Entrepreneurial Secret Sauce- Using Interior Design to Increase Motivation and Productivity

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Interior Design Impacts Productivity in Business
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If there is one thing that every entrepreneur probably needs help with, it’s increasing their productivity and their motivation.

(Oh come on now, admit it. You know your motivation takes a nosedive on occasion. It ain’t all sunlight and laptops on the beach now ya’ll.)

I know because those are some things I struggle with constantly. Procrastination is a pisser and he pisses in my cheerios on a regular basis, the dirty little freak.

But did you know you can use a little interior design magic to fight back?

Who knew right? But it does make sense (at least to me), so when I read Jan’s post, I thought I’d let you decide if it makes sense for you too.

Drop your thoughts in the comments below if you’ve used interior design in some way to ramp up your motivation and productivity. And if you have a secret trick not discussed here, don’t be stingy now!

The environment in which you live or work has a direct correlation to the activities you engage in and the moods that go along with these activities. Interior design deals with creating these environments.

If you are trying to get more motivated and productive in your life, why not use interior design as a tool to help generate these states?

It is well known in eastern traditions such as Feng Shui that the design of a room or house can communicate emotional, energetic, and spiritual frames of reference that can have a direct effect on the work you do and the states of mind you experience.

It is hard to deny that this is at least to some degree true. The following are some ideas concerning the interior decoration and arrangement you do and its relation to your productivity and work.

General Spaciousness

On the most general level, an important principle is that spaciousness and good circulation will make it easier to work and thus promote motivation and higher levels of output.

A cluttered environment may tend to create confusion and a harried or distracted mood. (BGB note- So fracken true. You do NOT want to see my desk right now. And I FEEL the effect the current clutter has on me!)

Thus one of the first things you should turn your attention to when doing your interior design is simply free up the space. Begin by cleaning off cluttered surfaces and moving unnecessary items out of the room.

You may want to move all the items from the room if you plan on redesigning it fairly completely. But when you move things back in, go for an open and spacious feeling environment.


Furnishings as related to motivation and work flow depend a lot on the room you are decorating. In work related rooms like offices and studies, you might want to bring in some modern furniture that have a sophisticated and inspiring quality for you.

Things like desks, tables, and chairs need not be boring. There are many interesting designs and if you decorate with them, the sense of interest and intrigue they give can help you feel motivated and inspired to work.

A sparsely furnished office with modern furniture and minimal clutter is almost certain to motivate you more than a cluttered office with piles of papers and dull, utilitarian furniture. It will also make you feel more creative while working, which is the true spark behind good productivity and quality output.

Work Spaces vs. Relaxation Spaces

You will want to differentiate between work spaces and relaxation or recreation spaces. Good productivity implies enjoyable and rejuvenating relaxation as natural correlate. Breaks and relaxation time are very important for working effectively. They give an individual or group the refreshment and energy they need to do a job well.

This being the case, you should pay attention to the non-work related spaces just as much as the directly work related ones. For instance, you might create a relaxation and meditation room that is near your office and go into the area during breaks, to meditate or simply unwind.

You might even put a sheepskin rug or a meditation mat in the room to really help promote that sense of relaxed and cozy ease. You could add plants, ambient or innovative lighting, a fountain with trickling water, and colorful yet serene artwork to enhance the relaxing and rejuvenating effect. Fun and relaxing modern furniture like bean bag chairs are another idea here that is both comfy and chic.


Hot colors tend to produce excitement – they act as stimulants. The key is not to overstimulate yourself so that work becomes too harried and “hot headed.” Orange is a stimulating color that promotes warmth and energy. Red does as well and has been shown to actually increase heart rate.

Red also tends to stimulate social interaction. However intense reds may do this too much. Relaxing reds… reds, oranges, and yellows interspersed, or orange by itself are some good color schemes for an office.

For the relaxation areas you might use cool colors like blues and greens, but don’t get too carried away here either. Put in a few reds, oranges and yellows as well to keep a sense of excitement. This will help to connect the relaxation area with the work area and provide a natural balance.

Decorating for motivation and good work productivity is a great idea when you’re feeling stuck. Chances are you will be inspired and motivated by the interior design process itself as well as the end result.

Please make use of the ideas above if they resonate. But at the end of the day, the most important thing is to be true to your own sense of what will make you feel the most productive, motivated, and creatively inspired. What works best for you?

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