Build Your Creative Office Space

by | Aug 3, 2016

There are few things in life that can suck the creative energy right out of you quite like that of a drab and boring office space. Homogenous rows of cubicles completely devoid of personality might be the worst, but generic beige walls and bland carpets are horribly oppressive in their own right.

What does your office look like?

If you’re a creative, you need a space that inspires creativity rather than quashes it!

Is your office filled with items that spark your curiosity, reflect your quirky personality, and that restore your energy, and nourish your soul, while making it easier to create?

Or do you feel your spirit die just a little bit more each day when you sit down at your desk?

Follow these tips to help you build a creative office space that works!

Let There Be Light!

What’s more depressing than sitting in the dark, alone? When designing your office space, it’s important to make it as bright as possible. Light makes it easier to see, which helps to prevent your eyes from tiring quickly.

Whenever possible, look for ways to increase the level of natural light. Natural light has many health benefits, including being a free and easy way to boost your body’s production of endorphins that regulate mood. Natural lighting also increases your body’s circulation  including those responsible for creativity and critical thinking!

In addition to natural light, bring more of the outside indoors by incorporating live greenery into your office space. Look for plant species that are colorful and specifically designed to thrive indoors and don’t forget to water and feed them on a regular basis!

Energise! Bring in More Energy to Create More Energy

As the old saying goes, nature abhors a vacuum, and so does creativity. While you might mistakenly believe that you will get more work done by shutting yourself up in a small space, there are numerous studies that show that creativity thrives off of the inspiration provided by others.

The act of creation is also an energising experience, so why not share your energy, and energise others? This way you each get the benefit of providing and receiving instant feedback for your best ideas and plans, with new ideas and innovations growing off of each comment that is given and received.

Pay Attention to Shapes and Furniture Choices

Are your office chairs comfortable? Does your office storage make it easy to reach and get to supplies, especially those that are used in your creative projects? Do you have circular, round tables and desks that encourage others to gather around and create together, or are there a lot of sharp edges that define territories and create barriers to cooperation and collaboration?

Take some care when selecting furniture and storage bins and make certain that your choices reflect an open office that is easily accessible and welcoming.

Make your Office Space  Personal

It’s important that you personalise your space, and allow the others that work with you to share in this experience, by filling it with objects and mementos that reflect the spirit, passion and personality of you and your team!

Including photos of your loved ones, and a selection of your favourite objects can help uplift the morale of you and your team and help each of you to stay focused on your objectives and goals. This will help you and your team to be able to create your best, and most original works, because these items remind you of the real reason why you are working!

Make Room for Fun and Spontaneity

Leave room for fun and spontaneity in the design of your office as well as your daily work routine. Consider providing a space in your office where it’s safe for you and others to unwind and have a bit of fun. The size and set up of your “fun-space” will depend on how much room your work with, as well as the personalities of you and your people.

Whether it’s a small nook where you and others can relax and recline and enjoy a book, show, or video game, you can lighten everyone’s load and raise everyone’s spirits by designing your office space to be more “fun-friendly.”

Most of us will spend over one third of our lives at work, so why not make your office space as warm and inviting as possible? Not only will you feel less stressed and more empowered, your creativity will also naturally increase in such an environment!

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I have had many a chat with Sophie on the networking circuit. Sophie has a strong profile and reputation within business circles and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to any soho needing direction, support and encouragement. I have a passion for educating small business myself and wholeheartedly support Sophie in her endeavour to actively reduce costs for those who may be unintentionally making uninformed decisions relating to business management. Many business owners are unnecessarily outsourcing tasks which are misdirected or can be achieved inhouse.

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Virtual Sales Strategy

2017-10-13T09:32:05+00:00

Gai Hook
Virtual Sales Strategy

I have had many a chat with Sophie on the networking circuit. Sophie has a strong profile and reputation within business circles and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to any soho needing direction, support and encouragement. I have a passion for educating small business myself and wholeheartedly support Sophie in her endeavour to actively reduce costs for those who may be unintentionally making uninformed decisions relating to business management. Many business owners are unnecessarily outsourcing tasks which are misdirected or can be achieved inhouse.
I’ve worked with Sophie as a contributor to Confessions of a Mumpreneur – a fantastic book that she dreamt up, edited and produced. Apart from producing fabulous books that help so many others realise their entrepreneurial dreams, Sophie is an astute business person who is making her mark on her own terms. Watch this space – I’m sure we’ll see and hear a lot more from Sophie Andrews in the years to come.

