No matter if you work from home on your own or are a part of a much larger office, you surely want to make your work environment as productive as it can be. Fortunately, there are many steps that you can take to achieve that. Keep on reading for some tips and inspiration when it comes to creating a workspace that encourages productivity.
Opt for the right colors
For starters, you should look into which colors are good for an office environment. For example, blue is a calming color that can help you focus on your work while green can keep you efficient and it doesn’t wear on the eyes. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a shade that can increase creativity and boost happiness around the office, think yellow. Then, you can also go for red if your work requires physical activity and energy. Of course, it can be much easier to paint the walls in these shades and add other décor pieces when working from home but it is not impossible to implement these hues into your little cubicle either.
Illuminate the space appropriately
Then, you also have to make sure there is enough light in the office. While you might not be able to pick your office if you work for a big company, being your own boss gives you a great opportunity to place your home office in an area that is showered in natural light. Natural light is a great mood and productivity booster so look for a way to incorporate it into the workspace. If you cannot move your poorly illuminated office, you should look for artificial lights that will make the situation better. Get a task light for the desk and look for bulbs that mimic natural light.
Use ergonomic furniture and equipment
To be productive, you also have to be comfortable. For that, you need ergonomic furniture like chairs and desks. A quality ergonomic chair will support your body in all the right places and prevent pain in your neck, back, and limbs. A height-adjustable desk, on the other hand, will allow you to spend a part of your workday standing, as you’ve probably heard by now that sitting is a silent killer. Furthermore, you also want to look into ergonomic equipment like computer mouses and keyboards as they have their benefits as well.
Don’t overlook greenery
In case you are not already familiar with the many benefits of indoor plants, you need to know that having some greenery in the office can help increase your focus and productivity. What is more, plants can also improve your health and reduce your need for sick leave as well as absorb some of the background noise and take the visual appeal of the space to the next level. With that in mind, you should consider introducing houseplants like peace lilies, spider plants, pothos, and succulents into the office. If you think you will not be able to take care of these hard-to-kill plants, you can also opt for stylish preserved flowers that will add a touch of luxury to the space and not take any time out of your busy schedule.
Decorate in an inspiring way
In addition to greenery, there are other ways how you can decorate the office to inspire you to work. For instance, you can hang up some nature-inspired artwork. If you’re an artist, you can make these yourself. If not, find a local painter that you can buy an interesting piece from or look online for some prints that you can purchase. Then, you can also display some photos of your family members and pets or your travel adventures if that is something that inspires you. Many people find motivational quotes helpful too.
Get rid of the clutter
Finally, a big part of having a productive office is keeping it clear of clutter. While some people claim they thrive in a creative mess, an organized desk can make it much easier to focus on work. So, if you work from home, go through everything and get rid of things you no longer need. Whether it’s documents that have been digitized, pens that no longer work, or items that distract you during work, it should all go. Instead, make sure you have plenty of storage to put everything away and keep all work surfaces clear. Don’t eat at the desk to prevent crumbs and wrappers from creating even more clutter. Tidy up every day once you are done with work so that you have a neat workspace waiting for you the following day.
Putting some effort into creating the best possible work environment for yourself shouldn’t be too difficult. From picking the right colors and properly illuminating the space to adding some greenery and decorating in a way that inspires you, there are many methods that will help you boost productivity in the office.
Jack Kewell is writer, science editor, naturalist, entrepreneur. He is focused on writing and illustrating books. Also, he is a regular contributor on mountaintechblog