In a lifetime, on average we spend 10.3 years at work and 5 years sitting at a desk. The amount of screen time is on the rise and there's never been a more crucial time to create a more productive and happy office space.
1. Natural Elements
Open up those blinds and let in the natural light. Your internal clock will switch on instantly lifting the mood. If you're planning on renovating and don't have enough window light, install a skylight.
Open up those windows for some fresh air. If it's too cold, then consider an air purifier. Atomisers are designed for purifying the air, humidifying the air and increasing the negative ions in the air resulting in more oxygen flowing to the brain.
Just one plant per desk in an office can reduce CO2's by 50%, reduce noise by 5 decibels, increase creativity by 15% and reduce dry skin by 20%. If there's no floor space, then consider hanging a few plants from the ceiling. For inspiration, take a look at Mister Moss.
2. Ergonomic Furniture
Adjustable desks and chairs are crucial for productivity. The two chairs pictured above are not ideal for long term desk work. The best chairs designed for your own body shape, weight and movement is the Herman Miller Aeron Chair. Check your set up. Is your desk at the right height? Do you need two monitors? Is everything within reach?
3. Sand Timer
Heard about The Pomodoro Technique? Set the timer on a concentrated task for 25 minutes, take a break and repeat four times, then take a longer break. The technique is aimed at reducing interruptions and improving productivity. An elegant sand timer sitting on the desk is a better aesthetic than an everyday kitchen timer.
4. Pin Board
Pin ups help with brain functioning. A pin up area in your office can be a mind map of post it notes, a cork board or magnet board. Put up your favourite quotes, a memorable postcard, holiday inspiration and anything that makes you happy and focused on your goals. It's important to regularly change this images to keep the inspiration flowing.
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