Working from home can be a double-edged sword. If done responsibly, it could open up a world of possibilities. The liberation of not being required to present physically in a specific place every day could give you the chance to travel the world, pursue a passion, or simply dictate your own schedule. On the other hand, for many, losing the structure and routineness of getting up and physically going to a place that they associate with working can cause a loss of focus, discipline, organization, and consequentially, productivity. Keep in mind that the office settings are fined tuned bring the most out of you. There is even a branch of psychology dedicated to this purpose, known as industrial and organizational psychology. To really thrive working from home, it helps to have a specific work area that is conducive to you doing so. Here are 5 ways to improve your workspace:

1. Use colors to manipulate your mind. The color scheme of your workplace can have a substantial influence on mood, energy and creativity. Consider the type of work you do. If your work is largely routine and fact based, such as accounting, blue tones stimulate the mind and promote productivity, while for those that do more artistic work, yellows can lift the spirits and evoke creativity.  Here’s a great article on color manipulation.

2. Decorate to Motivate. You should use decorative pieces in your workspace that motivate you in some way, be that by reminding you of goals you set for yourself, your favorite motivational quotes, or things related to your work that keep your mind on track. Vision boards are a popular choice for office décor.

3. Don’t forget about lighting. There is no light like sunlight. One of the best things you can do for your office space is to locate it near a window that brings in a good amount of sunlight. This will bring your workspace to life and bring you to life while you’re in it. Still, this may not be possible for everyone, and more so, sunlight is only available during the day. So regardless, you will need to make sure your office has adequate fixed lighting.  Overhead lighting combined with a task lamp for your desk is ideal.

4. Use art to inspire creativity.  Abstract paintings and eye-catching crafts pieces not only add a personalized touch to any home office, but they also can get your creative juices flowing.  Art mimics life and what someone considers art is a very subjective and personal concept. Model cars, musical instruments, handmade crafts, and plants are just a few examples of décor pieces for your office. Try to find things that mean something to you on a personal level.  The result will be a home office that feels tailor made for you.

5. Don’t overdo it.  You want to strive for balance and splash, without going on the verge of clutter. This can be tricky, but your thoughts a reflection of your environment, so if one is cluttered then so will be the other. This is especially true if working with a small space, (in which case this article may be of some help.) There is an old rule in accessorizing your outfit that says, put one everything you want to wear, then remove one item. This is also applicable when accessorizing your workspace.