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Boost Your Work Efficiency With These 5 Workspace Tips

by | Nov 19, 2018 | Blog, Work & Productivity

Did you know your environment can make or break your work efficiency?

Whether you work from home, remotely or in a company office, your physical environment influences your productivity and happiness more than you think.

Let’s find out what your workspace has to do with your work productivity. As a bonus, we’re sharing our top 5 work efficiency tips to create an enjoyable workspace and help with your ability to focus.

Here are a few tips to help you plan your workspace makeover.

1. Pay attention to your senses

Your senses play a major role in your ability to be productive at work. What you can see, hear, feel, and smell can dramatically disturb or elevate your mood.

Noise

For example, if you’re someone who works best in a quiet environment, consider investing in a pair of noise-canceling headphones. You can play your favorite tunes while getting important things off your list.

If you’re a fan of complete silence, find a quiet corner that can get you in the right mind to focus. Fancy the hustle and bustle of people? That’s okay too. Just pay attention to your senses and figure out what works best for you.

Colors and designs

Colors and designs can also play a big part in your work environment. We can all agree it’s easier to embrace your individuality at home than at a company office. However, you can easily personalize your workspace by:

  • Adding a bit of color to it,
  • Including a few treasured items on your desk like a favorite family picture,
  • Revamp your office walls with mottos or creatives that resonate with your soul.

Smells

In addition to personalizing your environment, your mood is more likely to lift when your workspace has a pleasant smell. In fact, smell is the strongest sense and is able to influence brain activity to a large extent.

Aromatherapy not only boosts your productivity and mood but also strengthens your immune system to improve your work efficiency.

So try out these mood-changing and productivity-boosting scents recommended by Beverley Hawkins, owner of the Vancouver-based West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy.

You might also be interested in: Why An Essential Oil Diffuser Is Essential For A Good Night’s Sleep

2. Nourish your body

Your mind and body work best when they’re in synch. Have you noticed that?

So don’t be surprised if your focus tends to drift when you neglect your body. Hydration and diet are important!

Here are a few healthy nourishing tips for you:

  • Drink enough water or healthy drinks, instead of sugary juices.
  • Keep pre-packed nutrient-rich snacks to keep your energy levels high throughout the day.

Keep in mind that energy drinks and junk food contain unhealthy ingredients that diminish your ability to concentrate. Eating healthy makes you feel more up beet, so choose wisely!

3. Get some fresh air in

The air quality in your workspace directly affects your ability to stay focused. Your brain needs fresh air in order to function at its best.

Make sure your office space has enough windows and natural light. And don’t forget to open your windows to air out your space.

Another tip to purify the air in your space is to add some plants in. Indoor plants not only have the ability to remove air pollutants but also have been proven to naturally elevate your mood and reduce stress. That way you can have some fresh air plus cute decor. Win-win!

4. Declutter your desk

Whether you work from home or a company office, you might have noticed that desks tend to clutter up fast.

A good rule of thumb for keeping an organized deskspace is to tuck away distracting items. In fact, research suggests that decluttering your desk can improve your ability to concentrate.

So dedicate a specific day to organize and tidy up around your workspace. It will do wonders for your mood, productivity, and peace of mind. Try it!

5. Don’t forget to move around

When you’re in the zone, it’s so easy to lose track of time and some good hours at your desk. We’ve all been there.

The problem with spending uninterrupted hours in front of your computer is your body starts to get stiff. You’re probably too familiar with these symptoms:

  • headaches,
  • eye strain,
  • neck and shoulder pain,
  • blurry vision

Digital blue light exposure is no joke. It can definitely interfere with your productivity and in the long run with your health. But we have some good news, there are two easy ways to prevent it and improve your work efficiency.

  1. Get up and stretch. Physical activity not only helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle in general but also reboots your brain and helps you return to your work refreshed.
  2. Protect your eyes from blue light. If you’re regularly exposed to digital blue light, chances are you might suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome. Not sure? Take this quiz to find out, then scroll down to read 5 essential tips for beating computer eye strain.

Give these 5 work efficiency tips a try. They can help you manage your environment effectively and boost your productivity today. Let us know which ones worked wonders for you.

In the meantime, treat yourself or surprise your coworkers with an Essential Oil Diffuser and be the hero of the day in your office.

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About the Author

Celeste Polley | Photographer, Celeste Polley Photography

Celeste is a photographer, musician and nature enthusiast currently residing in South Africa. She makes it her responsibility to encourage others to adopt a healthier lifestyle, and she focuses on the importance of good sleep habits. As a busy entrepreneur she knows how beneficial it is to spend quality time with your pillow.

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