Like it or not, there will be many days where you spend more time in the office than you do at home. And if your work space is in your home, it is imperative that you carve out a space that is just for work.
Read below for 4 quick tips to create a more productive work space:
1. Invest in a quality desk chair
According to a study by the British Psychological Society, the average worker spends 5 hours and 41 minutes sitting at his or her desk each day. In order to be able to make the most out of your non-office hours (read: avoid the chiropractor), invest in a desk chair that fits your needs. Test out a few, if possible, and when you find the one, adjust the chair arms so they are level with your keyboard and keep your feet flat on the ground (or a box, if needed!)
2. Incorporate greenery into your work space
And we mean real, live plants! You can opt for something low-maintenance, like a succulent, and reap the benefits without much work. Including greenery in your work space not only helps to circulate stale air, it also creates a more peaceful environment.
3. Clean out the clutter
There are few things more stressful than coming back to a messy home after a few days away. But when you leave your desk a mess over the weekend, you’re essentially doing the same thing and causing yourself undue stress every Monday morning. You can simplify your work space (and up productivity) by creating a straightforward organization system for your work area.
4. Set up an uninterruptible period of time each day
With the constant flood of emails, calls, and interruptions, it is important to prioritize an hour each day that is distraction-free. Block this time on your calendar so that your co-workers will be discouraged from “swinging by” your office. Naturally there will be interruptions that have to be taken care of during your designated hour; however, making a concerted effort to set aside an hour without distractions will seriously up your productivity. Use this time to catch up on brainstorm, plan out your week, work on a key project, and organize your work space!
Patrick Leddin, PhD is a sought after writer, speaker, and global leadership consultant. Patrick is an Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University with a thriving leadership blog and podcast, and 25-years of leadership experience. He offers an unparalleled mix of academic rigor and real-world experience.