How To Adult: Create Yourself A Dope Desk Space
Whether you freelance or work in an office, your workspace set-up affects your productivity and general health and wellbeing. From plants and artwork to organisational stationary, an epic snack draw and the right ergonomics, we take you through five ways to create a dope desk space.
Excess stuff can have a negative impact on your ability to focus and process information, and don’t take our word for it – even neuroscientists from this Princeton study agree.
There’s an opposing argument that a messy desk can stimulate creativity – but within measure. For most desk work, clutter can get in the way of smooth work flow.
#2 Plant placement
Studies have found that incorporating plants into a workspace can increase productivity by 15% – a pretty solid amount. Plus, they’re scientifically proven to reduce stress and elevate our mood. Plants are the best. Just make sure you buy ones that are suited to indoors (medium to low light and a cooler climate – thanks to the AC in most offices) like a snake plant.
#3 Pimp out your drawer
What snacks and essentials are in your drawer to keep you happy and be the office saviour? You want to have your basics, back ups and snacks (always snacks). Think bandaids, a spare toothbrush and deodorant, painkillers, safety pins, a spare phone charger, a mini umbrella and non-perishable foods like almonds, muesli bars and miso soup packets.
#4 Get ergonomic
Sitting is the new smoking, haven’t you heard? We’re not actually built to sit all day long, but seeing as we do anyway, making sure we’re as positively aligned to avoid stressed on the body as possible is a smart way to operate – otherwise you could end up with things like neck pain, lower back pain, knee pain, excess body fat around your middle, and poor flexibility in the legs and hips.
Basically, you want your computer monitor to be at eye-level so your neck is in a natural position. You want your feet flat on the floor with your knees in line with your hips – so that might mean adjusting your chair height you need to get a foot rest. You should also be arms length away from your monitor so you don’t need to reach or strain for your keyboard. And if your lower back is sore or you find yourself slouching, get lumbar support.
#5 Take it personally
You spend most of your time at work, and if you’re spending most of your time somewhere, you want it to be inviting with plenty of good vibes. Adding personal touches like artwork, photos of family or friends or #inspo quotes – whatever brings a smile to your face – is essential. Your second home shouldn’t feel like prison.
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