Small Business Diva

February 4, 2008

Does Your Working Environment Inspire You?

I was just reading a post at Annette Piper’s Under the Loupe blog where she proudly displays the picturesque view from her front verandah. While some may find it tempting to sit and admire this view all day, Annette says that she finds this setting inspirational.

This got me thinking… does your work environment inspire you? I must admit, I’ve moved around a lot – from the bush to the beach and now to the suburbs – and I can honestly say, my work setting does affect my motivation levels and inspiration.

For some of my work, particularly planning and some writing, I find I work better by the beach so I make an effort to get to the beach with my laptop on a regular basis. (No, I don’t take my laptop onto the sand, but I do sit near the beach or somewhere where I can see and hear the waves crashing). 

Unfortunately we can’t always work in the setting that works best for us as individuals, but there are things you can do that will help:

  • If you work from home and have a choice of which room to work from, make sure you choose the one that makes you feel the most motivated, productive and inspired. One where you’re truly comfortable coming to work all day. For some, this may be a room with a view, while others may be distracted by the view and be better off somewhere else.
  • Is there a lot of noise around your house, or noisy neighbours or traffic? If so, try to choose a room that’s quieter than the rest.
  • Make an effort to fit your main workroom in a way that inspires you to be there. Clear the clutter, decorate it appropriately for you… if you work best with soft music playing in the background make sure you’ve got music in there; if you like fresh flowers around, add flowers; if you like a stylish, colour co-ordinated office with no personal items around, visit your local stationer and invest in the products that make you feel good.
  • Make sure you have enough room to move and do what needs to be done. Working in too small a workspace can be incredibly stifling to productivitiy.
  • Ensure you have enough lighting and if not, do something about it. Lack of light can be another factor that discourages us from spending time in a room.
  • If you love working in a particular setting – such as the beach or the country – but this isn’t possible right now, consider adourning your walls with some quality pictures/prints of the settings you like and look at them often.

Those are just a selection of ideas. If anyone else has some ideas you’d like to share, please let us know.

Here’s to your business success…



  1. Very informative post. Thanks for that. How would you like to discuss business related topics on the all new business forum. So many members could gain knowledge from your business experiences and advice.

    Please think it over.


    Col 🙂

    Comment by linksubs — February 4, 2008 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

  2. Very informative..and SO TRUE! Any time I write whether it be blogging or journalism, my environment always affects my moods, progress, etc.
    great post 🙂

    Comment by Aya — February 4, 2008 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

  3. I must admit that I find working in my environment inspirational. I base myself in amongst my products and I find it inspirational as I can see the stock growing.

    Comment by Michelle — February 4, 2008 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

  4. Michelle, I’d love being surrounded by all your gorgeous products! I would be like a child in a candy store 🙂

    Comment by smallbusinessdiva — February 5, 2008 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  5. Thanks for your invitation Col. I’ve had a quick look at your forum and it does look interesting. I’ll have a better look at it soon 🙂

    Comment by smallbusinessdiva — February 5, 2008 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

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