Growing up, when you were in school, we had very little control of our learning environment. Teachers adjusted temperature settings and classroom fung shui according to their liking or to the status quo and we just had to adjust to it. Whether it was the ideal temperature or lighting for our specific needs was out of the question. Well as adults, particularly entrepreneurs of those with the autonomy to create their own work space at home, we get to dictate what the setting looks and feels like.
Heighten your productivity by using these tips to perfect your environment:
- Place a plant on your desk or nearby. It will improve air quality by removing pollutants and releasing fresh oxygen. Also, the color green improves memory and reduces stress.
- Adjust the temperature to your liking. Leaving it too hot or too cold will reduce your concentration.
- Wear comfortable clothing so they do not distract you from your work.
- Keep your desk clutter free. Only keep within reach what is absolutely necessary for the task and get the other stuff out of the way.
- Play classical music or your favorite playlist. Music raises dopamine levels that make you feel happier as you knock out your to-do list.
- Open the blinds. Access to natural light reduces eye strain, drowsiness and improves overall health.
- Put your phone on airplane mode for 15-30 minute intervals so that you have distraction free productivity for different spurts of time. If you can go longer, by all means, do so. If you need to pause and check for messages, give yourself a 5 minute limit before getting back into work mode.
Bonus: Setup your camera up to face you and hit record, then start working. I do this to hold myself accountable. It feels like someone is watching. Also, it occupies my phone so that I am not tempted to use it for other distractions. It gives me an accurate time stamp of how long I was working before hitting the stop button.
When reviewing the recording, pay attention to what catches your attention. Give yourself some comedic relief by laughing at the funny faces you make when you’re focused.
Depending on what kind of content you like to share, it might be something you post snippets of to motivate others on their productivity and to check out your perfectly curated working environment.
Cheers to your productivity!