5 Ways To Make Your Home Or Office Workspace More Tranquil
Whether you work in an office or at home, you know that the environment around your workspace matters significantly. After all, if you’re constantly distracted, you won’t be able to do your job. That’s why it’s essential to maintain a relaxed atmosphere. If you want to feel less stressed and more productive, take a look at these simple tips to create a tranquil workspace.
1) Declutter your area
Why not begin with what’s right in front of you? If there are piles of documents and random office supplies on your desk, it’s difficult to do your work. That’s because clutter causes stress – so, out of sight, out of mind. When you don’t have a messy workspace, you can concentrate fully. It’s time to set aside an afternoon to clean up your desk.
Use a scanner to digitize important papers and upload them to your computer. You can file them without a dedicated cabinet or drawer. Then, do the same for to-do lists and calendars. You’ll be able to focus when there aren’t sticky notes everywhere. Once you’ve organized your records, be sure to throw away any unnecessary junk. When finished, the only items on your desk should be your phone, computer, printer, and a few other necessities.
2) Add a candle or diffuser
Here’s an easy way to liven up your workspace. If you have your own office, you can add a couple of candles or an essential oil diffuser. Certain scents, like rosemary, jasmine, and chamomile, can help you feel calmer when you’re anxious. Of course, if other people work around you, you’ll want to take a more discreet approach. Place a vase of flowers on your desk or keep a natural air freshener on hand. You don’t want to overwhelm anyone else, so try to be subtle. This way, you can relax – and your co-workers won’t mind a bit.
A little aromatherapy may be what you need to power through the day.
3) Use an ergonomic setup
Are you hunched over your keyboard at all times? If your desk setup isn’t ergonomic, you could suffer from issues like eye strain and back problems. It’s important to prioritize your wellness so that you can lead a healthy life. Take a seat at your desk to find your natural posture. Your feet need to be flat on the ground, while your back rests against your chair. When you look forward, you shouldn’t have to peer up or down to see your monitor. Place your keyboard and mouse at an angle that doesn’t strain your wrists.
Every once in awhile, make it a point to stand as you work. You can invest in a standing desk converter to make your current workspace more ergonomic.
4) Go green with plants
It’s time to bring the outdoors inside, especially if you don’t have a window nearby. You can use a few potted plants to create a more serene environment – and even generate a cleaner airflow. As a bonus, they’re super stylish, too. You’ll want to choose plants that don’t need a lot of sunshine. For instance, philodendrons and ZZ plants function in low light, so they’re able to thrive in your corner office. If you’re without a green thumb, try a small succulent. You’ll need to place them by a window, but they don’t require a lot of water.
5) Listen to ambient noise
Many people find that silent offices distract them. Or, if you work remotely, a quiet house can be slightly unpleasant. That’s why it’s essential to listen to ambient sounds – otherwise known as background noise. A loop of wind or ocean sounds may help you become more productive throughout the day. Everyone works differently, so while you enjoy an instrumental playlist, your co-worker could prefer a podcast. Of course, it won’t be beneficial to listen to upbeat pop music if you need to concentrate on a serious article. But when you need to answer a few emails, feel free to listen to a new album. It’s wise to choose your ambient noise based on what you’re supposed to complete.
If the atmosphere around you becomes too loud, put on a pair of headphones to drown out your chatty neighbors.
Enjoy a peaceful work environment
Use these suggestions to create a tranquil workspace – whether you work in a noisy office or your own living room.
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