Your work desk at home is where you settle that monthly bill, where important decisions are made and basically where you get most work done. But are you getting the most out of it?
Research throughout the years shows that proper workstation ergonomics improves productivity. By designing a workstation that allows less exertion, fewer motions, better posture, compatible heights and reaches, your work becomes more efficient, and your productivity will increase.
Here are some things you might want to go through and change not only to have a healthy working setup but also to improve your productivity.
Your office chair
The most basic and most obvious thing you might want to upgrade is a comfortable place to sit. An uncomfortable seat can take the focus away from your work affecting your productivity. Your office chair should be comfy enough, after all, you are spending hours at a time sitting on it. Armrests should also be available for when you’re having a break from all that writing or typing. Adjustable seat height and backrest height is also a good idea, after all, unless it’s personalized, it’s hard to find a seat that’s perfect for you.
Thankfully, a wide array of ergonomic chairs are available in the market for you to quickly choose from.
Having a too high or too low office desk can give you back, shoulder and even eye strain. Your desk should have just the proper height that is compatible with your office chair and your desktop monitor. Sounds like a pain planning right? Thankfully, there are many available sources online that offers a workstation planner to help you plan the proper seat and desk height.
Your desk should also provide not just a space but a strategically planned space for your monitor, keyboard, mouse and other office supplies. Incorrect positioning of your things can result in awkward postures. Your mouse and keyboard height should be at a height that keeps your arms at a 90-degree angle, preventing your wrists from bending while typing.
Your office equipment
Your office equipment can cut down repetitive motions and make your work easier and more efficient. Choosing not just any keyboard but an ergonomic one can help you type and do your job faster. Computer monitors that reduce eye strain will help you focus on your screen for more extended periods of time. And an ergonomically designed mouse can mitigate repetitive movements that can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Investing time and researching what desk tools are ergonomically useful for you will do your health and productivity good in the long run.
What good is a good desk setup if you’re in a dark, closed space that depletes your motivation to work? Office lighting matters and plays an integral part in your motivation. In fact, having good lighting has been found out to improve mood, energy, and productivity. Dim lighting causes drowsiness and lack of focus, which negatively affects your work. On the other hand, harsh light can also cause you eye strain that can trigger migraines.
The best alternative there is is natural lighting itself. But what if you don’t have access to natural light? Thankfully, innovative bulbs and modern table lamps that mimic the color temperature and intensity of daylight are available in the market. Having good lighting might just what it takes for you to complete that productive workspace.