Workplaces are really important for productivity and happiness
Although you may have a desk job or work mainly from home, your workspace can affect your overall well-being and productivity.
Here, we’ll share with you some tips to create a zen workspace. How to create a zen workspace?
Declutter your space
Clutter is the number one barrier to a Zen workspace. It can create a distracted and unfocused environment.
If you’re working from home, it’s easy to let your desk become a dumping ground for all the things you don’t have time to put away.
- Clean and declutter. This is the first step to creating a zen workspace. You want to ensure that your space is free of clutter, dust, and other debris so that you can work comfortably without worrying about what might be lurking in your desk drawers or on your computer screen.
- Create a weekly cleaning schedule. One of the best ways to maintain a clean and organized workspace is by creating a weekly cleaning schedule for yourself.
- Keep a garbage bin nearby. It’s important to keep this in mind because otherwise, you might end up wasting time looking around for one when it would just be easier if there was already one close by!
- Maintain a clean desk surface area at all times! If possible, try not to let anything accumulate on top of or under the surface areas where you do most of your work. Whether that’s an actual desktop or just part of a larger table like mine.
Choose a quiet spot
As you begin to plan your zen space, look for someplace that is quiet, if possible.
A quiet workspace will be less likely to be disrupted or full of distractions, so it can help you focus better as you work.
If you don’t have a quiet space available, try using a noise-canceling headset or playing white noise or ambient music without lyrics in order to minimize sound disturbances.
Put on headphones
Headphones are a great way to help you focus on your work. If you can listen to music without getting distracted, put on some soothing tunes; avoid anything with lyrics, though, as this can pull your attention away from the task at hand.
This may not be an option depending on what kind of work you do (or if you have roommates or a family), but it’s definitely worth trying out.
If you can’t listen to music, try listening to a podcast or audiobook instead of the radio or television while working (just remember to keep your volume low).
Get a comfy chair
The first step to creating a zen workspace is getting a comfy chair. The right chair will make all the difference to help you avoid chronic back pain.
When choosing your chair, try to select one that is adjustable in both height and angle.
Your ideal chair should allow your waist to be higher than your knees when sitting straight up with your feet flat on the ground. This positioning will prevent any strain from being placed on your lumbar region (or lower back).
The next thing you’ll want is for the chair to support either the lower curve of your spine or backside, depending on how lazy you are feeling that day.
You can find this support by adjusting the tilt of the seat or using a pillow behind you.
Bring in plants and flowers for air purification and a calming effect
Few things are more relaxing than being outside, surrounded by nature.
Plants not only reduce stress by allowing us to connect with the outdoors, but also improve productivity, creativity, concentration, and add a pop of color.
Plants also help to clean the air around you from dust, allergens, toxins, and pollutants. They can even help to absorb high-frequency sounds that cause noise pollution in an office environment!
Not a green thumb? It’s okay. Look for low-maintenance plants like succulents or pothos.
Choose a color scheme
It’s a great idea to choose a color scheme that fits your personality, career, and the room you’re working in (as well as the seasons!).
Cool colors are naturally calming, while warm colors can make you feel energized.
Find the right lighting
Lighting is crucial to creating a zen workspace. For one thing, it affects your mood. Natural light is good for both the body and mind.
So if you have access to windows in your workspace, don’t be afraid to open up the blinds, curtains, or shades during the day.
Natural light is your friend. Natural light is healing and nature-like. Natural light will help you feel more like a human being, not just a human doing. Plus, it’s free! The benefits of natural lighting are numerous, including:
- Better sleep.
- Greater productivity.
A desk lamp can also help if you need a little more illumination in your space. If you’re working with a computer screen, make sure it’s at least 20 inches from your face and adjust its brightness so that it doesn’t strain your eyes.
Keep the room temperature cool, but not too cold. Too warm is worse than too cold
If you can’t control the temperature of your room, bring a sweater and adjust your clothing. There is a physiological reason why cooler temperatures help you focus: cooler temperatures increase alertness while warm temperatures can make you sleepy.
That being said, don’t get caught up in the idea that cold is always better than warm—it’s not. If your workspace is too cold, it can be more distracting than if it were slightly too warm. The optimal temperature for most people is 70 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 26 degrees Celsius).
Get a diffuser
Fragrances are a great way to improve the mood of your workspace. But there’s more to it than burning a candle or spraying air freshener.
It’s important to be safe and considerate when using fragrances in your workspace, since some people may have sensitivities that can cause health problems.
You can use essential oils, which are highly concentrated aromatic essences extracted from plants, instead of candles and artificial scents for peace of mind.
Essential oils are known to reduce stress and help you sleep better, or even boost the immune system by keeping germs at bay.
Also, they tend to be much safer on the environment than other fragrances like candles or sprays because they are natural plant extracts instead of synthetic chemicals. The downside is that they don’t last as long as their synthetic counterparts, but their health benefits make them worthwhile!
Personalize your space with photos of friends and family
- Put up photos of friends and family that make you happy.
- Personalize your space with photos of friends and family. You see these people every day, so why not make them a part of your workspace? Arrange pictures in small groupings or postcards around your desk, or select a few that you can put in a frame. If you’re trying to stay focused on work, avoid images of family members with whom you have a difficult relationship or who remind you of something negative.
- Create an “inspiration” board to keep yourself motivated.
If visuals help keep you inspired, consider making or buying a corkboard where you can post things like pictures of goals (a vacation destination you want to visit someday) as well as quotes and affirmations for when things are stressful.
There are so many little things that can make you feel happy in your workspace and have a good working mood. You don’t need much, just a bunch of small changes that will make you feel comfortable, calm, and productive.
There are many elements that contribute to creating a workspace that promotes creativity and inner peace. So just Start 🚀