Your workspace can greatly influence the quality of your work, regardless of what industry you’re in.
Here are some tips to making the most of where you work to get you a few steps closer to your ideal workspace.
Tip 1: Catch Some Rays
Sunlight is a key component to an ideal workspace. Studies have shown an increase in productivity and alertness, regulation of sleep and other positive attributes in those who have an office that receives regular sunlight. Not only does the sunlight positively effect your mood and sleep, it also greatly increases your chances of being more physically active. In return, study participants have shown a decrease in physical ailments.
If you work from home, find a room in your house that has optimal sunlight. Experts suggest, however, that you should have your desk facing a window as this may lead to distraction. While this may be the case for some, you may find it easier to work while facing a window. Move your desk around the room and sit down in each location. This will help you find the optimum position that will be assisting to you rather than distracting.
For those of you who aren’t able catch some extra rays, there are options. Harsh overhead work lights can be distracting, headache inducing and downright ugly. If you have the ability to do so, turn off the overhead lighting and use lamps that mock sunlight.
Tip 2: Add a Pop of Color
A limited amount of room is no excuse for a bland workspace. One of the best ways to ignite creativity, is to add a pop of color. Colors can both positively and negatively effect the mind so it’s important to know what to look for when adding colors to your workspace. Certain colors, such as pale blue, are great mood boosters while florescent or bright colors and patterns should act as accents rather than main attractions. While flamboyant colors can create distraction and eye strain, studies have shown that dark or even white walls can be too dramatic or too dull in the workspace.
If you work from home, pick a color that appeals to you. Go for something that is pleasant, easy on the eyes and fits your personality and home. If you can, stick to pale colors and use the brighter pops of color as accents. Colorful paintings, flowers, accents chairs and pillows or a fluffy blanket are all great ways to spruce up a boring workspace.
Regular commuters aren’t at a loss with dressing up their work surroundings. Whether your workspace is large or small, little pops of color here and there can make a big difference. If you have a cubicle, try adding a fun mug as a pencil holder, bright pens, a small vase of fake flowers, add colorful inspirational quotes or wallpaper to the walls of your cubicle. All of these can be done in subtle but effective ways. Go with colors that will enhance your work environment rather than colors that will scream for attention.
Tip 3: Take a Walk or Stretch It Out
While walking and stretching aren’t physical enhancements of a workspace, they are, however, beneficial to your overall wellbeing. Your environment can be drastically influenced by your mood. A midday walk can decrease underlying tension, stimulate the brain and benefit your health. Studies have shown that a midday walk or even stretching is a beneficial practice during the work week.
Working from home can give you an advantage, especially when you work for yourself. Try to map out your day in a way that allows you to have scheduled distractions. Meaning, you should be able to get up and do a load of laundry or take a walk around the neighborhood. Make sure you do this during a time where your clients and or boss know where you are so they can reach you if something urgent arises.
Most workplaces will give you the opportunity to take a walk during your lunch break. Experts say it’s best not to waste time at work just because it’s given to you. Use this time to your advantage. Schedule your lunch break so that you have enough time to enjoy your meal and to take a leisure walk. If you aren’t able to break away from your work, you can do stress relieving stretches or even take a few minutes out of each hour to stand.