Change Your Work Space

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Clean up your desk. Re-arrange furniture. Add some color to that space. Make the place where you work really enjoyable. So enjoyable that work there won’t be perceived as work anymore. It will be something you actually crave to do.

I love to change my work space every now and then. Because I consider that work space to be a mirror of my thoughts. Imagine how would you feel if you would think the same thoughts day in and day out. They have a name for that: being crazy.

Small changes in the work space around you can have a huge impact in your life. Not only you can become more productive, so to speak, but you will feel that every day is unfolding in a different way.

Changing your work space around should give you the feeling that work is in fact just a disguised holiday. Until the real one starts, of course.

Ways To Change Your Work Space

I’m not talking about profound, or difficult changes here. Just small touches, but with a significant impact. Things you can actually do now, that will generate a visible improvement within hours, if not minutes.

1. Clean Up Your Desk

Don’t start your day with a messy desk. Piles of papers, pens, post-its, files, you know the drill. Leftovers from the day before. Just clean it. It’s so simple, yet so effective. A clean desktop is like an empty sheet of of paper, ready to be filled with words, sentences, paragraphs. Along with this simple thing, comes, of course, the very healthy habit of having an “inbox zero”.

2. Change Your Altitude

And by altitude I understand the level at which you’re sitting. If you keep the same level all day long, it will get boring. If you can, use a beanbag, every few hours, or a couch. If you can’t do this, just lower your chair somehow. Also, a few minutes spent standing are very good for your spine and leg muscles. This tip assumes that you’re working on a desk. If you’re not, feel free to adjust it to your current working routine.

3. Work From A Coffee Shop, One Day Per Week

It is a very enriching experience. Whenever you work on a coffee shop, you get the chance to meet completely new people. If your job doesn’t really allow you to work on a coffee shop (you’re a doctor, for instance) just take a break every once in a while there and enjoy some coffee and a bit of unexpected networking.

4. Paint Your Walls

Every once in a while, repaint. Change colors on the wall. If you don’t like colors, then try a few graffiti or other forms of wall art. Like paintings, for instance. A lot of your visual field is occupied during the day with the walls around you. The more divers the color mix on these walls, the more refreshing you’ll feel the entire space. It’s not something easy to catch at a conscious level, but it does work. Just try it for a few months. It will somehow feel like moving somewhere else.

5. Put On (And Adapt) Some Music

Your workspace isn’t built around your visual field only. It’s also at the audible level. Change that too. Put on some music. Of course, use some earphones if you’re not alone in the office, that will help you significantly with your social integration (which is a sarcastic way to say that you’ll be swiftly punished by your colleagues if you don’t use earphones). But do put some music while working, especially if your work consists from tedious, repetitive tasks.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Vartika says:

    Nice advice.. Work should be always our priority

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    1. GS says:

      Also, be thoughtful about the number of notebooks, sticky notes, and sheets of paper you need. Clear your floor, cubicle or home office of empty beverage containers and empty lunch boxes, and other things that steal your attention. For your home office, physically separate your home and work life to minimize distractions. Remember the digital clutter, too. Digital clutter including email windows, applications, and unorganized files can quickly pile up. According to one survey, 45% of participants have over 20 browser tabs open at once. Reduce these extra distractions and try focusing on a single task. This will not only improve the performance of your computer, but it’ll also boost your productivity.

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      1. Vartika says:

        Thanks for sharing ur views. I will keep that in mind

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  2. henhouselady says:

    This is great advice. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. GS says:

      Your desk should be a haven for focus and creativity. While notes are helpful reminders, a heap can make you less productive. Research shows that clutter leads to procrastination and feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Purge your workspace by moving everything to a new location at the beginning of the week. As you need various items, move them back to your desk. If at the end of the week you have untouched items, that means you should remove them from your desk. Use the same method with your filing cabinets and drawers.

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  3. Mayank says:

    Can not agree more, my work setup defines the degree of innovative thoughts.
    I have been shuffling my stuff inside my room every 2 months since the pandemic 😂
    Thanks for the relatable post!

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    1. GS says:

      A messy desk tends to indicate that the person is busy and that is why they have not cleaned up their desk. The desk pictures also showed that a messy desk indicates that the person is busy and that is why they have not cleaned up their desk. Messy people tend to get bored easily and need to be stimulated.

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  4. Veronica says:

    Love these suggestions and as I look around my desk…yeah, I could stand to change it up! lol

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    1. GS says:

      Clutter is your number one enemy. All those useless papers are taking up space in your drawers, trays and desk. Do away with them immediately. Get rid of stress. There is already enough. Knowing that you will never misplace documents or files will give you confidence and reduce stress. You need to know what to do with all those memos, reports, client files and documents. Make sure that if you do need to keep a paper copy, you don’t already have it, thereby creating a duplicate. Many people mistakenly make multiple copies of the same document for fear of making the wrong decision. You need to develop clear guidelines to determine what to keep and what to throw out.

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  5. I agree with you 100% on this one, especially keeping my workstation clean. I clean my workspace at least every fortnight to make sure I have a fresh feel of my environment, and I am always listening to something uplifting while working.

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    1. GS says:

      The value of an organised workplace is severely underestimated and should be given more prominence seeing as it contributes to productivity and involves time loss. A decent filing system is still vital, despite most documents saved on hard discs and in the cloud. Many businesses create a backup on hard copy, and it is still necessary to print such documents. The primary benefit is therefore improved productivity. It has to be the most critical factor that should always be prioritised. Being organised should be a state of mind.

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      1. I beleive you, and it gives me inner peace everytime I look at an organised work station.

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      2. GS says:

        Me too Seb 🙂

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