207 | Creating A Functional Workspace That Lights You Up

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What You'll Discover In This Episode:

  • The Steps To Creating A Productive And Inspiring Space
  • Easy Ways To Enhance Your Workspace So You Respond Positively To It
  • Which Wall Colors Are Trending And Which Are Distracting
  • Why You Should Create A Vision Board For Your Space
  •  Tips To Minimize Undesirable Noises 
  • So Much More!

As I’m writing this, I’m looking around my workspace and I’m smiling. I. Just. Love. It!

I designed my home office to have a really clean, sleek aesthetic. It has light grey walls, white, contemporary furniture, and an abundance of natural light. Pops of teal and blue can be seen on a number of strategically placed knick knacks and wall art. Everything has a home and there’s not a paper in sight. The design of my workspace may not be to your liking but to me, it’s perfect.

I walk into my office every day and smile... literally. I feel inspired and creative there. Because I keep it so organized and have designed it to my taste, I’m also able to get into my zone of go-mode immediately and stay focused and productive throughout the day. I’m keenly aware of how my workspace sets the tone for my day and therefore affects how my clients experience me.

How does your workspace affect you?

Does it light you up?

Does it help you show up feeling confident, inspired, and ready to take on whatever the day throws your way?

Does it represent who you are in a positive way to your clients?

Or does it make you feel scattered, overwhelmed, and unable to focus?

A cluttered, disorganized, mismatched office hardly screams professional and high-level customer service.

If you don’t respond positively to your environment, you can be sure others won’t as well. From the color of your walls to where your printer sits, you must prioritize designing and maintaining a workspace that is in tune with how you work best and who you want to show up as for your clients and yourself.

In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I sit down with Principal Maria Viola of Viola Interior Design, to dive into what elements you should consider when creating a workspace so that it is functional, professional, and inspiring, makes you more productive, and ultimately, lights you up! 

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About Guest:

Established in 2005, Viola Interior Design, L.L.C. is an award-winning interiors firm on Philadelphia's prestigious Main Line and has been designing distinctive homes for years. Principal, Maria Viola-Kuttruff, Allied ASID believes in helping clients understand the importance of warm, inviting spaces that look beautiful and function well. This is done for each client's particular needs and style.

Maria received her Master's degree in Interior Architecture and Design from Drexel University and has taught extensively at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University.

Maria and her team have the ability to combine modern and traditional - balancing scale and proportion - always with a twist that raises it above the ordinary. With humor, knowledge, she partners with clients to affect change in their lives.

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About the author

Amber De La Garza is The Productivity Specialist! Amber helps small business owners maximize profits, reduce stress, and make time for what matters most by improving their time management and elevating their productivity! Amber is a sought after coach, trainer, speaker, writer, host of the Small Business Straight Talk Podcast, and creator of Leverage Lab®.

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