Where you work has a huge impact on how you work, your ability to focus (and stay focused) and your overall ability to be productive. That means the design of your office, whether you work at home or in a larger company environment, is of supreme importance.
According to some studies done on workplace and productivity, the most significant factor in determining an employee’s ability to focus is their physical environment. In fact, it’s been said that a well-designed office can increase your productivity about 20%.
Here are simple tricks that you can do to fix your workplace’s ambiance:
Lighting is one of the most important factors in staying focused and feeling inspired to create, yet it’s one of the most overlooked and least invested in. Bad lighting can cause fatigue, eyestrain, headaches and overall irritability. Make sure that your workplace environment is well-lit to avoid depression.
It’s important to clean up your desk and room. Clutter may help the creative mind create, but it isn’t necessarily helpful for focus and productivity. Just spend 10 minutes every morning or evening to make sure that things are put away, filed, organized and generally out of sight so you’re not distracted by it later.
It’s been known that colors around us can affect our moods and brain function. It evokes both a physical and emotional responses. So choosing the right colors for your work space has the ability to affect your productivity as well. For instance, blue has been said to illicit productivity. If you can’t change the color of your work environment, bring in items from home that are a certain color that inspire you and keep you focused. Use postcards, magazine cutouts, even just blocks of colors will do.
Bring in nature
If you don’t have windows in or near your work space, bring in pictures of the outdoor world. Keep a picture of something natural as your screensaver and/or desktop wallpaper. Take walks outdoors at lunch or in between major tasks. You can also bring a plant to your desk too, such as cactus.