5 Ways to Setup a Productive Workspace
Think about this for just a moment: on an average day, we spend about 8 hours sleeping, 2 commuting, at least 8 working, which leaves us no more than 6 hours to enjoy ourselves. Since you spend so much time working, it should be enjoyable. Your workspace affects your state of mind and plays a critical part in your overall mental well-being, creativity, and productivity. This article will help you understand how to set up a productive workspace.
Whether you are working from home, in an office, or a co-working space, there are always improvements you can make to change the vibe and make it more conducive to productivity.
5 Tips to Improve Your Workspace
Below, we’re going to explore 5 ways to improve your workspace, which will ultimately improve your productivity. You may be surprised at how easy these are to implement.
You Need to Organize Your Desk
This is critical, so you’re not constantly searching for little items you need during the day and lose your concentration. You can get a simple drawer organizer or even a few cups to place things in, and you need a spot for pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, paperclips, stapler/staples, and more. This way, everything is within reach.
You Need an Ergonomic Layout
If you are working at a computer, the monitor needs to be eye-level, and you should never have to look up or down at your screen. You can test this like this: if your arms are hanging at your side, bring your forearms up to a 90° angle. This is the best place for your keyboard, with your forearms parallel to the floor. Additionally, make sure to keep some screen wipes handy to keep your screen clean so you can avoid eye strain.
You Need Something Green
Psychologists say if you stare at something green, whether a wall, a painting, or something else within your line of sight, you almost immediately feel a sense of calm. Here are a few other things to keep in mind about colors in the workplace:
- Green is calming
- Yellow stimulates creativity
- Blue kindles your mind
- Red affects your body
You Need to Decrease Clutter
This one is a matter of preference. Some people believe that clutter inspires creativity, while others believe productivity comes when things are picture-perfect. You should do some experimenting to decide which you prefer: clutter or clean.
No matter how you feel about it, there are a few rules you could use:
- Create an inbox for everything that comes to you: bills, printouts, children’s drawings, etc. then, set up a time to go through it. This way, you do not have to stop multiple times throughout the day to deal with each thing as it comes.
- Keep a trash can close by. You shouldn’t be trying to sink basketball shots from across the room.
- Schedule regular cleaning times in your “office.”
- If you’re not sure about something, toss it.
- Integrate a scanner system into your work area
Photos and Personal Items
You don’t have to keep your desk ONLY work-related. You can add something on the wall or on your desk that reminds you of the important people in your life. This can give you the encouragement you need when work gets hard, and you start to feel stressed out, and it can put a smile on your face and comfort you.
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