How Successful Women Organize Their Workspace —What you can Learn From them

Have you ever thought about how successful women organize their workspace or their office? What are the things they have in common in their office?

I gathered some of the pictures of successful women and found some interesting things.

I look for billionaires or women who financially succeed in their lives, but sadly I found very few examples to show here. I also looked for artists who remembered today.

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is an American talk show host, television producer, and media personality. She is better known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is also quoted as the “Queen of All Media”, the richest African-American of the 20th century, and often ranked as one of the most influential women in the world.

Oprah Winfrey workspace 2

Oprah is often seen in his office or workspace and she has a lot of things in his office. From photographs. documents, magazines, and books to mirror. The office looks very clean and organized. Oprah also has some books in the office either on the desk or on the shelves.

Oprah Winfrey workspace 1
Oprah Winfrey workspace 3

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar workspace

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is an Indian billionaire entrepreneur and founder of Biocon Limited, a Bangalore-based biotechnology company. She was also the former chairperson of IIM, Banglore. She also received many awards for her contributions to the progress of science and chemistry.

When you look at her workspace, then you will get a retro vibe. She has an old telephone, desktop, keyboard, and calculator which you will not see nowadays. She has a normal office like other 90s people would have like you have seen it with Warren Buffet. But in the latest picture where she is in a mask, you can see she has the latest desktop with a high-quality webcam. You will not see anything fancy here.

Kiran Mazumdar workspace 2
Kiran Mazumdar workspace 3

Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi is famously known as the chairman and CEO of PepsiCo. She was also considered one of the world’s most powerful women. As you can notice in her office she has a simple workspace, nothing fancy to see.

Indra Nooyi Office

Jane Austen, Novelist:

Jane Austen was a famous English novelist. Her work includes Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Mansfield Park which explores the dependency of women on marriage for social standing. Jane wrote her books on her writing desk in her house. You can see a simple table and chair used by her. Looking at the image, one should learn you don’t need a fancy setup to work.

Jane Austen writing room

Virginia Woolf, Writer:

Virginia Woolf is an English writer and is considered as one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors. She was best known for her novels like Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, A Room of One’s Own, and more. She also wrote famous essays on artistic theory, literary history, women’s writing, and the politics of power. As you can see she also uses a simple desk to write most of her works.

Virginia Woolf writing room

Marie Curie, Scientist:

Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist who conducted research on radioactivity. She is remembered for his contribution to the discovery of radium, and polonium and made an important contribution to finding treatments for cancer. She was the first woman to win a Nobel prize, the first person to win the Nobel prize twice, and the first person to win two scientific fields. Here is a workspace image of where she worked.

Marie curie lab

Frida Kohla, Painter:

Frida Kohla was a painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and artifacts. Most of her self-portraits and paintings show her experience with physical and emotional pain. You can see the room where she painted in her life with her lifelong health issue.

Frida Kohla Painting room

Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott is a novelist and non-fiction writer better known for writing on topics like writing, family, and finding meaning in life. She also read an incredible book on writing called Bird by Bird, which offers advice for writers. You can see her writing room or as you can say her workspace full of papers, books, and desktops.

Anne Lamott Writing room
Anne Lamott Writing room 2
Anne Lamott Writing room 3

Some Lessons learned:

After seeing so many workspaces from successful people, I dont find any difference in setup with others. some elements may be different for different people.

Here are the learning from watching these workspaces:

  1. Everyone’s office is different in their own field from Oprah Winfrey to Frida Kohla. They set examples of diversity.
  2. You can find some elements common and some very different. Like almost all books are common. Some different things are from Frida Kohla’s painting room to Jane Austen’s only table and chair.
  3. They optimized their workspace for their own good.
  4. They dont allow distractive elements and try to place fun elements like Kevin Kelly’s Lego blocks.

I have also written a piece on successful billionaires like Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kevin Kelly, Steve Jobs, and more.

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