Today’s post is a guest post from Adam Robertson, who reached out to me with an idea about how office furniture and your office setup can play a big part in how productive you are. I was intrigued by his idea and here it is for you!

If you’re anything like the average American, then you probably spend a considerable amount of time at your desk. In fact, a lot of people spend more time working than they do anything else. However, have you ever considered how your environment affects your productivity? Can your office furniture determine the course of your day? Could it boost productivity?

It turns out that the way you set up your desk can determine whether you get your most important tasks done with ease or struggle through them.

Fortunately, there are a few changes you can make if you’re interested in boosting your productivity. Let’s take a moment to discuss a few.

6 Changes You Can Make to Your Desk Setup to Boost Productivity

Six changes you can make to your office and desk setup to boost productivity. Click through to learn what they are.

#1: Use Decorations

Most people assume that the more things you have cluttering your desk, the less you are able to get done. In most circumstances this would be true, however, if that clutter reminds you of friends and family then it’s not such a bad idea.

Research shows that when employees are given permission to decorate their offices with photos and other personal memoirs, they have a much more positive attitude when working. This, in turn, leads to greater productivity.

So the next time you’re cleaning or organising your desk, consider adding a photo of one of your favorite memories. It could be just the boost you need.

#2: Incorporate Elements Of Nature

Not only are personal photos a great addition, but you should also consider adding elements of nature to your desk.

Studies have found that when we look at images of nature it helps to lessen or even eliminate fatigue.

You should consider adding a small, green plant, water fountain or even a sea shell or rock.

These elements can keep you relaxed and alert.

#3: Choose The Proper Chair

One of the biggest complaints when it comes to sitting at a desk all day is back problems.Get the right office chair for your desk

Whenever you sit in a chair that does not keep your spine straight it tends to lead to sharp pains. And it’s extremely difficult to be productive when you’re uncomfortable.

The back of your chair should be high enough to cover your entire back.

The arms of the chair should be long enough to support you without your arms having to dangle. You should also be able to adjust it’s height so that it allows you to be eye level with your monitor and have both of your feet planted firmly on the floor.

If you prefer to avoid a chair altogether, you may want to consider purchasing a standing desk.

#4: Create A Place For Your Ideas And Distractions

It’s easy to get quick inspiration while you are working.

While this is usually a good thing, these ideas can be something that distracts you from the task at hand too.

That’s why it’s a good idea to make a note of these things so that you can successfully complete your assignment and come back to them when you have time.

Create a special storage place for your ideas and to-do lists.

Keep a few notepads or loose sheets of paper around so that you can quickly jot these things down. You may also choose to hang a chalkboard or whiteboard directly above your desk as well.

This way, you’ll be able to put these things on the back-burner and go through each of them at the end of the day.

#5: Invest In a Small Fridge

If you’re guilty of procrastination, then you know how easy it is to walk away from your desk in search of food and other refreshments. Though this may give you a chance to stretch your legs, this can also stop your workflow. That’s why it’s a good idea to prepare for these times.

Add a mini refrigerator beneath your desk and store a few bottles of water, fruit, nuts,crackers and yogurt inside it.

Not only will this help to reduce the number of times that you need to leave your desk, but it will also help you to realise when you’re trying to put something off.

You’ll be able to remain more focused.

#6: Experiment With Candle Placement

Studies have found that smells can have a huge impact on our moods. Just as with the color of the space that you are working in, our sense of smell can put us in a certain mindset and affect our level of productivity.

You should consider adding a few, small scented candles to your desk.

Use candles to improve your productivity and mood

There are certain scents that are better at helping you to focus than others.

For instance, the smell of pine will help to make you much more alert. Cinnamon helps to improve your level of concentration.

If you’re having a particularly tense day, then lavender will make you feel calm and relaxed.

Peppermint can put you in a much better mood. Citrus smells have a tendency to wake us up and can lift your spirits.

These are a few things you should keep in mind.

If you work in an environment with others, you should make sure that the scent you choose is very subtle. Some people are more sensitive to certain smells and it may be offensive to them.

In this case, you could easily add a little essential oil to a cotton ball and attach beneath your desk. You may also consider adding it to your handkerchief or placing a plug-in product beneath your desk.

If you are someone who works from home, then you are free to use as much as you want.

You may choose to add a few candles, burn a little incense or keep a small jar of essential oil on your desk.

The most important thing to remember is to make sure not to go overboard to the point where the smells become a distraction.

The Takeaway

Sometimes productivity is less about how hard you work and more about the environment that you work in.

If you’re searching for inspiration, then you should think about changing your desk setup.

Consider adding a few personal touches, incorporate nature, take time to choose the right chair, eliminate distractions and experiment with aromatherapy. Reorganising your office furniture could put you miles ahead when it comes to boosting your productivity…

Adam Robertson is a professional in the office furnishings industry. He works for Allard Office Furniture, an office furniture company which has 18 years of shared experience in office desks, chairs, supplies, and accessories.

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