In this article, we are going to look at the best ways to optimise your work space and how to see instant improvements.
Have you found that you get easily distracted or have you discovered that working from home isn’t what you imagined it would be?
Your work space could be to blame.
Whether working at home is a new experience for you, or whether you are a seasoned home-worker, there are still many ways that you can improve your work space to maximise productivity and increase success.
Here are 5 ways that you can optimise your space:
Keep it clean
Not only is it bad for your health to have a mouldy coffee cup sitting on your desk, it is also better for your mental wellbeing to have an overall clean workspace.
Keeping surfaces clean reduces the spread of bacteria and viruses, and also will improve the general air quality in your office.
Avoid keeping food and drink near your desk as well; this could result in a spillage, and the last thing you’ll want is a keyboard that doesn’t work because you spilt tea over it!
Use storage to stay tidy
Some people have the luxury of a large office space, whereas others might have to share a small study. No matter what your situation, decluttering is essential.
Take some time to organise your paperwork; store, file, recycle and shred where possible, and you will free up space in your office and your mind.
Labelled and colour coded cabinets, shelves, files, boxes and drawers will create a more organised office space, and will still allow you easy access to any necessary items.
Choose the right colours
Colours can affect us psychologically, and there are many different options – each affecting different people in a variety of ways.
Blue is commonly known as the most “productive” colour, whereas yellow has been known to spark creativity.
Alternatively, if your job is stressful, green can be calming.
Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer here: choose a colour that gives you the right amount of stimulation without too much distraction and optimise your work space.
Make yourself comfortable
Now that your space is clutter free, it is time to look at your comfort. If you’re going to sit at a desk all day, it is worth investing in an office chair that supports your back.
In terms of ergonomic furniture, it is vital to adjust your space so that your body is supported for long periods of time.
Find the right chair, adjust your monitor angle, and make sure your knees are a right angle to the floor to avoid long term muscle or joint problems.
Plants and lighting are key to optimise your work space
Try and get as much natural light as possible in your home office. This will keep you happy and alert.
Additionally, plants can help improve the quality of the air in your office to maximise your productivity.
There are plenty of low maintenance plants that can not only brighten up the space, but also require very little care.
With some very simple adjustments you can optimise your work space and maximise your business or job success rate!
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