How to Get the Most out of your Office Space: The Basics
If you work full time, you probably spend most of your waking hours during the week in your office. Therefore, your office space should become a home away from home and be set up to maximize your productivity, efficiency, creativity and energy. Even if you have little control of the size, shape and location of your office, you can make a few simple adjustments to ensure you get the most out of your office space. Here are our best tips:
Desk and Chair
You probably know by now that the sedentary lifestyle contributes to chronic disease and a shorter lifespan. Yes, sitting all day is just that dreary when it comes to your health. Standing desks are the new “it” office furniture because they allow you to be productive while on your feet. Not all offices can make the switch so if you have a regular seated desk, get up and walk around at least once an hour. Have “walking meetings” or go to the cafeteria and use a high top table for a few hours of your workday.
For seated desks, make sure your computer monitor is approximately 30 inches from your eyes and at eye level. Your arms should extend naturally to your keyboard without tensing your shoulders and your feet should be on the ground or on a foot rest. Get an adjustable chair that will keep you comfortable and offer lower back support. You should be in a slightly reclined position and consider using a pillow for added comfort and support.
In an office outside your home, lighting is probably outside your control. If you can make a suggestion to your employer, request natural light bulbs which you can explain will make you more alert and productive. Should you be so lucky to have a window in your office, move your desk closer to utilize natural lighting as much as possible. Otherwise you can invest in a light therapy system that will give you the benefits of natural light when you’re cooped up indoors.
Office spaces are notoriously cold but studies show that warmer temperatures promote more productivity and accuracy. Anywhere upwards of 70 degrees should do it. If you cannot control the thermostat, bring along a sweater or lap blanket to make your own heat.
How organized your office space is may be somewhat of a personal preference and you’ll have to gage the benefits of organization vs. clutter based on trial and error. Some camps believe that a messy office makes workes scattered and unfocused, and may cause you to waste time as you are looking for important papers and files. Others say clutter makes you more creative as your mind reacts differently when items are left about. If a messy office drives you nuts, however, filling it with clutter will not do you any good. So you’ll have to be the judge of what works best for you here. Just remember, an immaculate desk isn’t always the best choice.
Later this week we’ll be back with more tips for how to get the most out of your office space!
Sources: The Week and Life Hack
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