Regardless of how you love your job or the company you’re working for, there will be days when your productivity levels are at an all-time low. These will be certain days of the week where you’ll either want to go home and just watch TV or sit at your office desk and do nothing. And while your mindset can influence your productivity levels, the environment you’re in can also make or break your performance during the day. If you’re working in an office which has a damaged printer and insufficient lighting fixtures, you’ll never have the motivation to submit requirements on time, right? You’ll end stressed and frustrated when these conditions are present. Steer away from this direction by creating a productive office space. Here’s how you can do it:
- Add a pop of color: It’s common to see an office painted in pastel or nude colors. Wall paints in these colors bring a sense of professionalism without compromising the aesthetics of the space. However, when you’re always staring at this color day in and day out, you’ll soon get bored and lose the motivation to work. The solution? Add a pop of color by introducing some greeneries in your office space. Place a small plant in your desk or have on the side of your cubicle. Doing this doesn’t only improve your productivity levels, but plants can also promote healthier air indoors. Adding motion and activity such as water features for the wall can also grab a person’s eye and make your office awesome.
- Show appreciation: If you’re holding a supervisory or managerial position, it’s important that you know how to show appreciation to the people you’re working with. This one’s a no-brainer. When your staff receives appreciation from you, they’ll be motivated to do more and be productive long-term. This can improve the quality of their outputs which can also reflect how effective you are as a leader.
- Create some privacy: Imagine this: you’re creating a report due later in the afternoon. You want to impress your boss with your output and prompt action. But because your working space is exposed to other employees, you’ll have a hard time focusing. You’ll spend most of your time observing everything that’s happening around you. Make sure that these don’t happen to you at work by creating privacy. No, this doesn’t mean that you should ask your HR personnel to transfer you to another office or room. There are actually several ways to create privacy namely using used cubicles, adding dividers or strategically placing your working space to another area in the building.
- Enjoy the sun indoors: A business can never operate without having enough lighting fixtures in their office space. Lighting fixtures will allow the employees to work regardless of the time of the day. But too much exposure to fluorescent office lighting can also be harmful. This has been linked to different health conditions namely lupus and several skin conditions. Instead of turning on the lights the moment you arrive at work, opt to window your windows and let the sunshine in. Sunlight can affect the circadian rhythm and Vitamin D production of your body, which is associated with alertness and motivation. So the more sunlight, the better productivity!
- Take strategic breaks: Most often than not, employees tend to work for longer hours thinking that they’ll be able to do more. They’ll report to work early in the morning and leave at night. If you’ve been guilty of having this routine, sorry to burst your bubble but this doesn’t improve your productivity at all. In fact, doing this will only compromise your output and your health, as well. If you really want to do more at work, take breaks strategically. Take a 10-minute break for every hour that you work. During your break, listen to your favorite tunes, stretch your body or catch up with your friends at work. If you can, go for a short work outside your office or meditate. Taking breaks will clear out any mental distraction while keeping you happy at the same time. These breaks will also allow your brain and body to breathe in order to come up with better ideas at work.
- Always de-clutter: For sure, your parents taught you how important it is to clean your room back when you were still young. You might have hated cleaning your room before, but you should be thankful that your parents actually taught you how to do it. Now that you’re working, having a clutter-free workspace can improve your productivity levels. Spend at least 10 minutes every morning (preferably before you start working), making sure that things are organized or filed properly. When you have a clean working space, you’ll never be distracted once you start working.
You’ll Reap What You Sow
Your productivity at work can have a significant impact on your life. When you do well with the position you have right now, you’ll have higher chances of being promoted. This will enable you to grow professionally and become financially independent in the long run. You’ll be able to live a comfortable life – something which can greatly help you and your family. So if you want to climb up the career ladder, start by working on the office space around you. Let this space help you become an employee who excels, exceeds expectations and satisfies the business’s needs.