1. Your surroundings influence your productivity
Productivity is the heart and soul of a business. If you want to improve your productivity, it could come down to the structure and setting of your office. Not just the location, either, but the layout of office furniture and equipment, and the overall vibe of your office.
2. keep your space organized
If you're sitting in a messy area thinking about how messy your area is and how you should clean it, you're probably not getting a lot of work done. Think about this; when you clean your house or your car, how much happier do you feel? How much easier is it to go about the rest of your day? Keeping a clean and organized workspace can directly impact your productivity and well being.
3. follow ergonomic rules
Choosing comfortable and ergonomic furniture for your home office isn’t a luxury choice. You’ll be spending a lot of time in that office, so well-designed and ergonomic furniture is essential for your health and overall well-being.
When you're in discomfort it is very difficult to be productive and maintain focus, often resulting in poorer quality work. It is crucial to ensure your office equipment is designed to minimize body strain whether it be your office chair, monitor stand, or the height of your desk. This is often overlooked as they can be expensive, but when you think about it, your body is the number one thing you should be investing in.
4. wire management goes a long way
One area which is often overlooked in the office is a streamlined system for your cables and cords. This can seem like a daunting task as many of us use multiple devices which all require to be plugged in. It is essential to avoid draping extension cords from one end of the room to another. Not only can this hinder your workplace activities, but it can also pose serious health and safety risks.
5. natural lighting
As you go on viewings to consider office spaces, make a note of how much natural light the office receives, and if there is any way to increase or make optimal use of it. You could try positioning desks so that they receive a good amount of natural light.
If you have to set up in a windowless space or receive very little natural lighting, there are other ways to up your light intake. Artificial lighting is your new best friend. If you want to mimic the look of natural light, use full-spectrum bulbs that simulate daylight to keep the light soft and warm. Spotlights are also a good choice.
Using natural elements to decorate the office can also help compensate for a lack of natural light. Plants such as ferns or spider plants tolerate low light, making them ideal choices.
6. take breaks!
When you're dialed in at work, it's easy to forget to take 5 and go for a walk, stretch, grab a glass of water, or any way you can disconnect from your work and let your mind relax.
The mental and physical burnout from working for an extended period of time with no breaks can be more harmful in the long run.
Sure, you may get more work done in a shorter period of time, but taking breaks a few times a day can alleviate stress, eye fatigue, body strain, and enhance your overall well being.
Start a routine to take a short break from your work in the morning and afternoon, even if it's just for a few minutes. You will quickly realize the benefit of doing so!
Now you have some tips and ideas to get your workspace and performance optimized. Don't worry if you can't do all of these things, it's totally understandable! But if you do what you can, we are confident you will experience some noticeable benefits and habits that you can live with forever.
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