Your job is an important aspect of your life. It’s how you pay your bills and put food on the table. Because you spend most of your day in the office, it’s crucial that your workspace makes you comfortable and encourages productivity.
Any discomfort in your workspace could negatively affect your performance. Naturally, you want to keep your quality of work up to snuff, so creating a workspace that is comfortable is a must.
Here are 12 ways to ensure your workspace keeps you productive and comfortable throughout the day.
1. Adjust the Room Temperature
Sure, the room is quiet, but did you know that the room’s temperature could affect your ability to focus?
A room that is too cold or too hot not only makes you uncomfortable. It could lead to unnecessary stress, too. The ideal temperature for work is anywhere between 68 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Choose Colors Wisely
As silly as it sounds, the colors you choose for your office or workspace have an impact on your productivity.
Perhaps you’ve heard people say that red makes you excited and gives you strength. This is the reason some use red for workplaces that require physical exertion. Blue, on the other hand, can keep you calm.
While these may be true, it may not be as simple as it sounds. The way our minds respond to colors is a bit complicated.
Rather than choosing a single color for your workspace, think about combining colors. Choose color combinations that are pleasing to the eye and works well together.
Since everyone is different and will react to these colors differently, you need to design the space accordingly. So, if you need red in your workspace but don’t want the entire area to look too bold, you may balance it out with neutral hues like offwhite, gray, or black. Don’t forget to consider your personality when choosing colors for your space.
3. Soundproof The Area
If you’re like most people, noise could easily distract you and slow you down. Thankfully, noise is easy to deal with and eliminate.
If you have your own office, consider soundproofing it. You can do this by installing an acoustic screen. If you prefer a cheaper alternative, use a piece of fabric with a wool board.
4. Change Your Lighting
Many people tend to overlook how lighting affects their productivity. If the light is too dim, it can lead to eye strain and migraine, affecting your output for the day.
You want to keep the area bright enough that your eyes don’t have to strain, and you’re able to work comfortably.
Do you have a natural light source, like a skylight or a window? Make the most of it by positioning your desk near it.
5. Get Rid of Clutter
Clutter is another thing that dramatically affects productivity.
Before starting your day, make sure that your space is free from unnecessary things. Do you really need that Bluetooth speaker on your desk? How about putting it on the shelf, instead?
Will you be working on those documents anytime soon? Why not compile them neatly and set them aside, so you have more space on your desk?
Remove anything that isn’t related to work. Additionally, you’d want to clear out any clutter in your desk drawers, too.
6. Replace Your Chair
Poor posture is far more than a pain in the neck. It can reduce productivity levels as well.
If you’re sitting in a low-quality chair, your posture and overall productivity will suffer. Think about investing in a high-quality office chair with excellent back support.
Don’t have the budget for a better chair? Consider adding cushion for your back and buttocks, instead.
7. Add a New Scent
Incorporating specific scents into your workspace can also increase your productivity. Did you know that the smell of cinnamon could improve focus and concentration? Lavender is famous for helping with mood imbalances, which is a great scent to use of you’re starting to feel anxious during the day.
Similar to the color palette, how your work area smells can have a positive effect on your productivity.
8. Improve Air Quality
Poor air quality makes it more difficult to work and hampers productivity. It slows you down and makes you uncomfortable. It can also lead to respiratory issues, such as stuffy nose, chronic cough, and even asthma-like symptoms.
9. Add Plants Into The Mix
In addition to purifying the air, adding plants into your work area — and even your home — creates a calm atmosphere. Not to mention, they help improve air quality, too. Furthermore, plants make any space more inviting.
Think about plants that are low maintenance. English Ivy and an Aloe Vera are great choices.
10. Adjust The Height of Your Screen
A low-quality chair is not the only thing that causes poor posture. Make sure your computer monitor is at eye level when in use. Straining your neck to have a better view of your screen could result in chronic neck and shoulder pain.
11. Keep Healthy Snacks Within Easy Reach
We’re not saying to have a desk filled with sweets and junk food.
Keep in mind that food fuels your mind and body. Consider having a small bowl of nuts or trail mix you could snack on when working. Fresh fruits, almonds, and even low-fat jerky could help keep energy levels high without packing on the pounds. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day.
12. Put Up a Motivational or Inspirational Board
Even the most independent of people need encouragement from time to time. Especially if you work remotely, you need to find ways to keep morale high. A corkboard with inspirational quotes could do the trick. You could also find art pieces with motivational messages. Even a computer screensaver can do the trick.
When it comes to your job, remaining productive and happy is what matters most. Create a comfortable environment that stimulates productivity and you won’t have to force yourself to work and be worried about hitting your productivity goals.