How to Create Productivity from Your Office Design

Written By Felix Chi - February 16, 2015

Many people spend more time in their office than their living room. Whether you work in a cubicle or at a spacious home office, you can design your workspace so that it encourages productivity and peace of mind.

Here at Peak Seven, we’ve just renovated our offices to increase the flow of ideas and create a more appealing environment. We’ve knocked a hole to connect our two offices into one, so that everyone can share the same brain space. We’re also adding a foosball table for a little fun and levity – taking breaks now and then is an essential component of progress.

You can also use the art of design to enhance your creative flow. It’s not necessary to spend a fortune on a major overhaul; just a few small changes can really make a difference.

1. Use color correctly. Certain colors influence people universally – just think of the woman in the red dress. Color psychologists have determined that blue stimulates the brain, red affects your body, yellow makes you more creative, and green has a calming effect. The intensity of the hue also matters: pastels are more relaxing, while bright tones are stimulating. Painting your entire office neon yellow is probably not the best idea to stimulate creativity – instead, choose a pop of color with accent pieces.

2. Bring the outdoors inside. Studies have shown that simply having a potted plant on your desk can improve cognitive attention and increase productivity. Plants also filter the air, removing mold and bacteria and generating oxygen. Try some lucky bamboo, a pot of succulents, or a sweet smelling peppermint plant.

3. Adjust your ergonomics. Sitting all day while you work has been linked to a higher risk of disease and even mental health problems. But for many office workers, it can be hard to avoid. Start by improving your workspace ergonomics. Consider the height of your computer monitor, desk and chair. With your hands at the keyboard, your upper arms should be perpendicular to the floor and your wrists should be almost straight. Your thighs should be parallel to the floor, and all of your most-used supplies should be within easy reach. You should be looking neither up or down at your monitor, but straight ahead.

4. Create space to walk around. Being attached to your desk can make you feel sluggish and stuck. Take a regular 20-minute walk to un-stick your brain during the early afternoon energy slump, instead of the usual sugary snack. Have an alternate workspace that you can use to shake things up, like a kitchen table, coffee shop, or chair by the window for brainstorming sessions.

5. Declutter your junk. Being organized with your digital life as well as your physical surroundings helps reduce anxiety. Knowing where things are will save you time and frustration in the long run. Use a filing system that works for you, including an inbox that you sort through frequently.

6. Make it fun with office supplies that you love. Whether you want an Office Space-style Swingline Stapler or a cup full of colored gel pens, using supplies that make you smile is an easy way to enhance your workday. What school supplies did you love as a child? Use pretty highlighters, colored folders, and striped paperclips to add some levity to your workday.

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