Cultivating a calm work space is conducive to productivity and helps fend off the stress that pulls you away from doing great things. Here are ten simple ways to transform your home office into a zen home office, and a space you love to be in.
“Love makes every space sacred and every moment meaningful…” – Barbara De Angelis
Your work space is a space to serve love, just like any other space you occupy. When you bring love into any place, that place begins to pick up that frequency.
The point here is to cultivate a positive environment that’s conducive to joy, and that joy will lead to calm creativity and moments of flow–where you’re fully immersed in your work, without worry about the outcome. That’s the space from which great work will unfold.
When you love the space you work in, work becomes easier, more satisfying and joyful, and a loving showcase of what you’re capable of creating. A positive environment begets positive experiences, and if you’re only able to create a positive environment within yourself, don’t be discouraged: that’s the place to begin!
If you have even the slightest ability to alter the environment in which you work–whether it’s a nook underneath the staircase or a windowless cubicle–these zen home office ideas can make a world of difference.
Here are ten things I do to manifest peace, creativity, and flow in my little corner of the world. I hope one of these ideas inspires you to approach your space with fresh eyes.
10 Zen Home Office Ideas to Inspire Peace of Mind and Joyful Creativity
1. Clear the clutter.
A clear desk yields a clear mind. This probably isn’t the first time you’ve heard this, but clearing the clutter from your work space can have a dramatic positive impact on your state of mind.
For clarity in your pursuit of a zen home office, ask yourself these two questions:
- What purpose does this space serve? What’s the ultimate purpose of my desk and everything on it, under it, and around it? Is this a space for writing, paying bills, communicating with customers, or all of the above?
- What no longer serves this purpose? What do I use most of the time, and what can be removed, discarded, donated, or organized elsewhere?
Clutter is a form of stuck energy and clearing it out gives you the space you need to produce inspired work, whatever kind of work it is.
2. Play relaxing music.
The soothing effects of music on our emotional and mental state makes it a wonderful stress management tool.
Scientific experiments carried out at the University of California at Irvine produced something known as “The Mozart Effect.” The research concluded that students’ test scores improved after listening to a recording of Mozart versus a relaxation tape or silence.
These studies show that listening to music improves learning and memory skills, perhaps because our brains use the same pathways for processing music and for memory.
Musical preference obviously differs with each person. I listen to soothing, wordless music while I write and more upbeat songs when performing routine or tedious tasks. Experiment to find your perfect productivity playlist–it might change your entire work experience for the better.
3. Get a Himalayan salt lamp.
When lit, these large pieces of pure Himalayan salt, with a bulb at the center, emit an ambient amber glow. Heating the salt with the bulb releases negative ions which purifies the surrounding air of allergens and pollutants. I personally love my hand-carved Himalayan salt lamp and this decorative basket filled with Himalayan salt crystals.
4. Sit on a balance ball.
A long time ago, I ditched the standard rolling desk chair for a balance ball. Why? If you’re like me and spend the majority of your professional life sitting in a chair, it can mean the difference between pain and freedom.
Using an exercise ball as your desk chair can:
- Improve posture
- Reduce low back pain
- Strengthen deep core muscles
- Burn calories
- Increase energy
- Improve circulation
- Improve balance
- Make your workday more fun
- Provide you with ample stretching opportunities
Balance balls come in various sizes. If the ball is too tall for your desk, try taking air out. If the ball is too short for your desk, try adding air or a blanket underneath for height. Sitting comfortably with feet flat on the floor in front of you, make sure your knees are level with or lower than your hips.
5. Drink warm lemon water.
The benefits of lemon water include re-hydrating your body and giving you an energy boost in the morning. Having a cup of (warm) lemon water sitting on your desk might make it a little easier to go to work in the morning.
Here are a few more gut-healing teas that make me feel all-around happier.
6. Use essential oils.
There may not be a ton of scientific research to back up claims that essential oils help brain functioning, but I’m considering the hundreds of years of traditional wisdom that does.
The most prized essential oils used for mental clarity are rosemary, basil, juniper berry, peppermint, and sage or Clary sage. Lavender has calming effects and lemon is an energizing pick-me-up.
Annmarie Gianni (the skin care line I love) sells some gorgeous essential oil blends.
If you’d like to make your own essential oil blends, here are seven blissful concoctions.
7. Connect with nature.
Nature may very well be the most abundant source of inspiration that we can tap into for clarity and meaning in our work.
Here are a few ways to incorporate Mother Nature into your plans for a zen home office space:
- Place your desk near a window (preferably on your side, not in front of or behind you) for viewing pleasure.
- Take short breaks for nature walks.
- Grow a living, breathing plant on or near your desk. I’m currently surrounding myself with all sorts of easy-care greenery and some silk flowers for a little color.
- Use nature-inspired office supplies, like these leaf ties for loose cables or these grassy page markers.
- Host a self-sustaining Closed Aquatic Ecosystem.
There’s nothing like a deep breath of fresh air to recharge your batteries.
8. Grab a highlighter.
It feels good to cross something off your to-do list, but I personally enjoy highlighting. Here’s why: You can still see what you’ve accomplished, which feeds your sense of accomplishment. Plus, it looks cleaner and you can use your favorite colors for a touch of cheer.
If you use a bullet journal, you’ll understand how a touch of color can go a long way in making your to-do list something you actually love looking at.
9. Add a personal touch.
This is your space and you have full permission to make it feel like your own, even if you can only make tiny changes. Pretty much anything can be chosen to speak to the language of your home and personality.
Incorporate your favorite colors to add personality. Blues, greens, and beige tones are soft and calming. However, if bright pink makes you feel good or orange sparks your creativity, then I think you should go for it.
Handmade gifts, a piece of artwork, a beautiful desktop background, a vision board, inspirational card decks, crystals, framed pictures, quotes or affirmations, and anything else that brings you joy is fair game.
10. Wind down.
Spend the last 5-10 minutes of your workday winding down. Giving yourself the time to clean your space and reflect on your day’s accomplishments can truly help you harness the peace within.
When you come back to work in the morning (or whenever you work at home), you’ll be entering a space that invites another session of calm productivity and flowing creativity.
- How do you create a zen home office?
- Is there anything you do or use every day that you would add to this list?
- What do you keep in your work space that brings you inspiration every day?
Please share your thoughts, favorite zen home office tips, and any positive changes you’ve made to your work space with me in the comments.
Share these zen home office ideas with someone who loves to work at home.
Make peace itself your goal, and your space will naturally become more peaceful.