How to make your study décor more productive

Time is up. A report for work, an assignment for uni, planning your week. They’re not really tasks that fill the heart with glee. As you sit there with a laptop, pen, paper and anything else that makes you feel productive, you can’t help but wonder if that ambiguous pile of paper has been touched since 2005. And were those marks on the wall always there?

For many of us, we could use a little mental stimulation to help us in our work. A literature review by the New York Academy of Sciences looked at the impact of nature experience on human cognition and mental wellbeing. They found that nature has a positive effect on measures of concentration and mood. Whatever your to-do list, we’ve got some tips to bring the outdoors in and make the most of both your space and your mind. So whether you’ve got a whole room or a kitchen table, let’s give you the décor equivalent of a pot of tea, and a breath of fresh air...

The Walls
Two tone walls are having a major comeback for 2019. If you’re going to trial the partially painted wall, the rule of thirds is a staple of visual composition.

Amp up the micro-experience value with a vibrant, jungle inspired wallpaper as the perfect way to bring some mind-calming effects of creation (without the stress of trying to keep a real plant alive).

The Frames
Anything we look at is part of our visual landscape. So there’s plenty of opportunity to tweak it to your advantage and introduce a calming taste of creation, simply by adding a few prints or photos to your workspace.

The Organisation
It’s no secret that endless clutter is not a friend of productivity. However, being clutter-free doesn’t have to mean that your space becomes sterile. Consider some carefully curated accessories that won’t get in the way of your workflow, items that will bring you joy without distracting you from the task at hand. For example, a favourite travel souvenir or a note from a loved one could be the little energy boost you need to get cracking on a difficult task.

The Scent
If you’re not sold on the visuals, get your concentration boost via the nose. Scents like lemon, lavender and jasmine are the top choices for productivity and concentration. Your candle obsession can now thrive under the premise of contributing to the completion of your to-do list.

The Accessories
A nature-theme means every outdoor adventure is an opportunity. The mind recognises the positive impact of time spent outdoors on improving mental wellbeing. Researchers suggest exploring the great outdoors for pieces of nature that can decorate the home; dried seed pods, bark, flowers, pebbles. Grab a vase and you’re good to go.

Tips for Organisation & Productivity
Keep essentials close by. A drawer system built into your desk minimises distraction of having to go searching for papers you need. De-clutter little and often. It’s less daunting to bin a single piece of paper than three years of notes, unwanted receipts, and letters. Leave your phone in another room. Trust us, Insta will still be there in a couple of hours. Take things one step at a time. Big tasks can be overwhelming, so breaking things down can be a game-changer. Keep a big bottle of water on your desk. Try adding lemon and raspberry to freshen things up. #hydrationiskey