Ensure That There Is Adequate Lighting
Working in a dark room can leave you drowsy and out of focus. If you don’t have big windows and/or natural light, make sure that there is a good amount of artificial lighting to help you stay awake and productive.
Just like having a lot of light while you work is important, so is staying warm. The reason behind this is because when our bodies are cold, we’re more likely to be distracted and unproductive because our bodies are using a great deal of energy to keep us warm.
So, if your home office is cold, ensure that your thermostat is set to a toasty, comfortable setting.
Support Your Spine
Purchase a good ergonomic chair to avoid adding stress to the structure of your spine.
Some features to look for:
– Adjustable seat height
– Lumbar adjustment for both height and depth
– Backrest that supports the natural curve of the spine
– Comfortable seating
– Adjustable armrests that allow the shoulders to be relaxed
Only have items on your desk that you’ll need for each task. Once one task has been completed, organize the items away.
It’s best to not clutter your work area with decorative objects, as it can just end up frustrating you by taking up the space you needed for your work materials.
Use an Aromatherapy Diffuser
Invest in an aromatherapy diffuser and some essential oils, if you haven’t already. Different essential oils can awaken different responses within us, so it’s a great way of setting the mood for your day.
Sleepy/Low Energy — Peppermint essential oil
Tense/Stressed — Lavender essential oil
Unfocused/Uninspired — Rosemary essential oil (my favourite!)
Be Mindful of Straining your Eyes
Eye strain symptoms can include dizziness, headaches, difficulty concentrating, and blurred vision; thus, it’s important to take care of our eyes so we can stay focused on the task at hand.
– Choose glasses over contacts
– Adjust the brightness of your monitor to approximately the same brightness as your surroundings
– Blink often to avoid dryness and irritation
– Consider purchasing computer glasses to help reduce glare
– Look away every now and then
How do you keep your workspace productive?