Our working environment can have a massive impact on our productivity and on how much we enjoy our work. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your desktop workspace is well planned. In short, it should be a place where you enjoy being. Here are seven ways you can make your desktop workplace the ideal environment for work and leisure.
7. Modernise Your Monitor
If you haven’t already invested in a flat screen monitor, this should be your first goal. Using an old CRT won’t leave you any space to organise. Flat screen monitors are cheaper than ever and can make a massive difference to the quality of your workspace. What’s more, if you need more visual workspace, you can connect two or more flat screens to your desktop computer.
There are few things worse than sitting down to a pressing job with your workspace in disarray. If there are scraps of paper, books, assorted stationary, wires and disks cluttering up your desktop, it’s time to get minimalist. Give it all a home. Install drawers, shelving and cabinets. Clutter only reminds us of the things we have yet to do. Once clutter has been eliminated, your productivity will soar. It’s even been shown that employers are more likely to promote someone with a tidier workspace.
5. Try Your Hand At Interior Design
To feel comfortable in your workspace, redecorate with colours that make you feel relaxed and inspired. Bright colours stimulate more than dull ones. Use two that work well together, such as red and yellow. It’s also been shown that contrasting colours, such as red and green, can improve creativity. Don’t forget to accessorise. Pieces of art can influence mood, while mirrors add a sense of space.
Add some real life to your work environment with a plant. Don’t plump for anything artificial. Living plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, converting a stuffy home office into somewhere that’s full of life and air. If you have a good source of natural light try something useful and exotic, such as a chilli plant. Or, a plant with a stimulating aroma, such as lavender.
3. Light Up Your Life
Lighting is crucial in any workspace. Make sure yours is suitable for the type of work you do. Lighting can also have a huge affect on mood, so it’s a good idea to install several light sources (ideally with dimmer switches) that can be customised to match work or leisure.
2. Take A Seat
You’ll be spending most of your working day in it, so the chair you use is vitally important. This is one area in which it is definitely worth paying a bit more for comfort. Don’t simply grab a chair from the dining table. Invest in a decent office chair to boost your productivity.
1. Personalise Your Workspace.
A photograph or memento from a special occasion, such as a loved one, a holiday or other event serves to remind us as to why we are toiling away in our workspaces. For variety, try adding a digital frame to a USB port.
Follow these 7 tips for improving your desktop workspace and you’ll be on your way to a more productive, cleaner and clutter free environment that’s ideal for work and leisure.