What's the first thought you have when you are about to set up a new work space?
For me, the first thought I have about a space set-up is not about the things needed to fill the space - and here I choose these words "fill the space" deliberately. My first thoughts are generally these three questions which help me make initial decisions in setting up.
How do I want to feel in this space?
We cannot dismiss the emotional responses we can experience in or to spaces. In my work spaces, I need to feel comfortable and calm. There are times when I need to feel more energized and motivated like in a classroom or when conducting a webinar.
How do I need to function?
Sometimes I need just 15-20 minutes for quick tasks like answering emails or setting up social media posts. Sometimes I need 30-60 minutes to focus on writing or planning something Other times, I need two or three hours of pretty focused time to learn or complete a larger task. These are my normal function times during the day.
What will make me feel and function this way?
Setting up to evoke a feeling of calm comes down to a couple of key things. One of them is thinking about colors. I keep colors basic such a black, blue or darker colors. Choosing the direction in which I face to get work done is also important, more than I realized. Sometimes I need to face wall to tune into what I'm doing, so I'm not looking out the window or at other things. I also don't keep much on the table or desk except my planner and some pens, or if I need my ring light and headphones I'll have those. The space does not hold much because that creates annoyance for me.
Perhaps when you set up your new area, or redesign your current one, you will consider these questions to help you get what you need from your work space.