It’s often said that small adjustments can have big impacts, and the same can be said about your work space. When you work from home, it is easy to get distracted or lose your train of thought. Therefore, it’s important to tweak your environment to make the distinction between work and home clear, and to boost productivity.
You don’t need to go full Google-style! All you need is a few simple adjustments.
Be kind to your body
Invest in a proper office chair and desk and pick your designated work spot. When you work from home it’s easy to just lounge away on the sofa or work from the dining room table. This will cost you valuable productivity time and your body will start to rebel – causing you additional medical expenses.
Cut out clutter
Keep your paperwork organised! You don’t want to risk losing (or spilling coffee on) important documents. Invest in a funky file cabinet or whatever storage unit you prefer BUT keep your paperwork in order. A tidy work environment also helps keep your mind sharp and focused on the task at hand.
Add some colour
Studies have shown that colour can serve as an instant mood enhancer. A better mood can lead to a better work ethic. If hanging a piece of art on a wall isn’t really your thing, then consider a colourful pot plant or a picture frame with your favourite quote or a memorable photo.
Let the light in
Natural light helps your brain to wake up, naturally increasing energy, creativity, and productivity. Open the curtains or pick a space where the light bounces off the walls/ceilings, hitting all the right angles. Remember to look after your eyes: switch a light on when it’s dark or gloomy.
You will be spending most of your day in your work environment. Therefore, it’s important to make it a space that you enjoy spending time in. Invest in the things that make you tick – personalise your space, and productivity and creativity will follow.