“You live where you work.” It’s an old adage that never seemed to make much sense, that is, until you realized that you officially spend more time in your office than you do at home. With that in mind, does your workspace reflect a feeling of homey-calmness? Or is it more like a pit of chaotic clutter that makes you want to cringe? Studies show that an unorganized or boring environment will actually stunt your productivity—so how can you feng shui your space?
1. Cut the Clutter
Start by clearing your desk of any old or unimportant projects. Without unnecessary distractions, you’ll be more likely to hold your focus. Take whatever’s left and sort it into trays. Labels like “to be filed” or “on hold” can help eliminate confusion (just don’t let that “to be filed” tray overflow!).
2. Embrace Ergonomics
You spend 8 to 10 hours per day at your desk, but ensuring that it’s ergonomically friendly can seriously reduce the amount of pain and stress you endure during that time. Start with your posture– shoulders back, head high, spine straight…you know the drill. Raise or lower the arms of your chair so they’re level with your keyboard, adjust the brightness on your monitor, and hey, there’s no shame in changing the font size so you can see it better. Google “ergonomics” for more tips.
3. Soothing Sounds
This just in! Listening to music at work can actually boost your efficiency! Flip to iTunes or Pandora and select a station that inspires you to stay productive.
A few family photos spread across your desk serve as a constant reminder that things outside of work are important too. If anything, they’ll remind you what you’re working for. Plants, flowers, and even fresh fruit will make your space seem more inviting.
5. Take a Break
But get out of the breakroom! Go for a walk, practice the ancient Chinese art of acupressure, or concentrate on some meditation moves—anything to serve as a retreat from the everyday grind.
You spend over ⅓ of your day at work, and another ⅓ sleeping. Don’t settle for a colorless cubical or uninviting office—turn your workspace into a relaxation station and live where you work.