Whether you realize it or not, our work environments are directly linked to our productivity levels, our daily work habits, and our ability to complete certain tasks in a timely (and efficient) manner. For this particular reason, it’s important to understand just how your personal workspace could be affecting you. Feeling overwhelmed? Try removing those 20 sticky notes that have been surrounding your monitor for the past two-and-a-half weeks. Feeling distracted? Try ridding your desk of unnecessary items. Feeling uninspired? Try incorporating bright and exciting colors that invoke creativity. If your workspace doesn’t encourage daily focus, organization and inspiration, it’s probably time for an evaluation.
There are countless ways to enhance your productivity at work simply by making small changes to your immediate surroundings! Here are five of them:
1. Clear the Clutter
A cluttered space means a cluttered mind, right? When it comes to staying focused on the job, organization is key. In this case, the term “clutter” doesn’t always mean having papers thrown across your desk, sticky notes scattered everywhere and a pile of random folders nearly reaching the sky. Sometimes, virtual clutter can be just as distracting. First, remove the items that no longer serve a purpose on your actual desk. Then, spend some time cleaning up the clutter on your computer. Organize your digital files into manageable folders, clean up your desktop to reduce visual clutter, choose a desktop background that motivates you to get things done, and keep your tabs to a minimum while surfing the web.
2. Let the Light Shine
Believe it or not, proper lighting can have a significant effect on your productivity. Adequate lighting can help improve your level of focus and concentration throughout the day. It also promotes better visibility, which improves accuracy and reduces the risk of error. Additionally, a brighter workplace can result in a more active and cheerful environment. Natural light is certainly the best form of light when it comes to increasing productivity, promoting health, improving moods and reducing stress. However, if you are unable to move your workspace to the nearest window, consider getting a small desk lamp that will encourage similar results without distracting your coworkers.
3. Switch Up Your Seating
Let’s face it. Most professionals that work in an office setting spend the majority of their hours sitting in a chair in front of a computer screen. If this is you, you may want to consider how your choice of seating may be affecting your productivity at work. If you’re twisting and turning every 15 minutes trying to get comfortable in your seat, it’s safe to say that your choice of seating is a major distraction and is negatively impacting your concentration. Your comfort is essential when it comes to staying focused at work. Stay away from chairs that do not promote good posture and initiate back or neck pain. Instead, choose a chair that provides adequate physical support and can adapt to your individual comfort preferences.
4. Incorporate Nature
Adding a touch of green to your personal workspace can prove to be tremendously beneficial for a number of reasons. Not only are plants aesthetically pleasing, they also make spaces more welcoming and serve as a great health benefit. Taking the time to nurture living plants can often initiate a much-needed pause in the midst of a very hectic workday. It can also help your mind stay grounded, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed by day-to-day responsibilities and tedious tasks. Additionally, bringing a piece of mother nature indoors has been proven to increase productivity, reduce stress and improve air quality.
5. Add Some Color
Research shows that certain colors positively impact productivity and mood, while other colors have the exact opposite effect. The best colors for productivity may vary depending on the type of work that you do. Therefore, when choosing the best colors for your workspace, consider what skills are most beneficial for your area of work. For example, if you’re a forensic accountant looking to enhance productivity, you may want to choose a color that encourages focus, stability and tranquility [such as blue or green]. Whereas, if you’re a graphic designer for a new start-up company, you may want to choose a color that stimulates creativity and innovation [such as yellow or orange].
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1. Color and Productivity Study: http://bit.ly/2eyzb6g