A personal office space should be just that–personal. Customize your office to account for your own idiosyncrasies so you feel more at ease and can get more work accomplished. Here are a few tips that will help you create an effective and comfortable work space.
There's a wealth of studies that show the mental health benefits of natural light–arrange your workspace to take advantage of it! If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer monitor, minimize glare by positioning the monitor alongside windows instead of in front or behind them. If you plan on working late nights in the office, invest in good lighting to keep from straining your eyes. Certain "smart" lights adjust their brightness as the room gets darker or lighter to help your eyes adapt.
Have a lot of papers to file? Find the appropriate storage containers for your needs and plan ahead–don't let a shortage of storage allow clutter to build up. Think about how much stuff you keep and how much you dispose of every year and then allot ample space for archiving important documents and other items you know you'll keep.
Speaking of clutter, try to minimize the amount of untidy cables, cords, plugs and other visual distractions immediately around your workspace. Your attention is valuable! Give your eyes as few reasons to wander as you can.
Pull up a seat
Even if you're on a tight budget and don't want to buy a bunch of new furniture for your personal office, you should still do your body a favor and splurge on a comfortable, adjustable chair. The more points of adjustment, the better. Your back will thank you later for the lumbar support and other ergonomic features, and your future chiropractor will curse your name.
Green productivity machine
You don't have to just look at nature through the window–bring some inside! Introducing natural elements into your office provides more than simple aesthetic benefits. One study found that after bringing in one plant per square meter, memory and other basic cognitive functions improved. Plants are also good for your lungs; ferns and other leafy plants can improve the air quality of the room. Just remember to take care of your new plants! Check the top inch of soil. If it’s dry, it’s probably time to water.
Display your accomplishments
You’ve worked hard to get where you are so why not have some reminders on display? Consider adding a Vantage display case to showcase your awards, certificates, diplomas. Or even add family pictures or plants to the mix. The key is surrounding yourself with visuals that encourage your own kind of personal positivity.