Choose your office décor colors wisely, keeping
in mind the advice of world-renowned color psychologist Angela Wright. Shades of
blue stimulate clear thought, yellow boosts creativity and lifts spirits, red physiologically
affects the body and elevates one’s pulse, and green creates a sense of calming
But if you don’t have the opportunity to change
the color of your whole office, choose accents in colors that best suit your type
See the Light
study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that natural light significantly
increases energy, creativity and productivity. Researchers at Northwestern University
in Chicago found that study participants who lacked direct sunlight exposure during
the day lost an average of 46 minutes of sleep at night. Not surprisingly, artificial
light leaves people sleepy and stressed. If your desk doesn’t have a direct window
view, you may want to consider finding alternate spaces from which to work for part
of the day. Those who have no choice but to work in a fluorescent environment may
also consider investing in a lamp that imitates natural light.
Smells like Team Spirit
though the most powerful of our senses, is an underutilized tool for boosting productivity.
In Japan, a study found that 54 percent percent of the professional typists studied
made fewer errors when exposed to a lemon scent. Jasmine produced 33 percent fewer
errors, and lavender produced 20 percent fewer errors. In order to create a quick
DIY air freshener, mix water and a few drops of essential oil in a spray bottle
and mist around your workspace.
One With Nature
in a small potted plant for your desk is one of the easiest ways to boost your productivity.
Scientists at the University of Exeter conducted a series of experiments that confirmed
that plants not only improve creativity and overall well-being, they also give your
ability to concentrate and focus a boost, spurring greater productivity. Plants
also help clean the air, removing pollutants and bacteria.
Turn Up the Heat
chilly office could be distracting you from your work! A study from Cornell University
tested the impact of temperature on productivity. Some people believe that a frigid
environment will help keep them alert, but the study found that cool temperatures
are actually detrimental and lower productivity.
Move It, Move It
to the International Management Facility Association, nearly 70 percent of all offices
in America today are open-plan workspaces. While open layouts encourage a great
deal of interaction among team members, many people don’t do their best work or
thinking in a stimulus-filled environment. In order to help counter distraction,
experiment with working from different areas of your office.
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