Would you like to have a more comfortable and efficient workstation? Are you looking to be more active during your office working hours and spend less time seated? Would you prefer to have a more organised and tidy desk? Do you wish to hold a better posture? If your answer is “yes” to all these questions then that’s a great step to get closer in improving your quality of life. Let’s start with introducing you to the best tips on how to achieve a more productive and organised workstation.
Tips on how to have a clear desk & boost productivity
Start to declutter your desk and give it a good dust as there’s nothing worse than to start with a messy and dusty desk. It is very important to keep your desk minimalistic to allow free movement and to have a more focused mind to increase productivity.
Only keep the stationary and any other things which you use the most within reach. What I personally find useful to be on my desk is a small desk organiser to put in my sticky notes, a note pad, a few pens, pencils and highlighters, a rubber, a sharpener, a Tipp-ex correction tape, my phone and some other needed items. Every other stationary is stored in my desk drawers and on top of my bookshelves. I also have a lamp, a laptop (which is placed on a very strong and stable aluminium stand), a wireless keyboard, a mouse and a weekly organiser.
Ensure that your workstation is comfortable and that the computer/laptop is at the right height. This is also a way to avoid looking down and placing an unnecessary strain on the spine. I have two desks in my room, one for standing up and the other one for sitting and of course the height at which my laptop is placed also depends on that. I have decided to spend quite a lot of money on my workstation as I work from home and looking after my health is one of my priorities. I believe that having two desks has definitely improved my posture and my overall health. Of course just having an adjustable standing desk is enough but as I loved my first desk I decided to buy another cheaper one and place my standing desk converter on top of that.
Another way to ensure that your laptop or computer is at the ideal height is to place it on a heavy duty monitor riser, an aluminium laptop stand or on a premium acrylic monitor stand. I have listed a few according to people’s taste but down below I have a complete description and names of the ones I personally use.
A great tip to boost productivity is to have your workstation next to a window so that you can gaze out of it with ease and to make your workplace bright and airy. This is a good strategy not only to encourage alertness and keep yourself motivated but also it is a good way to look after your health by giving your eyes a brief break from the computer screen. The 20, 20, 20 rule is the most advised method which consists of taking a break from looking at the computer every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds looking at something that is 20 feet away (which is about 7 metres).
Having plants in your workplace or home office is a fantastic strategy for increasing productivity as it decreases stress, cleans the air and surprisingly they reduce noise by absorbing sounds. Usually for better results it has been advised by many experts to have bigger healthy plants with fleshy and thick leaves. Plants are also aesthetically pleasant so they are definitely worth it to invest in.
Why is it important to have a standing up desk?
The risk of a sedentary lifestyle
We spend most of our days in work and if our job involves sitting down for 8-10 hours a day or even more than this can be a huge risk to our mental and physical well-being. It has been proven by many researchers that it doesn’t matter how many hours you exercise, it cannot undo the damage of inactivity to our mental and physical well-being. A sedentary lifestyle slows down your metabolism, it will increase your blood glucose level, weakens the muscles and the joints leading to diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis etc. Human beings were designed for movement, to run, climb, walk long distances and definitely not meant to sit down in one position for hours most of the day. Having a standing desk will help reduce blood pressure, avoid muscle degeneration, increase blood flow to the brain and minimise neck, back and knee pain. Of course it is crucial that you don’t stand all day as too much of anything can be harmful for your health. What I find very beneficial is to stand for 30 minutes and sit for 30 minutes in an hour of working. That way I can move around when I stand and stretch my body and I can rest whilst I am seated. Balance is the key for everything in life so make sure that you always keep that in mind.
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Products purchased to create my comfortable & productive office set up:
Vinsetto reclining home office presidential chair: This ergonomic chair has been one of my favourite purchases as it really improved my posture and I don't have back pain anymore which I used to get with my previous office chair. It is a very comfortable chair with a support adjustable rolling swivel with headrest, armrest and footrest. Lastly, what I really love about it is how high the back support is and it is padded with a high-density sponge which makes it very comfortable to sit on for a longer period of time.
Huano adjustable foot rest: this ergonomic non-slip footrest for the office has two optional foot cushions to adapt to your needs. It is great to improve posture (avoiding back pain, shoulder etc) and blood circulation in your feet and legs. Click or tap here to check it out.
Healeg anti-fatigue mat for office: this mat is the last office purchase I made and I honestly wasn’t aware that it even existed until I bought a standing desk. I discovered it while watching this woman's YouTube video working at her standing desk and using this particular mat. She also mentioned the benefits of having it such as reducing tension and stresses on the legs and feet increasing blood circulation. It is also a great tool to improve concentration and productivity as it gives your workstation the comfort needed. Click or tap here to check it out.
Bamboo desk: this is one of my favourite purchases from IKEA and I love the design of it which is simple but at the same time stylish and functional. I also love the size which is not too big and not too small. The bamboo colour and the white of the slightly splayed legs gives it a modern interesting touch. Click or tap here if you would like to check it out.
Fenge standing desk converter: this ergonomic desk is height adjustable from 6 to 40 cm so that it can be used from a sitting or standing position. It has got great stability and strength and it is eco-friendly with a modern look. Affordable in comparison to some other standing desks and really worth it in the long run considering the health benefits that come with it. Click or tap here to check it out.
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