Whether you do business in a high-rise business park or a home office, chances are you want to make sure your space is conducive to good, quality work.
Believe it or not, how your office is designed and maintained can really affect your productivity vibe. Here are a few of our tips for making your office work for you – and help you improve your work.
Get rid of the clutter.
We’ve all been there. You’re looking for those meeting notes from last week, but amid the framed family photos, business promo items you didn’t want to throw away, that stack of business cards from your last networking event and all those unfiled folders and documents, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything.
One of the most fundamental steps in creating a workspace that offers a productive energy flow is to clear out the clutter.
Believe it or not, clutter is likely affecting your work in more ways than simply making it hard to find what you’re looking for. In fact, clutter has been shown to impact your emotional, mental and physical wellbeing.
Clearing physical clutter can actually help you clear mental clutter – allowing you to think and work with greater focus.
Once you’ve cleared the clutter, it’s time to get organized.
A good organization system allows you to work with greater efficiency because you won’t be halting your work to find that document from last Tuesday. When you have an organization system that works for you, it’s easy to flow from task to task.
As a general rule of thumb, keep everything you use on a daily basis in arm’s reach. Those items you only use sporadically can be stored away in separate – but easy-to-find – cabinets or drawers.
When you’re setting up your organizational system, try to keep your desk as clear as possible. It may sound funny, but having a clear workspace will help you feel more mentally focused and organized than if you’re working amid a mess.
Assume the position.
Don’t think your desk position has anything to do with how productive you are? Think again. There are actually “power positions” that are proven to help you optimize your work time as well as possible.
A power position is one in which you are able to see the door when seated at your desk, along with as much of the rest of the room as possible. Don’t “box” yourself into a shortened field of vision. When positioning your desk, think about allowing yourself expansive views of your entire office – especially of whoever may be entering it.
Choose artwork wisely.
Work productivity doesn’t simply necessitate organization. Inspiration is also key in your journey toward a better working environment.
The artwork you use in your office can play a huge role in how inspired you feel on a day to day business. Choose photographs, paintings and even mottos or sayings that speak to you personally – and help pinpoint exactly what it is you want to accomplish.
Think of your office as an idealized view of your goals and objectives.
Make it personal.
If your job is only about punching a timecard and getting out of there, it’s unlikely you feel any connection to your workspace. But when you’re looking to cultivate your skills and bring value to your work and your business, you’ll want to work in a space that feels like your own.
Chances are, if you hate your office space, you won’t be dying to work late on that memo or spend the extra time to make your next presentation really amazing. Bring in personal items, artwork or photographs that make you feel connected to – and at home in – your office.
Ready to make your office space work for you? We can help. Give us a call today.