Whether you work in a home office or share with others, the quality of your workspace is paramount to your success. For example, a clear, clean and tidy working environment with plenty of storage is the key to an organised mind, so if you’re always sitting amongst piles of papers, stationery and other odds and ends, it’s time to sort it out.
You’ll find it much easier to focus on tasks and will have a greater sense of control over your environment which can be a source of motivation in itself. Here are some other ideas to help you improve your workspace.
Bring in natural light
Studies have shown that the best type of light for you to work in is natural sunlight. Unfortunately, this can be hard to come by when you work in an office environment. When natural sunlight is available, it often gets shut out by blinds to prevent glare from obstructing the computer screen. Try to rearrange your set-up to be near a window if possible, but if not you might want to invest in bulbs and lamps which imitate natural daylight such as OttLite desk lamps.
Get a better chair
An unsupportive chair will not only be uncomfortable, it can have a real impact on your ability to concentrate on tasks if you’re always shifting and fidgeting. If you use the wrong chair for too long, you may even end up causing yourself longer term problems such as back pain. Invest in a high quality ergonomic chair or, even better, an adjustable standing desk so you can vary your position throughout the day.
If you are working from home and struggling to create a productive work environment because of distractions, a lack of space or the right equipment, you may want to consider looking for coworking space in London. There are several professional shared working spaces which are ideally equipped in terms of seating, lighting, and equipment.
Improve the quality of the air
Poor air quality can have a direct impact on your performance and productivity, especially if the air you’re breathing includes pollutants or allergens. When you work indoors for a long time with no ventilation the air has nowhere to escape to and will be recycled over and over again. All offices should have adequate air conditioning systems and if you work from a home office, consider investing in an air purifier to give you cleaner air.
Regulate the temperature
Being too cold or too hot is another sure way to prevent someone from being able to work to their full potential. In a shared office this can be a problem as everyone seems to have slightly different running temperatures and preferences, and then there are the unlucky people who happen to be sat right beneath the air conditioning or by the heater. If this is the case, then you can combat it to an extent by bringing extra layers which you can take off or put on as needed. Alternatively, you could invest in a desk fan or small fan heater.
Think about noise
Some people work best in silence while others prefer certain types of music or the gentle white noise of office activity. Whatever helps you to focus, find a way to bring it into your work environment. This could take shape with noise-cancelling headphones which block out unwanted music and replace it with your own, or even just to dampen the noises from people around you.