The environment that you work in makes a difference not only to the quality of your work but also to your overall mental and physical wellbeing. It is worth taking the time to create the best work environment that you can. Here are some ways in which could help you to create and maintain a positive work environment.
Keep Your Desk Clean and Clutter Free
Keeping your desk clean and clutter free is a simple but effective way to take pride in where you work and keep it as an inspiring place to be. You could set aside five minutes at the end of each day to clear and clean your desk ready for the next day.
Clutter doesn’t have to be physical; the digital clutter we accumulate can also weigh us down. Clearing out your digital clutter regularly is a good habit to get into and stops the number of digital files you have saved getting out of control. In turn, this also reduces the need for more and more storage space! You could create a reminder on your calendar to do this on a regular basis.
Keeping on top of your inbox stops you getting bogged down with emails and using it as another storage space. Create a rule that works for you around how you will deal with your emails. Reading emails and leaving them in the inbox for another time allows emails to accumulate. Learn to deal with each email as you read it. For example, you could create a “To action” folder for emails you need to come back to at another time, and then either move an email there or delete it, once read.
It is not always possible to have complete control over your workspace, especially if you share an office with others but there is usually something you can do to make your work environment better straight away. Try and take a step back from your work space and view it through fresh eyes to see what you could do to make it better. If you share an office you could get to together with your colleagues to brainstorm ideas about new ways to arrange your work space.
Something as simple as moving a desk closer to a window can make a big difference to your experience of work on a day to day basis. How about arranging an inspiring screen saver on your computer? Bringing fresh flowers or a plant into the office can boost your mood and enhance your experience of your surroundings.
Have a Good Desk Set Up
Having a good desk set up is crucial. If you like to sit down at your desk, make sure that your desk and chair are set up well and that you don’t have to strain. You could even create a stand up desk if that feels better. I alter my desk space at home to sit or stand, depending on how I feel like as I am working.
What do you personally like in a work space? How can you add your own stamp to your work space? Personally, I love nice stationary and try to choose stationary that I know I will enjoy using. Photos of loved ones and pets can be a positive addition to your work space and help to keep you grounded and inspired as you go through your work day.
What has been your experience with creating a positive work space?
Bio: Jen Smith is a Life Coach and Mentor living in the UK. She has tried many career paths herself and now helps people achieve their goals and dreams. You can find her at www.jenmsmith.com.