A key element in having a more productive work day is your workspace. Are you comfortable? Are you inspired? If you’re sitting at a cubicle with nothing but your computer to look at, then those eight hours a day probably move by pretty slow. Likewise, if your desk is not positioned appropriately, then any discomfort you’re feeling in your back, neck or shoulders could keep you from being able to focus.
If you have flexibility to spruce up your workspace, here are some ideas for making it a place where you feel efficient, focused and comfortable.
Pay attention to ergonomics.
Ergonomics is the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. Proper office ergonomics can help you position your computer, chair, phone and body in a way that reduces pain in your joints and helps you stay comfortable at work. Keeping your chair at a level where your knees are level with your hips, for example, and making sure your equipment is close enough to you so that you don’t have to reach, are two important ways you can stay comfortable. There are also other options, like standing or treadmill desks, that help with posture and keep you active during the day.
Keep it organized and clean.
It’s easy to let files, books and memos pile up on your desk. But keeping the clutter at bay can help you stay focused on one task at a time and ensure you aren’t distracted or overwhelmed. If you need access to files for a particular project, be mindful of only keeping files you need for that project. When you move on, file those away and bring out what you need for the next task. Likewise, keeping your desk clean and free of dust and cords can help you stay refreshed.
Make yourself at home.
You want your workspace to be an inviting place to meet with clients, enhance your creativity and make you feel comfortable. Add things to your space that motivate you or make you feel at home. If you’re a plant lover, add one to the space. Displaying posters or motivational quotes can give you the boost you need when you’re looking for some motivation. And if it’s possible where your desk is located, adding natural light can increase your productivity and better your mood.
Get in the mood to work with music.
There are some great playlists out there created just with focus in mind. Spotify allows you to browse by mood or genre, and their “focus” options include productive morning music and deep focus rock. iTunes also has a great selection of focus playlists — many focusing on classical, which studies show is an excellent genre for increasing work output and retaining information.
We spend so much of our time in work mode, why not make your space one that helps you be your best? You’ll feel better all the way around.