5 Key Elements Your Work-space Should Contain, Like Yesterday!

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Whether you’re hustling away at home, running around through corporate cubicles or dancing away in a studio, the space in which you work is sacred and you should treat it as such. Our workspaces play a huge role in our overall psychological well-being and creative performance.

Studies show there is a world of difference in success levels between those who include the below elements in their workspaces and those that don’t. To produce your best work, you must organize and optimize your workspace in the most beneficial ways possible to have a healthier, happier, more overall productive workday

1. Permanence

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In order for you to perform your best work, there needs to be some sort of permeance. Having a structure in your workspace is similar to throwing your car into cruise-control. By doing so, your mind is more at ease and you’re able to squeeze out more productivity because it takes less energy or neural connectivity to worry about new surroundings. When you create your work from a place of familiarity, you are able to plug in faster and get the work done.

That doesn’t mean you can’t ever work in a different space to switch things up, but research does show productivity levels through the human experience increase when there is structure.

2. Color

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Colors play a huge part when it comes to our efficiency while at work, school, or wherever we choose to be productive at. Scientific studies show that colors profoundly impact our mood and productivity which is why it’s best to decorate your workplace with a vibrant medley of stimulating hues that increase output and spark creativity.

Did you know, for example, that the color blue helps stimulate concentration and creativity? Red also has some of these effects, but unlike blue, red also signals danger which can cause you to become hostile & anxious w/o even knowing it.  This is one of the deciding factors that made me buy a blue keyboard. (And also because baby blue is pretty cool if I do say so myself! ;) 

According to a recent study at British Columbia University, we can thank stop signs, teacher's red ink, and emergency vehicles for causing our brains to subconsciously associate red with panic. The sky, ocean, and water are boundless entities that subconsciously makes us feel free, open, and limitless w/ blue. 

Choose your colors wisely at your workstation

3. Plants & Windows

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Emerging evidence also suggests that in office settings, exposure to plants and views of vegetation reduces stress, restores attentional capacity, and improves performance on a variety of cognitive tasks.

If you are worried about having to take more time away from doing actual work because you have to worry about watering and maintaining sunlight to your new office plant, not to worry. There are several indoor plants that provide you all of the benefits and will thrive indoors so you don’t have to worry about killing your plant. Check out 20 Indoor Plants That Can Improve Your Office Environment !

In addition to having plants near you for energy, working near a window is a pivotal step for gaining clarity. Looking out at nature gives us a sense of freedom and makes our work become expansive.

If you are currently not working near a window, ask your boss if you can move around. Provide them a proposal with the numerous benefits to working nears windows because after all, the better productivity producing environment state you are in, the more money the company will be making If you work at home, re-arrange your work structure so you have a front-row view to mother nature.

If you are in a position where this is not possible, don’t fret. Just make it top priority to take your breaks outdoors to refresh and recharge.

Let’s take Jen Sincero, author of the self-help book You Are A Badass for example. In her book, she explained how having the perfect view would help her essentially write one hell of a book. She ended up getting a call from a friend who allowed her to stay at an amazing house with breathtaking views on a farm. She wrote and wrote and wrote and she thanks the views and her workspace for giving you’re the enlightenment and clarity to create the book we all enjoy so much!

4. Chair Alignment & Monitor Placement

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According to the books, a poorly positioned monitor could introduce awkward and uncomfortable postures which can eventually lead to a painful musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). When your monitor is placed at a level that does not match your body proportion, your eyes tend to strain which in turn causes more headaches and fatigue. Who the heck wants to experience that when trying to produce your best work? To make sure your monitor is at an optimal level for YOU, ensure that the monitor is the first place where there is not a glare hitting the screen. Make sure the monitor is also directly in front of you. If your body ha to angle towards the right or the left, chances are your peripheral vision is picking up more stimuli causing you to lose precious time on the task at hand. It also puts more of a strain on your body when sitting this way.

According to ergonomics expert and professor Dr. Alan Hedge, “When you are seated comfortably, a user’s eyes should be in line with a point on the screen about 2-3″ below the top of the monitor casing (not the screen).

5. Task-Specific Organization

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We organize our computer desktops to have our file folders organized usually by projects, deadlines and such and the same goes for our bookmarks on our internet browser. We must do the same for our physical tools. Devise a strategy for your paper-work and resources you use on the daily to be organized based on the different tasks you have going on. For example, I journal very often and so much so I have about 7 different journals based on different subcategories such as a journal for motherhood, my relationship, day to day life, and my business goals. On my book-shelf, I have a File storage that holds and organizes all of my journals so when I need one, I simply grab the whole organizer and can simply put it away out of sight when I’m done. I also have a separate space where grade my student’s papers and exams when I work from home. My filing cabinet has a separate drawer just for my teaching supplies.

These are just a few different resources I rely upon on a daily basis that can be easily accessible and are managed and categorized by depending on the task at hand.