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2017-10-13T09:50:01+00:00

Jennifer Dalitz
Gender Diversity expert, Career Coach, Award winning blogger on women, work & leadership @ www.TheSheEOBlog.com

I’ve worked with Sophie as a contributor to Confessions of a Mumpreneur – a fantastic book that she dreamt up, edited and produced. Apart from producing fabulous books that help so many others realise their entrepreneurial dreams, Sophie is an astute business person who is making her mark on her own terms. Watch this space – I’m sure we’ll see and hear a lot more from Sophie Andrews in the years to come.
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Client Service Manager, John Sergeant Associates Pty Ltd

2017-10-13T09:55:05+00:00

Dianna Holwerda
Client Service Manager, John Sergeant Associates Pty Ltd

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Galmatic Pty Ltd

2017-10-13T04:16:02+00:00

Eleni Mitakos
Galmatic Pty Ltd

I was recommended to The Accounts Studio at a networking event and have been working with them for the last 2 years. The team have all been very approachable and available – two things essential when it comes to understanding your accounts! I now no longer have the stress every three months of getting my BAS correct and even better I have a clear understanding of where my company is financially! Thanks Sophie and TAS team!
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2017-10-13T04:20:03+00:00

Chris Du Plessis
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I have really enjoyed working with you guys and look forward to a successful 2013. From the moment we started with TAS I have seen value. The figures are accurate, you are accessible (and approachable!) and most of all – you are cool people!
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TV Chef from Better Homes & Gardens

2017-10-13T04:23:15+00:00

Fast Ed
TV Chef from Better Homes & Gardens

"Sophie is so professional – careful, attentive and punctual – she has made managing my accounts not just easier, but a whole lot less stressful"
Sophie has been a tremendous support and guiding light for my business. I have continually succeeded when acting on her advice and by using her services. Her products are fantastic and her ideas and accuracy is out of this world. I would never hesitate to recommend Sophie’s services and I would invite anyone to contact me for a referral.

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GM, Property Styling Online and BG Property Styling

2017-10-13T09:21:50+00:00

Belinda Grundy
GM, Property Styling Online and BG Property Styling

Sophie has been a tremendous support and guiding light for my business. I have continually succeeded when acting on her advice and by using her services. Her products are fantastic and her ideas and accuracy is out of this world. I would never hesitate to recommend Sophie’s services and I would invite anyone to contact me for a referral.
Sophie has the spirit of the Entrepreneurial Business Owner! Whether she is running a successful single family website, creating a product for small business owners or running her own bookkeeping agency she is always right on track as to what small business needs. If you want to speak to someone who not only knows what business owners are going through-she also does something about it- then don’t miss out, connect with Sophie! She is someone who can not only think outside the square- she has true strategic thinking; which is often spoken about but is rarely truly placed into action.

Sue Heins
Councillor at Warringah Council

2017-10-13T09:25:16+00:00

Sue Heins
Councillor at Warringah Council

Sophie has the spirit of the Entrepreneurial Business Owner! Whether she is running a successful single family website, creating a product for small business owners or running her own bookkeeping agency she is always right on track as to what small business needs. If you want to speak to someone who not only knows what business owners are going through-she also does something about it- then don’t miss out, connect with Sophie! She is someone who can not only think outside the square- she has true strategic thinking; which is often spoken about but is rarely truly placed into action.
Sophie is an amazing business woman. She is able to take the complexities of business and break them into manageable pieces for small and home based business owners to work with. She’s clever, creative, supportive and very generous. She’s the reason that so many small businesses are doing so well. If yours is a small or home based business then Sophie is someone you need to know.

Anne Maybus
Writer and Content Creator, Clever Streak

2017-10-13T09:26:35+00:00

Anne Maybus
Writer and Content Creator, Clever Streak

Sophie is an amazing business woman. She is able to take the complexities of business and break them into manageable pieces for small and home based business owners to work with. She’s clever, creative, supportive and very generous. She’s the reason that so many small businesses are doing so well. If yours is a small or home based business then Sophie is someone you need to know.
Sophie is efficient, direct and gets the job done. She responds quickly, keeps me updated and has a way of simplifying things and making my life easier. She is all about efficiency and that’s what makes it great to work with her, I highly recommend her to anyone who wants someone to efficiently look after their books and she is great value for money too.

Adam Dobson
Strategic Resourcing Manager

2017-10-13T09:28:24+00:00

Adam Dobson
Strategic Resourcing Manager

Sophie is efficient, direct and gets the job done. She responds quickly, keeps me updated and has a way of simplifying things and making my life easier. She is all about efficiency and that’s what makes it great to work with her, I highly recommend her to anyone who wants someone to efficiently look after their books and she is great value for money too.