When it comes to getting work done, working in the right environment can make all the difference – if you’ve ever tried to work on a project in a noisy or disorganized workspace, you probably know this firsthand! Luckily, a lot can be done to set up the right environment and, below, we’ll go over four simple tips to help you get the most productivity out of your day.
This is a big one. If you have a disorganized desk, it’s easy for your brain to feel “disorganized,” too. If you’re working from home, it’s a good idea to tidy up not just your workspace but the areas around it as well.
When things are organized, you won’t waste time searching for items you need like a pen or paper. You can set aside space on your desk or in drawers for different types of items so you can access them quickly and easily.
Try an Essential Oil Diffuser
Believe it or not, the right scent can help you be more productive. Besides helping you to destress and be more focused, certain essential oils actually have their own unique effects. For productivity, one of your go-to’s should be peppermint – a couple of studies have confirmed that it increases alertness and energy levels.
Rosemary is another good option, as shown by one study from Northumbria University in the UK which demonstrated the scent improves concentration levels and boosts memory.
Lavender can help you sleep (a good night’s sleep can, of course, increase productivity) and reduce feelings of anxiety.
Get Plenty of Natural Light
If you can, opt to put your desk around doors or windows that let light in: this is because our brains respond to natural light. Light helps regulate your body’s natural circadian rhythm. If you’re being exposed to light, your brain and body know it’s time to be awake, alert, and get to work!
Use a Proper Chair
Chairs are a lot more important than we realize when it comes to getting things done. Think about it:: you’re going to be sitting there for hours at a time, and your posture can either help you relax or create fatigue through unnecessary stress on your spine.
A chair with a slight recline is best to reduce pressure on your back. If you’re working in an office, you can ask your company to provide an adjustable chair for you, especially if you’re already experiencing back pain.
Also, do your best to sit somewhat upright when working as, if you’re slouching, your mind tends to follow your body! A comfortable chair and an upright position help to boost productivity.
These are some of the most important tips when it comes to boosting productivity in the workplace. Give decluttering or an essential oil diffuser a try, and you’ll be surprised how much more you’re able to get done!