Most of us spend a huge amount of our lives at work – which is why it’s worth spending some time and money to ensure that your work-space is as good as it can be.
Whether you work from home, or want to make the hours you spend at the office more bearable, follow these 10 top tips to optimise your work-space, improving productivity and enhancing your well being in the process.
Having the right office desk will make a huge difference. It’s important that your desk is big enough to cater for all the work equipment you need, whilst small enough to fit into the space.
A comfortable, ergonomic office chair is a real work-space essential. Not only will it help to ensure you can work comfortably and productively throughout the day – it will also improve your well being, helping to prevent common health complaints, like strains, joint pain and headaches associated with working at a desk.
A footrest is another worthy investment, which will help to improve your posture and take the stress off your joints.
Keeping your space neat and tidy has loads of benefits in terms of stress reduction, organisation and productivity, and it’s made much easier with the right office storage.
Pedestals, cupboards and bookshelves are invaluable for keeping your stationery and supplies in, and if you’re short of space, you can always invest in a desk with built in storage.
It’s easy to lose track of why you’re working and to become demotivated. Displaying a mood board that includes pictures that represent your personal aspirations and goals can help to keep you motivated and focused – reminding you what you’re working towards.
There’s an overwhelming amount of evidence about the benefits of living plants in the office space.
In addition to promoting a sense of wellbeing and reducing stress levels, they can also help to reduce pollution levels and improve air quality, making you feel better.
As a bonus, they look lovely – just don’t forget to water them!
If you can, having a desk positioned by a window can provide a real boost. Simply being able to see outside can provide a boost to productivity, and will help to recharge your mind and reduce stress levels. If you don’t have a view, a quick walk around the garden or a trip to the nearest park at lunchtime can provide a similar boost.
Taking steps to maximise natural light can deliver significant benefits to both wellbeing and productivity. You’ll also want to ensure you’ve got enough task lighting to complete your job. Purchasing an adjustable desk lamp that you can move around as the light conditions change will help to minimise the risk of eyestrain, and make you feel better at work.
The right desk accessories can transform your work-space. Desk storage, like a file holder and desk caddy will help you to keep your desk clean and organised, whilst a copy stand will help to improve your posture and minimise eyestrain.
If you work on a laptop, then a raised desk stand to elevate the screen to a comfortable angle will make a huge difference when working at a desk.
A few pieces of modern office tech will make your work life much easier. Start with a wireless keyboard, mouse and printer – the lack of cables will help to keep your desk space much tidier.
Small gadgets, like a usb charging station and stand for your phone and tablet, and a personal desk fan so you can control the temperature and air quality will make life easier and more comfortable.
Personalising your desk pictures and personal affects is empowering – and can deliver real benefits to your output and wellbeing at work. In fact, a 2010 study in London suggested that it can boost productivity by as much as 32%! Personalising your workspace makes you feel more invested in the space, giving you a feeling of control and ownership.
Author – Chloe Beevers