Your workspace has a large impact on your productivity, focus, and mood every single day. You deserve to feel good about it!
As the workplace transitions from office to home or vice versa, now is the perfect time to upgrade your workstation.
Here are our best tips for creating a workspace that will make you happier and healthier:
Clean regularly – This one may seem like a no brainer, but thoroughly cleaning your workspace is something that can easily slip your mind when you get to the end of a long day. It is important to regularly wipe down, dust, and disinfect the area where you spend most of your day, especially if you eat at your desk. A few minutes spent cleaning a couple times a week will go a long way.
Allow space for movement – Sitting still for hours on end can be harmful to your physical and mental health. Standing up or moving for 10-15 minutes each hour can boost mood and productivity. Ensure that your workspace allows you to move a bit– standing, pacing, stretching– without getting too far away from your work. If you need more tips on squeezing activity into your work day, check out our post on staying active while working from home.
Happy nose, happy life – The smell of your workspace may be more important than you realize. Different scents can brighten your mood, purify air, and relieve stress. Add an air freshener, a candle, or an essential oils diffuser to your workspace to create a productive yet cozy atmosphere. Some of our favorite scents are citrus, which aids with concentration and calm feelings, and peppermint, which can boost energy and help you think clearly.
Add new life to the space (literally) – Office plants will liven up your space aesthetically while also absorbing toxins and purifying the air. Having a plant or two in your workspace can boost mood, productivity, and creativity, as well as reduce stress and fatigue. Even those with a less-than-green thumb can handle a low-maintenance office plant like pothos or snake plant (not as scary as it sounds). They require little light and only need water once every 1-2 weeks.
Healthy snacks (duh!) – What is a healthy workspace without healthy snacks? Keep a basket, drawer, or mini fridge filled with your favorites to keep you energized and happy all day. Stock up with our meal and snack options for office and home!