room we use for the office gets tons of light which is not only great for taking photos, but also makes me feel more energized. Another important factor is having a clutter-free work area. I found a beautiful white desk from CB2 that has one slim drawer where I can store my notebooks and wacom tablet when I'm not using it. My husband is the complete opposite of me and it drives me nuts when he needs to use my desk. I know, a bit possessive but there's just something about a clean, clutter-free workspace that feeds positive energy to my workflow! What is your favorite thing about your workspace? All the white, clutter-free work space! And my giant iMac screen. It takes workflow to a whole new level! Is there anything you would change about your workspace? If so, what? Most definitely! We knew when we moved into our current apartment that it would not be a long-term place. We have been moving around every year and because of that, I didnâ€™t have much motivation to completely decorate my office the way I wanted. We recently found out that we will be moving to Seattle and it will most likely be a permanent place for us. So I'm SUMMER 2013
definitely looking forward to hanging framed wall art. And I've always wanted to put up a wall collage of inspiring images. Of course, I'd also love to add a white leather Eames lounge chair to my officeâ€ŚI am working on that! What tips can you share for keeping yourself as efficient as possible? If my office is cluttered, I get distracted and it hinders me from finding books, objects, supplies, or whatever I'm needing at a particular time. By having everything organized, labeled, and structured, I find that my creative process flows so much more efficiently. I purchase storage boxes from Ikea that are neatly labeled and used for storing all my supplies. Also my Ikea bookshelves are a life saver! I can't live without my design books so it's nice to have all my resource books within easy reach. I also collect tea tins and use them to hold markers and pens. Old stationery boxes also have helped me store stationery cards, stamps and business cards in a more organized way. I find the key is making sure everything is easy to find! What tips can you share for balancing work and personal life? I'm still working on this oneâ€Ś when my husband comes home from work, he wants
me to be off the computer so that we can spend some quality time without any distractions. I make an effort to designate "office hours" for myself and clients. I give myself an hour lunch break and also mini breaks within 9-6pm to walk our dogs. For me, working from home can take a bit more discipline to strike that work and personal life balance. I would say the best tips are to be disciplined, give yourself set work hours, and dressing up as if you are actually going to work at an office helps a lot! It's all about turning your mindset to "work mode". When not at your desk, you can be found... Either meeting friends, spending time with my husband, going for a run, or in the kitchen cooking!
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