Workspace layouts matter, whether you work from home, in the corner office with the window or from a dynamically serviced office space that is rented on a long or short term basis, much of your business success and productivity is tied to your ability to focus for long periods of time.
Distractions can come in many forms, and some of us are more resilient to them than others. This makes organising your workspace essential. Especially if you want to rein in those fast-moving thought-processes a little.
Remove clutter from your desk
During the hectic pace of the day, week or month, it can be easy to let artefacts build up on your desk. You might think that this has no effect on your productivity, but it does. Clutter makes it difficult to stay organised, both in your thoughts and your activities; and it goes without saying that it can be unhygienic. So take some time each day to move those used mugs, organise those documents, and to keep your desk clear and clutter-free.
Ensure a comfortable climate
Sorry to say, the human mind looks for excuses not to be productive. The temperature is slightly off, there is a draft coming through the window, the chair is too low or uncomfortable. These are but a few of the excuses you could come up with not to work to your potential. So, before sitting down to do some work, ensure that every distraction in your work environment is nowhere to be seen.
Turn off your phone, and block those troublesomely tempting and time-wasting websites that you start your day on. Instead, turn them off or hand a ‘do-not-disturb’ sign outside your office window. Distractions can quickly become an excuse to procrastinate, so make it part of your routine to eliminate them before you begin working.
Forget those lofty dreams of powering through your nine-to-five in one fluid motion. As a human, your capabilities are limited. To ensure maximum productivity, set yourself a rigid schedule of work hours. Be sure to include breaks, and keep to the schedule. Many offices pace researchers actually recommend using a timer to do this.
Holding on to fleeting thoughts
A massive distraction for many workers is the arrival of sudden ideas. And the resultant need to hang on to them. This might cause you to abandon your current objective to work on your new thought. This is essentially not going to get you anywhere. So, give these new ideas the respect they are due. And don’t worry about keeping a notebook for ideas that you can work on at another time.
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