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5 WAYS TO OPTIMIZE YOUR WORKSPACE FOR PRODUCTIVITY AND CREATIVITY

5 WAYS TO OPTIMIZE YOUR WORKSPACE FOR PRODUCTIVITY AND CREATIVITY
Issue Time:2017-07-26

5 WAYS TO OPTIMIZE YOUR WORKSPACE FOR PRODUCTIVITY AND CREATIVITY


When redesigning your desk or home office, in order to optimize your productivity, creativity, and focus, you need to follow some rules, says design psychologist Sally Augustin. Here are some suggestion from her.

 

1. Pick the best color palette for the type of work you do.


“If you do more knowledge work, like in an office setting, it is important to be relaxed so you should opt for soothing blue shades,” says Augustin. “If your work is more active, red offers a good burst of strength.”



 

2. Make your space easy to adjust on a day-to-day basis.


“People love to have the option of customizing their work experience,” Augustin says. “If they can adjust the lights, their chair, or even move the furniture around whenever they want to, it gives them a sense of control and confidence.”



 

3. Lighting is more important than you think.

Natural light boosts our mood and our performance, according to Augustin. “In any work environment, you’re trying to elevate people’s moods,” she says. “And that means the more natural light, the better.”

 



4. Add some living creatures.


Believe it or not, looking at plants and fish tanks can help you think more creatively. Having plants in your immediate surroundings is linked to improved performance, says Augustin. Fish, whether they’re in a small fishbowl or larger tank, can provide a sense of calm that might aid your ability to focus and stay stress-free.



 

5. Move away from maximalism.


“Moderate levels of visual complexity are great: they give your mind something to do without being too busy and time consuming,” Augustin says. Try to cut back on room decorations, accent furniture, and any clutter. Remember, when it comes to your interior design: not too little, not too much, just right.






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