5 Ways to Improve Workplace Productivity

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I sit down at my desk, cup of coffee in hand, and open up my laptop only to feel… stuck. Even after scrolling through newsfeed and timelines, I can’t muster up the energy to start on work. My motivation is at an all time low.

How often do we feel like this throughout our week? For me, it’s most of the time. But as we all know, there’s always a solution. After going through a period of feeling uninspired, I decided to pick myself up. The first place I started? My workspace.

By organizing your desk, whether at home or in the office, you can increase your productivity significantly, and the best part is that you can do it in five simple steps.

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Light it up

Insufficient lighting has always been known to be harmful to the eyes; however, its direct link to productivity is something that is often dismissed. Harsh or inadequate lighting can cause your eyes to strain, which can also lead to migraines and an increase in fatigue throughout your workday. So if you have the option, position your workspace near a window. Natural light trumps artificial light every time. For those of you that don’t have access to natural light, you can always invest in natural-eco light bulbs for a similar effect (Life Hack).

 

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Negative space

Having a designated “negative space” or “white space” on your desk improves your efficiency in a number of ways. This area of space not only prevents your desk from becoming cluttered, but it also comes in handy when you’re working with physical documents (CNN). By purposefully designating a “no-mess-zone” you can work with your mind at ease.

 

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Bring the outside, inside.

It’s easy to feel trapped when you’re working inside an office for more than five hours every day. While you can’t transfer your workplace to the outdoors, you can bring the outdoors to your workspace. Succulents and peonies are a personal favorite when it comes to plants and flowers, but really, any type of foliage will do. The area that you work in is just as important as the workspace itself (Huffington Post).

 

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Shades of success

It’s out with the four white walls, and in with the yellow and green accents. Studies have shown that white, grey and beige walls can induce feelings of depression and isolation. Transform your workspace by implementing shades of yellow and green for increased creativity and calming vibes (Entrepreneur).

 

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Smell the flowers

While the smell of coffee beans has a great placebo effect, it doesn’t always make for the best scent where productivity is concerned. Your sense of smell is also directly correlated to your workflow. For example, lavender is great for reliving stress and peppermint is great for stimulating the mind. By using candles or essential oils you can keep your mind on the things that matter most (Mashable).

Easy, right? Comment below if any of these methods worked (or didn’t work) for you! I’d love to know! And whatever rut you’re currently in, remember that there’s always a way out. Don’t allow yourself to feel stuck. You can do it 😘

 

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