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Creative Ways to Improve Your Working Environment
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Emma Sumner
June 2019
Contributor
Written by
Emma Sumner
June 2019

In this fast-paced world, we are living in today, it can quite often seem like we are simply not doing enough. Especially in the business world, you can quite easily find yourself lacking motivation and productivity, especially if you’re constantly struggling with numerous distractions that simply prevent you from focusing on the job at hand or if you’re constantly being told to “improve your productivity” and “maximize your efficiency”.

However, if that’s the case, don’t ever feel like there’s nothing you can do about it. There are actually numerous ways you can improve your working environment that will directly result in increased productivity and that will also make you feel good. Check them out.

Cancel out the noises that bother you

In any workplace, one of the most distracting things is definitely background office noise, especially if the office you’re working in has an open floor plan. Even though you’re in the office and everyone around you is working, people are still going to talk amongst themselves, which can be pretty distracting. So, if you find yourself having difficulties to concentrate because of the noise, you should definitely do something about it. For instance, you can look into noise-canceling headphones if you enjoy working in absolute quiet, or you can invest in a white noise machine to cancel out all the distractions.

Energy map your workday

Next, the fact of the matter is that every single person has periods throughout the day when their productivity is at its peak. For instance, the majority of people tend to feel somewhat drowsy after lunch and difficult to focus in the afternoon, so they prefer to get the majority of the work done before lunchtime. However, if you’re one of those people that don’t quite enjoy an early start, and if you prefer starting your work later in the day – and especially if you have flexible work hours – don’t force yourself to work when you just don’t feel able to. Also, you can create an energy map by noting down at what time during the day you felt most productive and focus on getting the majority of your work done in that period.

Cozy up your environment

Furthermore, in order to give your best in the office, you need to feel best in it. That’s why you should look for different ways you can make your work environment look and feel cozier and more inviting. Aside from personalizing your workstation with fun office supplies and making it feel homier with a personalized coffee mug, you can also check out some Feng Shui tips for boosting productivity and good fortune and add a lucky plant to your desk as well. If your options are limited, however, at least try to add a framed photograph or some other little trinket to your work station that reminds you of the people you love or that holds some other special meaning to you.

Declutter

Another important thing to keep in mind is the fact that clutter – in any shape or form – can relay negatively influence our motivation and productivity. Simply put, being exposed to visual clutter will always create psychological clutter and the fact of the matter is that a foggy mind simply doesn’t perform well, no matter how hard you try. Therefore, inspect your work environment, see just how cluttered it truly is and see if you can relocate or organize any of that clutter so that you’re left with a clean and organized workspace. Additionally, once you manage to organize and declutter your work desk and office, or at least your immediate surroundings, make sure you pay some attention to your computer and desktop as well. Don’t forget that your computer is also considered your workspace, so make sure you declutter or at least organize it as well.

Make meaningful breaks

Finally, it’s important to realize that sometimes, taking some time off from work can actually motivate you to do more work. Even though it may sound a bit out there, the fact is that if you take meaningful breaks from work every now and then, you’ll be able to focus on the job at hand more easily. So, make sure you take a break whenever you feel like you need one and use it to do something that will make you feel good. If you’re looking at the computer screen the entire time, make sure you take regular breaks and rest your eyes by trying to focus on something other than any type of screen.

 

As you can see, none of these ideas for improving your working environment require too much time or effort, but the results you’ll start to notice once you implement them will be mind-blowing.  

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