An average working person spends a lot of time sitting at his or her desk. Whether you work in a cubicle or work from home, you can be spending as much as 10 hours a day at your desk. The way you set up your workspace has a huge impact on how productive you are. If you work in an environment that isn’t conducive to getting work done, you really just end up wasting a lot of time. Where you work can really affect how much you work. Here are 5 tips to help you create the perfect work space for you:
Keep your desk clear.
A cluttered desk can led to a cluttered mind. Disorganization, in general, creates unnecessary stress and anxiety. Before you end your work day each day, make it a habit to tidy up. Only keep on your desk what you actually need to work on, in addition to a few personal mementos. You should file away or throw away any paper you aren’t using at the moment. This will help you find things much easier and save you a lot of time.
Get a nice, big monitor.
We do enough surfing, reading and work on our smartphones and tablets. Treat yourself (and your eyes) by getting a nice, big monitor for your desk. It will allow you to focus better, provide less strain when writing or reading large documents, and provide a comfort level that small screen devices simply cannot.
Decorate with personal keepsakes.
Even though you should keep your desk neat and tidy, it’s still a good idea to keep a few personal keepsakes on your desk. Something as simple as a personal photo is a small reminder of what’s important to you. You have a life outside of work and your desk should be a reflection of who you are, not just what you do.
Have a comfortable chair.
Many people underestimate the value of a good office chair but if there’s one thing you can do to increase your productivity, it’s getting a comfortable chair. You do sit on it for 8 hours a day. Having an uncomfortable chair can lead to back pain, which is not only painful but also distracting. Save yourself the trouble. Many offices now are also using standing desk, which gives you the option to stand or sit anytime you want.
Put your desk near a window.
Being near natural sunlight is a simple way to make you happier and more productive. If you can, put your desk near a window so that you have plenty of light shining through. This will also give you a little bit of a view, for those times you just need to stare anywhere but your computer screen.
What does your work desk look like?