Research suggests that where you work directly impacts how you work. This means, whether you like it or not, the design of your home office space will affect your ability to focus, and the results you can produce. In fact, it is known to boost productivity by about 20%!
Since most of us are working from home, you may find that eating, relaxing and working in the same space can get a bit tiresome after the novelty wears off. Here are seven ways you can switch things up in your home office (with minimal effort) and say hello to a new wave of productivity daily!
It may not seem very obvious, but good lighting is the most crucial factor when it comes to staying focussed and feeling inspired to work. Even though bad lighting can cause you to grow exhausted and irritated, it is still the most overlooked and least invested in. The right home office setup allows plenty of natural light in, without having to glare at the screen all day long. Consider moving your workstation near a big window so you can reap the benefits good lighting has to offer.
Say goodbye to eye strain, fatigue and irritability!
🪑 HOME OFFICE FURNITURE
You know you need to invest in a suitable ergonomic desk and chair if you find yourself twisting and turning in your seat just to find a position that doesn’t hurt. Most of us work remotely today. So, if there’s a good time to invest in home office furniture, it’s now. Here are some quick ergonomic checks you should be doing to make working at a desk more productive:
1. Place the monitor at eye level. If your monitor is below eye level, you can always use books to raise the screen.
2. Rest your feet on the floor. If you find that your feet don’t reach the ground, get yourself a footrest.
3. Use an extended keyboard and a wireless mouse, so there is no strain on your arms and wrists.
When you’re working from home, it may not be easy to tune out physical distractions, but you can always try to work your way around it. Afterall, unlike in an office, you have full control over the cleanliness of your workspace.
Start by scheduling a specific day to clean your whole house. Then choose 10 minutes of the day to make sure your desk is tidy and all set for the next working day. Anything you don’t use on a daily basis should be put away, and anything you don’t use at all should be thrown straight in the bin. It’s simple and 100% effective!
You probably did not have to worry about wires in your office, but in your home office, you definitely need to. With a lot of electrical equipment at your desk, it’s common to have bunches of unruly wires getting in your way. Use zip ties or clamps to keep your workspace clean and tidy. If your desk is facing the wall, use the space behind the desk to place the wires.
As a safety precaution, keep in mind to not overload plug sockets and extension cables. Make sure to never run cords under carpets and rugs, as this causes them to overheat.
A study conducted by Takasago, a fragrance producer in Japan, found that typists made 54% fewer errors when they could smell lemon in the air, 33% fewer with jasmine and 20% fewer with lavender. This means that just like lighting and colour, our sense of smell also can affect our mood and productivity.
You can incorporate scents with incense sticks, candles or diffusers. Make sure not to go overboard. The trick is to keep it subtle and pleasant. Peppermint? Rosemary? Orange? Time to experiment!
Poor air quality affects our productivity negatively. It can cause headaches, shortness of breath and make you feel sluggish. But thankfully for you, your home office is already equipped to give you A+ air quality. All you have to do is open your windows and doors and let the fresh air in.
You can always keep a portable air filter near your desk or even better, get a plant! There are zero negatives to having a desk plant. They add colour to your home office, boost your mood and improve air quality. What a cheap, green and effective alternative!
We all need a bit of a change of scenery sometimes. Switching up your workspace can give you a new perspective and can add freshness to your work routine. When you are working from home, try to sit elsewhere for about 30 minutes daily. This can be on a different chair or a comfortable couch. If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, you can always be creative! Sit on the other side of your desk, get a lamp or rotate the pictures on your wall. If your work schedule permits, get some work done from a park or in your garden.
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