Looking for easy improvements, that heighten your productivity at work? Here I give you five easy and important improvements that you can make to your workspace or home office to be more productive and healthy.
1. Improve your posture
Correct posture can’t be stressed upon more. It is detrimental to arrange your workspace according to the proper ergonomics and anthropometry (Measurement and study of the human body and its parts and capacities).
A Low desk height can cause strain on the back whereas, a high desk surface may cause eyestrain and pains in the shoulders and arms. Position your computer screen 20 to 24 inches from your eyes. The center of your screen should be about 10 to 15 degrees below your eyes for comfortable positioning of your head and neck.
An ergonomic chair, laptop mounting stand, foot rests can be used to improve the posture efficiently. Or you can try switching to standing desks that are much in vogue these days
You should always adjust your workstation and chair height to the correct position according to your body dimensions keeping in mind the basics. This adjustment would not only lead to lesser health issues but also help you be more efficient in your workplace as you will be more comfortable while working.
2. Light your workspace appropriately
Correct lighting can improve your concentration and save a lot of strain on your eyes too. Opt of task lighting for your desk in the form of lamps or extendable desk lights if the overall lighting in your room is poor.
The optimum illumination for regular desk work is between 300 to 500 lux. Computer workstations, on the other hand, require a minimum of 500 lux. Also, remember to avoid glare and flutter around your workstation.
3. Cut the Clutter
A clutter free space promotes productivity and mental health. It is important to clean your workspace to get rid of not just the dirt that’s accumulated but also the unnecessary things that might me present around your workspace. Cutting on the clutter minimizes the distraction and help you focus. It also makes the space feel lighter and airier. Use a combination of storage solutions like storage boxes, shelving units, and drawers to keep your workstation clutter free.
4. Keep all office supplies handy and organized
It is best to organize all your supplies according to the usage. The things that are used more frequently should be placed on top or where they can be readily accessed. Remember the saying out of sight out of mind. Some of the supplies that you might be having may not be fully utilized as they are kept hidden somewhere or are too difficult to reach. Develop your own organization system for the office items like stationery items, files, electronic items etc. according to your workflow.
For example, you should keep your printer near your workstation on a table top if you use it on an everyday basis.
5. Place a plant
Psychological impacts of a plant can never be undermined. Placing even a single plant around your workspace is known to have many positive effects. Plants can help in reducing stress, increased focus which can directly boost your productivity.
The Fiddle Fig Tree placed in an Interesting Pot enlivens the Workspace
Some indoor plants like Peace lily, Snake plant known to purify the indoor air. To calm your sense at your workplace you can keep herbs that have a fresh relaxing scent. For low lit spaces opt for plants like philodendrons or spider plant. Cacti and succulent varieties will work best for you if you want plants with minimal maintenance.
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