Being productive can be a challenge on most days, so it’s only natural that we want to find ways to nudge ourselves in the right direction. At the same time, though, we must also keep our morale and health up. With that in mind, we’ve come up with some tips that will help you maintain a productive office atmosphere.
1. Add greenery.
It’s scientifically proven that having plants in an office not only makes it look nice but also reduces stress, anxiety, depression, hostility, and fatigue. It also improves the air quality in your little corner of the world. It doesn’t have to be a big fern or ficus — it can be something as small as a succulent or a tiny cactus. Don’t settle for fake plants that collect dust and make the room seem more stuffy. If you’re worried about having to take care of the plant, you needn’t fret. There are some pretty low-maintenance options available at your local garden center.
2. Keep your space organized.
If you can’t find your work in a messy desk, then you certainly won’t be productive! As a result, you need to choose an organizer that suits your needs and your desk size, even if it’s just a file holder. Once you have room to move your arms freely, you’ll find that you’ll have more motivation to do your work.
3. Use online appointment scheduling software instead of a paper calendar.
Still have a paper calendar that covers most or all of your physical desktop? Or sticky notes on a bulletin board? Those old-fashioned appointment reminder methods are slowing you down. Moreover, it can get very confusing when you have to change an appointment. Scribbling, crossing out, erasing… Put an end to the drama with online appointment scheduling software. Software Advice recommends EZnet Scheduler® for its robust features, dependability, and affordable price. Plus, it’s got other great features like resource management that can help your business run smoothly and efficiently.
4. Don’t use your desk for storage.
Truth be told, this recommendation might sound weird. You have to store things on your desk, but you don’t need to keep unnecessary things in your workspace. Extra paper, files, old projects, etc, can all be filed away somewhere else. Decreasing the clutter will make organizing easier. Therefore, the time you spend at your desk will more productive. And as a result, your workspace will remain the place where you make magic happen.
5. Keep “de-stress” items close by.
It could very well be the plants that you’ve introduced to your office that act as stress relievers. But stress relief can also come in the form of a little zen garden, a stress ball (or two, three, four. five), or even a scalp massager. As long as it’s something that can give you a five-minute break and ease the stress out of your body, it will work. Some people even have little water fountains in their offices.
These small ideas can make a big difference in how things get done in your work zone. The point is for you to actively try to make a change. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish with just a small house plant or a squishy ball.