To keep your office looking good and operating efficiently, give it a periodic update. There are several simple, effective things you can do to make your workspace more inviting and supportive to productivity.
Arrange your desk to make it conducive to productivity. Remove clutter that can be stored in a drawer or cabinet. Install side shelves for additional access to files and documents that you commonly use or expect to need soon. Organize your desktop with the things you need daily. Typically, this includes a desk calendar, a calculator, your computer, a mouse and mousepad, and an office phone or a docking station for your mobile phone.
Check your desk chair to ensure it is still stable with no loose bolts or screws. For instance, carpet glass chair mats provide a non-skid mat that will protect your office flooring while making your chair easier to move and swivel. Consider getting an ergonomic chair for added physical comfort and bodily support. You may want to add a standing desk if that works with your job duties so that you don’t have to sit all day. The chair should support your back and fit the desk comfortably to let you use the keyboard with ease.
Other comfort features can be added as well. A footstool will fit under your desk and be unseen by others. It will let you elevate your feet to prevent ankle swelling especially for those who are pregnant or have diabetes. A neck massage pillow, if permitted, is a great way to reduce back and neck stress and alleviate discomfort. Keep a personal mug nearby for coffee, tea, or water during the workday, which will refresh you as well as adding a jolt of caffeine or a refreshing drink of water.
Make the most of your office space by bringing in a few personal items. A potted plant helps to clear toxins from the air while adding a touch of nature to your area. You may want to hang a favorite painting by a local artist but avoid overusing family photos. Keep a stressbuster in your desk drawer, like a squeeze ball or a small bag of treats like nuts or mints to enjoy during a lull in the workday.
Your job office is not really an extension of your home, but it can contain personal elements that make your workday more comfortable, productive, and enjoyable. Try ideas like these to get the most out of your workspace.
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