Get more work done by taking the time to get your workspace right.
The workspace you occupy not only shapes who you are, it also shapes how you behave. By making some slight changes to your workspace, you can reduce your stress and increase your productivity. Here are the top five ways to make your workspace work for you.
1. Own your workspace: Just because you are given a certain area for your workspace, doesn’t mean you can’t put your own signature on it. London researchers found a 32 percent increase in productivity when workers were given the opportunity to arrange a small office with as many or few plants and pictures as they wanted. The workers given this control also identified more with the employer, a sign of increased commitment to team effort and increased efficiency. Personalise your workspace with things that will spark your creativity and help you stay focused.
2. Take advantage of light: The light of your workspace can have a big impact on your performance, with different light levels affecting you differently. This means a flexible lighting system is recommended. Brighter lights are best when your work calls for evaluative and analytical thinking. When it comes to our eyes and mood, natural lighting is the winner over lighting that is either too harsh or dim.
3. Add some greenery: Plants are the perfect stress relief for any workspace. Along with lower stress levels, research shows plants can also reduce office pollution levels. If you’re lucky enough and have an office window looking out to hills or a lake or even a few trees, you’ll also feel more relaxed. A view of nature is enough to recharge your mind. Aren’t so lucky? Then, head outside at lunch for a walk through your local park. I’ve even seen a company who offer Living Walls for Offices and these look beautiful!
4. Messy organisation: Surprisingly, having a bit of mess on your desk may help you get more done. While a clean and super organised desk may photograph well for magazines, it doesn’t always mean you will get more done. Especially if your filing system is so complicated it takes you half the day to find things and then reorganise! Research from the University of Minnesota found that a bit of mess could lead to more creativity. Albert Einstein might have been onto something when he said “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
5. Work with blue: The colour blue has been shown to ramp up innovative ideas, while it also evokes feelings of calm and productivity. A pretty easy way to feel more zen in a hectic office.
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About the author
Caitlin Reid is a unique health professional with qualifications as an accredited nutritionist, accredited exercise physiologist and yoga teacher. Caitlin is passionate about all things health and wellness, and keeps up-to-date with the latest health research, which she uses when contributing expert advice to health, fitness, lifestyle and food companies. She is also the nutrition expert for the Women’s Fitness magazine, the dietitian for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and ambassador for Papaya Australia. Follow Caitlin on Instagram @caitlinareid or visit her website.