How to Create a Highly Productive Workspace

Whether you’re in need of a place to study late at night, a hobbyist looking to focus on your skills, or a professional working from home, we all need a place that is conducive towards productivity. This means a comfortable space with limited distraction that allows your creativity to flow and your mind to stay on point. Recognizing the balance between what the work requires and our own preferences is crucial.

Here are a few tips to help guide you as you put together your own space to be highly productive:

Location

If you are in a single room, or with a roommate, your options may be limited. However, even in the smallest room there are a few choices. A good place to start is the window space. Often times, desks and tables are moved away from windows in favor of beds or couches, or sometimes just leaving the space empty, but you may want to rethink this common theme. Putting your desk next to a window can give you an extra boost of stimulation while you work. Working with sunlight can greatly affect your mood and stimulate your productivity. If you are going to be spending a lot of time at your desk, or if you are looking to start spending more time there, this will make your work space a little less claustrophobic and a little more inviting.

Materials

Personally, I find myself putting as much stuff around my desk as possible, but this isn’t necessarily the best course of action. No matter how much space you have, you don’t want your workspace to turn into a clutter of distractions. More often than not, striving for a completely clear desk-space is going to do the most for you. This isn’t always practical, but making an effort to keep a clear space will help keep your from becoming frustrated or distracted from disorganization. Make cleaning your workspace or room part of your routine. Ensuring that it is organized and ready to go ahead of time will spare you some distractions later. Just like a window can help make a space seem more open, keeping your desk clear of clutter will give you the arm space and mental space to work freely.

Helpful Hint: a permanent computer takes up a lot of space. You might consider replacing a larger computer with a smaller laptop or tablet, which will help keep your workspace open and organized.

Comfort

While we have touched on location and organization a bit, making your space comfortable is a whole other beast. It’s a bit too easy to put together a random desk and chair, calling it a day. Keep in mind that, no matter how comfortable your chair is, or how large your desk is, you want them to work together to put less stress on your body. This is achieved by first ensuring that your chair is going to elevate you to the proper height for your desk. Sitting below the table and having your arms reach up to your keyboard is fairly common, but it can wreak havoc on your wrists after a time. Furthermore, if you have to lean forward too often then you will start to develop back pain. You want to be able to sit comfortably, rather than fidgeting to relax your muscles.

Putting the time into creating a workspace that allows you to be comfortable and focused will keep you productive. It is not about exiling yourself into a far distant corner, but rather about making an open and inviting space for yourself. Allowing your mind to feel at ease, avoiding feeling cramped in, and creating a space the represents your own tastes will go a long way towards keeping you focused and on track.