While working from home has become a reality for many people, it can also be tricky. Staying focused and energized are key components for peak performance – it also makes it easier to steer clear of those household chores that may be “calling” you from the other room. Curating your home office environment to create the best opportunities for success allows you to “crush” those daily goals.
Adora Winquist, a modern World-Renowned Alchemist, expert in the field of aromatherapy, and Author of Detox, Nourish, Activate: Plant and Vibrational Medicine for Energy, Mood, and Love offers the following advice:
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Dress for Success
I have had a home office for over 20 years. One of the most empowering habits I have is to dress, and do my hair and makeup as I would if I were physically going into an office. It anchors my energy and intention to be wholly focused on my multi-faceted workday managing a team, multiple businesses, and writing a new book.
Try a standing desk. This was revolutionary for me. I was feeling tired, and foggy and could tell my circulation was really suffering from the long days in front of the computer. Now, I spend 80 percent of my day standing now which feels great. I love taking meetings, and interviews in this position of empowerment. It increases my focus and productivity and reminds me to dance once in a while throughout the day.
Integrate Elements of Nature
Connecting to the natural world soothes and engages us simultaneously. Adding natural elements to our workspace supports our own natural rhythm and flow. You can add plants, a small foundation, seashells, crystals, and aromatherapy.
My go-to essential oils blend to either increase energy and productivity, lift my mood when stress gets high or calm me back to center when overwhelming sets in (about 12 times a day).
Inhalation is the most immediate way to experience the effects and benefits of essential oils.
Clear Clutter Daily
At the end of each day, clear any clutter so you can start the next day on a fresh slate. Keep personal items to a minimum but do have a few special tokens that bring you joy when you gaze upon them. Change them out every once in a while to keep the energy in your environment fresh. Just like having a clean kitchen in the morning invites you to start the day off right, coming to a clutter-free space in your home office immediately sets the stage for clear thinking, magnificent masterminding, and cosmic creativity to steer the day ahead.
Every Friday or Saturday morning, I take everything off my desk to clean, reorganize and reset the energy. I dust all the nooks and crannies, and then clear the space with Clear Alignment which contains white sage and palo santo to purify the energy and keep the energy high.
Natural light invigorates, inspires, and engages our senses. It is a reminder to think beyond the confines of not only our minds but our spaces as well. If you do not have access to natural light, I recommend a sun lamp for a healthy brain and mood balance. This is also a great investment for those of us that experience (seasonal affective disorder) and SAD and notice changes in mood, energy, and concentration in the winter months.