Updated: Oct 18
We all know that working from home is a lot more comfortable than working from an office. But what if you could make your workspace a homey, cozy place that also increases your motivation and productivity?
The Danish concept of hygge (hoo-gah) has become increasingly popular over the past few years, and comes from a Norwegian word meaning ‘well-being,’ according to Meik Wiking, author of The Little Book of Hygge. With the Covid pandemic and adjusting to remote and hybrid workplaces, well-being is more important than ever.
Coziness, comfort, and safety are the cornerstones of hygge. For many people, hygge is a way to make leisure time particularly special and relaxing. However, Wiking says “hygge can – and should – happen at the office.”
An important element of hygge is existing in the present moment without distractions. In a workspace, this can translate to increased happiness, focus, and productivity.
Here are five ways that I bring hygge into my workspace:
Do-it-yourself is a big part of hygge! I’m a pretty crafty person, so I love surrounding myself with my handmade items like crocheted blankets, woven wall hangings, and upbeat cross stitch images. I recently crocheted a variation on this gorgeous shawl and it might actually be the coziest thing ever.
There are tons of free tutorials and patterns out there, so this could be a chance to learn a new skill, maybe with a buddy, if you’re not already into DIY. Or you could support a small creative business that makes the kind of items you want for the perfect hygge atmosphere.
Take a beverage break
Whether working remotely or in the office, a beverage break is a perfect way to add some coziness to your day. It can be a nice way to give your brain a break in between work bouts – most people do their best work in bouts of 90 minutes. Taking a break after an intense work session will help you reset your mind so you can tackle the next bout more successfully. It can also be a moment to treat yourself and savour a special tea or coffee – hygge is also about indulgence. My favourite tea right now is this decadent s’mores chai. It’s pretty much a dessert in a cup.
Get some greenery - even if it's fake
Did you know that humans need to be able to see plants? Looking at plants can improve your mood, reduce stress, and help you focus, according to this article from Psychology Today. Besides that, being close to nature is a big part of hygge, and some plants can help purify the air in your workspace. If you’re like me and don’t have a green thumb, don’t despair! Looking at a fake plant still gives you the mood boost without you having to add plant care to your busy schedule.
Whether you’re at home or in a cubicle, a soft sweater or fluffy blanket can make a world of difference in your comfort level. Comfort is a basic need, and being comfortable in your work environment also helps reduce distractions and increase productivity. I also don’t use a traditional office chair – I feel most comfortable with my feet tucked under me, so I have a saucer chair piled with pillows. Experiment and find what works best for you!
Book a Focus Bubble
Hygge is all about togetherness. It’s possible to do it alone, but the most hygge moments are the ones you spend with other people. Even if you’re working remotely from your colleagues, making time in your day to “work together” builds friendly co-worker relationships, and the positive, supportive nature of the Bubbles is very conducive to a hygge atmosphere. If that sounds good to you, join a Bubble or contact Dawn to learn more.
I’m a full-time university student, part-time Focus Bubbles host, and part-time D&D dungeon master. When I’m not sipping on a s'mores chai, I love meeting new people, hearing their stories, and getting new perspectives on life. I love Focus Bubbles because they help me protect my time and do deep work. I can’t wait to see you in a Bubble!