Whether you work in a traditional office environment, telecommute, or both, it’s important that we all create a working space that is conducive to productivity. Here are some of the ways you can achieve that:
Clear the Clutter
Probably the first thing you will be recommended by any professional organizer is to create a work space that is clear of clutter. There are some people who work in clutter, and even do so effectively, but that’s the exception to the rule.
Besides being a potential distraction from your daily tasks, clutter means you are likely not organized. And that means you will need to spend extra time sorting through things to get what you need. In fact, one study found that you may be wasting a full week of work time each year looking for misplaced items.
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Music as Your Muse
The health benefits of music are well-documented, as experts continue to marvel at how music can impact us on a physical and psychological level. Besides putting you in whatever mood you are trying to achieve (relaxed, energetic), researchers have linked music to better work productivity.
On the most basic level, headphones can be a means of escaping the environmental sounds you have no control over. But the music itself helps you focus on the task at hand. Not to mention, you might even come up with better results in your work. One study found that workers who listened to music not only completed tasks quicker, they came up with better ideas than their counterparts who were not listening to music.
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A Desktop Water Fountain
Since we’ve already established that soothing sounds have a positive impact on your productivity, why not consider options other than music? Desktop water features can soothe your soul in times of stress and keep you centered and less distracted by your surroundings.
Control the Internet...
Don’t let it control you. If you are an inquisitive person, having all the world’s information at your fingertips can be a massive time suck. If you even remotely resemble an ADD personality, you can find yourself mindlessly crawling your way down a rabbit hole that will kill your day’s productivity potential.
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Everyone works best at different times of day. You often hear about best-selling authors in this regard. Some get up at the crack of dawn, while other are night owls. While your work situation may not have the same level of flexibility as a self-employed writer, hopefully you have the ability to fully focus on your work at your peak performance times.