No two desks are the same. To paraphrase Albert Einstein, “if a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, what does that say about an empty desk?”
Whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist, there’s no question that unnecessary desk clutter can impede your work. Today (with apologies to Einstein), we’ll discuss setting up your workspace with productivity in mind.
Workspace Setup Tips to Improve Productivity
1. Think about ergonomics
An ergonomic desk setup will make your day infinitely more comfortable—and might even save your back, neck, and eyesight!
- Position your monitor so that the top of the screen is just slightly above eye level.
- As you sit, your feet should rest flat on the floor.
- Your elbows should be supported lightly, and you should be able to easily access your keyboard without reaching.
- Position things you need (mouse, pencils/pens, phone) within easy reach.
2. Increase natural light
Not all of us have control over the light in our workspace. But if you can position your desk next to or near a window, it will do wonders for your wellbeing and focus—and plenty of science can back up that claim. If you can’t access a window, consider purchasing daylight bulbs for your desk lamps.
3. Make it yours
Personalizing your workspace is a great way to help you feel relaxed and more at home. Whether that means keeping photos of your loved ones or pets close at hand, hanging artwork, or putting up posters with inspirational affirmations—do what makes you smile.
4. Add some greenery
Plants are a great way to beautify your workspace. They also absorb noise, produce oxygen, and reduce airborne bacteria, dust, and toxins, which will be a comfort for anyone who struggles with allergies. Showy plants, like peace lilies, bromeliads, or orchids, will almost certainly brighten the mood. Be sure to choose varieties based on what will do best in your particular environment, especially in terms of available light.
5. Improve the air quality
Plants go a long way to improving indoor air quality, but there might be more you can do. If you’re breathing recirculated air all day, ensure the HVAC system is serviced regularly. Filters should be changed seasonally, and ducts at least once every year. A poorly maintained air system can worsen allergies and potentially exacerbate respiratory problems. Using humidifiers in air-conditioned spaces isn’t a bad idea either, especially during dry winter months.
6. Organize your stuff based on how much you use it
If your desk is cluttered with things you don’t use all the time, put them away. Save your immediate workspace for stuff you need and keep them handy. Organize office storage so the things you often use are easy to get at and stow the rest.
We hope this gives you some spring-cleaning inspiration! If you’re looking for more productivity tips to help you work smarter, reach out to the team at Business Workspaces. We’re always here to help!