Tips On Creating A Productive Workspace










Here we are with the first installment of #TechweekwithTJ everyone! When I revamped my site I also decided to do the same with my work flow. To be honest I haven’t had much of a schedule nor been good on keeping up with notes. I’ve been winging it for months and it was time to get everything back in order starting with where I blog. I don’t have the luxury of stepping out to my own office or a cool coffee shop everyday, if I’m being real here my desk sits in a tiny corner of our bedroom adjacent to the garbage can. Not my ideal “dreamspace” but I make it work, it literally is my corner of the internet! I previously had all of my makeup sitting on my desk which was awesome but left me homeless when it was time to work, the kitchen island is a dangerous place at wee hours of the night (all dem snacks). I decided to make a change, one to get my ass back in gear but two for overall productivity. I thought I’d share some tips about re-setting everything and it could possibly help some of you out too…


  1. Lighting – If at all possible try to create your work area near a window, the warmth of the sunlight is priceless and definitely helps perk you up if you’re not in a “working” mood.
  2. Candles – You all know I’m a huge Diptyque fan (blogger clichΓ© but who gives a sh*t)! I love burning them while I work to help set the tone. They fill up the room with such an amazing fragrance, not to mention the pretty packaging can later be re-purposed.
  3. Theme – The same way you have a color palette for your website it can also be applied to your desk area. I’m a huge marble, monochrome fan so that’s what I decided to go with. I think it all depends on your personality and preference. My desk might seem a little gloomy but it’s the perfect balance of dark & light for me!
  4. Greenery – Plants, flowers or cacti. Fresh greens can really add so much life to your workspace and they just make me really happy! I always look forward to my weekly visit to the greenhouse.
  5. Essentials – Keep all your stationary neat and maybe a few desk-side beauty items. I like to have hand sanitizer, hand cream, facial mist and a lip balm around at all times.
  6. Storage – Wether its wood, acrylic or glass you can find storage almost anywhere nowadays (even the $1 stores). You can even use old kitchen plates/dishes to hold little knick knacks. See the matte black dish my candle is sitting on? It’s from my kitchen and I spray painted it so there would be some contrast against the marble tile. It cost me $1.06 to do… bargain!
  7. Inspiration – By this I mean pictures or magazine clippings, whatever floats your boat! I personally don’t care much for photo frames so I opted for the clipboard method. I can change or add to my board without a problem.
  8. Electronics – Having all your equipment in one place makes work a hell of a lot easier!
  9. Desk – Choose something that will accommodate your every need, I strongly advise laying out all your items on the ground or using a table top for size reference. Always make sure to measure the space you’re working with so that you can purchase the right size desk. I have been using this IKEA laptop table for a little over a year now and I couldn’t be happier!
  10. Clutter-free – Yes it’s nice to keep things that make you happy but there is a fine line between clutter and sh*t medley. I’ve found that the less crap I have on my desk the better. You can get easily distracted and sometimes things can get misplaced, clean and clear people!

P.S. – Some of you have been asking about where to get the marble slab up above, Grecian White Tile @ HOME DEPOT $4.00 ✌🏼

  • Jasmine Harding

    This was a great post to read, thank you! I’m currently looking for things to add to my uni room to make it more of homely environment and a space I will want to work in – I love the idea of the black spay painted tray! Candles are definitely a must have, they really help my focus and seem to be a lot more motivated with a candle burning! Organisation is also key for me, I can’t work in a messy space! Storage and no wires everywhere for me!

    Jasmine |

  • Everydaymelissa

    Great post Tamira. I like a lot of what you said, however I always find myself in the dining room table. Love adding greenery to anything, it just brings so much life to everything! I love the marble tile, I ended up buying one at home goods for 12 bucks..its mainly for the kitchen haha! What is it with marble that makes it look so good! πŸ™‚

  • Mandy

    Great post! I think lighting is probably key, unfortunately my table is in a little nook and the sun doesn’t really reach it so it’s always a little dark but candles and lamps definitely help with that. x

  • ZAUNI.

    Your photography is always so stunning, and calming as well. I think it’s the color scheme you have that just gives the photos a relaxed, elegant vibe. I’m still in the process of slowing down my semi-nomadic lifestyle, so once I actually put down roots somewhere I cannot wait to invest in creating a wonderful workspace.


  • Jess Heart

    My desk is in my bedroom therefore I hardly use it since bed>desk. But I absolutely love the photography in this post! There’s something about the dark, black colour scheme that is so appealing!

  • Lena Parker-Duncan

    Love the marble slab from Home Depot! Home Depot and Lowes are great places to scope out textures to add to your desk but also to enhance your photography! Love the minimalism.

  • Aesthetic Filter

    I forget that the simplest things like marble tile can be found at Home Depot for cheap! Definitely better than home decor stores or online.

  • Angeline

    Love the tips, your workspace looks so gorgeous!! xx

  • Heather Mcknight

    I use the exact same desk! I had previously stored my makeup on the desk too (in a very similar style to you in fact) but I decided I needed to dedicate a specific space to my work. I moved the desk out of my bedroom and down into the living room and I’ve found that I’m a lot more productive now. Having a separate space dedicated to your work is definitely beneficial. I’m just working on the organisational aspect of it now, it’s definitely a work in progress, and this post definitely has helped!

    Heather, Porcelain Beauty xx

  • mirjam

    Great Inspiration – so simple & minimal, love it! Have the same table, but use it as storage for my acc, shoes, bags…
    x. Mirjam

  • Marjorie

    Love this! I’m really thinking about re-doing my workspace so thanks for the tips πŸ˜‰ Love the color theme by the way!

    Marjorie | A HINT OF ROSE

  • Blizzard Girl

    Love the pictures! I want a desk like this:)


  • Vanessa Buttino

    I hear you on the “less clutter” bit — there is literally nothing on my desk except for one picture frame and my iMac. That is it. I fucking hate clutter and I find that if I’m trying to work and there are things on my desk, I find it hard to concentrate.

  • Leticia | Thee Limited Edition

    I finally got a dedicated workspace! I will definitely be applying some of these tips! πŸ™‚

  • Emily Trinh

    Totally agree with number 10. A messy desk is a messy mind.

    Emily | Always Emily

  • Elise

    I love your tips on staying organized, my place is very small by now so I don’t have anything to work with, but within these next two years I’ll hopefully have a place with better space!

  • Ainee Beland

    Lovely and thank you.

  • Tessa Holly Sparkle

    I have the same desk! I often think it’s not big enough to be all that practical (with the exception of fitting perfectly in front of my window) but it certainly does the job and so affordable for how great it looks!

  • Suzy Turner

    Some great tips here. It really is important to have a workspace that inspires you. I’m lucky enough to have a really sweet summerhouse in my back garden where I do most of my work.
    Suzy x

  • coffeeslag

    OMG thank you so much for the marble slab tip!! I’ve been trying to find those everywhere but it’s soo expensive on every site. Definitely gonna go to Home Depot to check that out!


    COFFEESLAG Chloe-esque White Dress

  • Annielka

    Love this article! My office is also a stones throw from my bed as I am a startup. Wish I could send you photos of my cluttered desk and get a diagnosis. I wouldn’t know where to start. But thanks for the inspiration! Love the colour theme!

  • Ms. Shee Art

    awesome πŸ™‚

  • Carole Hallett Mobbs

    I now have total workspace envy. Going to pinch ALL these ideas. And tidy up Especially love the Chanel pieces, thank you for the inspiration.

  • Nayda Sadr

    I LOVE the case on the MacBook? Where is yours from?

  • Christina Basil

    Lovely workspace!!