktop or phone notifications can distract you from the task at hand. Unless you’re waiting for something specific or the nature of an app is time-sensitive, turn your notifications off. You can check your email or social media when you’re actually going to engage with it. Without notifications, you can really dedicate yourself fully to the task at hand!

xx, The FabFitFun Team