How many times have you wondered how great it would be if you could have the perfect desk that allows you to feel most comfortable and work better? The answer is ‘almost every day’. Luckily, there is a lot you can do to make your workspace work for you – whether it is part of a large office, or a cozy home office. Here are ten tips you can start with.
Chances are there are more things on your desk that you don’t need than what is actually essential. Get rid of what you don’t want, so you can make space for what you really need.
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Work usually demands that we juggle many things, both mentally and physically. But getting things organized gives us a sense of control which can prove extremely powerful during a stressful day. So, use an organizer or a rack, or even a simple tray to get organized.
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3. Let in inspiration
Our workspaces have a huge impact on our mood, and what we see has a subliminal impact on how we feel. So, decorate your desk to help you feel a certain way.
If you use your desk to host meetings and interact with people, a cheerful, colorful décor will help. If you use your desk to do focused thinking work, a simpler décor with earthen colors will help you relax and concentrate.
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4. Put up barriers
Modern open-plan offices have eliminated doors and offer no privacy. But sometimes you need quiet to perform certain tasks. You can put up barriers – a potted plant or a vase of fresh flowers – so you can keep nosy colleagues and other distractions away.
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We feel tension in our shoulders and our feet. That’s when it is really important to relax at work. Fortunately, modern offices come with adjustable ergonomic chairs. Adjust them to your height and comfort angle. Plus, bring in your favorite fluffy rug/footrest. Kick off your shoes and relax your feet too.
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6. Extra chair/stool
Whether you are mentoring an intern or discussing with a colleague, having an extra chair or stool is always a good idea – stay seated – especially when you need your laptop at hand.
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Your desk should feel like you. Make it personal. Get your favorite coffee mug and a few treasured photographs. Surround yourself with what matters to you.
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Sealed windows and air conditioning make all offices feel stuffy, or sometimes even suffocating. It’s a great idea add a dash of your favorite fragrance – whether it is a couple of scented candles or just a handkerchief with a light dab of perfume.
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9. Sticky notes/memo pads
Even though we talk about a paperless future, paper still has a crucial place in our offices – for now. Nothing can beat a clearly written to-do-list and a memo pad full of doodles that might just contain the next big idea.
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10. Window drapes/blinds
Modern buildings have large windows that let in a lot of light, and bright laptop screens that create a lot of glare. That’s why it’s essential to pay attention to how you control the light – with blinds and curtains that can be adjusted just right.
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