We often focus on productivity here at 10 Tips, not least because it is something that we feel many people overlook even though it can make a big difference for relatively little effort. We’ve covered tips and techniques in the past that cover all sorts of different approaches, but today, it’s the turn of your environment to receive a boost. It can make a massive difference too – think of it as the next step up from ‘clear desk, clear mind’. Anyway, without further ado, let’s get into the tips so you can spend more time being productive and less on reading!
1. Start by Ensuring Everything is Clean
Nothing drags you down quite like dirt and dust. The worst part is, it’s one of those jobs that never ends. You can spend an hour eliminating every trace from a room, and a week later, it’s back and worse than ever before! As you may have heard, cleaning also ranks among the most common procrastination techniques. If you need to do something meaningful, grabbing a duster feels like a more comfortable alternative. If you get the place tidy and stay on top of it going forward, you can kill two productivity birds with one stone.
2. Ensure Everything Has a Place
When we put these features together, we often think about productivity in the context of work, but it makes a genuine difference no matter what you do. Anything that requires time and effort can benefit from better productivity, whether you’re cooking, knitting or building. This tip proves that, as it’s equally relevant to everyone.
Essentially, we work on the principle that if everything has a place, it’s easy to find. If you know where to lay your hands on something immediately, you won’t waste time looking. As well as convenience, this tip will also ensure that you feel in control. When everything goes to plan, it stands a far better chance of going smoothly, and you won’t lose time fixing mistakes or dealing with the unexpected.
3. Take Time to Declutter
You might find when you work on tip 2 that some things simply don’t have a place in the room. If that’s the case, should they be in there? We’ve explored decluttering in more detail elsewhere on the site, but the short version is that if something can’t find a home, then chances are you don’t need it. The less stuff you have, the less there is to tidy and sift through when you can’t find something. Decide whether you need it or not and make any changes required to get things straight.
4. Repaint the Walls
If you work in a rented property or haven’t changed things since you moved in, we’d guess that there’s a good chance that the walls are white. That’s clean, neutral and inoffensive, but not ideal for the most productive environment. The colour you go for is down to you, with our advice being that you should go for any colour but white!
5. Get the Natural Light Right
If you want to do something productive, some rooms won’t help. If you do things at home, resist the temptation to turn the attic into a hobby room as the lack of light will impact negatively on your mindset. However, even if you can check windows off your list of demands, your responsibilities don’t end there.
Too much and too little light can also have an impact. In the first case, you’ll have too much energy but only for a specified period. This can lead to burnout. In the latter case, you won’t have enough energy to sustain you.
6. Use Full-Spectrum Lighting for Your Artificial Light
No matter how you get on with natural light, you’ll need artificial light too. Unless you live in a very specific location, the sun doesn’t shine all day and all night and we don’t live in the days before electricity, so it’s not like productivity has to cease when the sun goes down.
Ideally, you want three sources of light in a room. With that said, there is no significant difference between those that work with a ceiling light and those that combine it with a lamp. Three light sources prove to be optimal, but they’re not essential.
What you should do is avoid fluorescent light. Full-spectrum light illuminates the space and keeps energy levels up. Fluorescent lights are out simply because they do not achieve this.
7. Ensure Your Furniture is Comfortable
Time spent readjusting, getting up for a walk or stretching out is time that isn’t spent on achieving your goals. You need to ensure that you have furniture that is a pleasure to work at for long periods. The seat is perhaps the most crucial element of all, as that can have long-term impacts on your posture and overall wellbeing. However, something as seemingly unimportant as a desk being too high or a drawer just being out of reach can also miss the desired effect.
8. Introduce Some Greenery
We have spoken many times on the value of greenery in indoor spaces, and they can help with productivity on top of all the other benefits. When it comes to productivity, the look is more important than anything else, so feel free to take your pick between real plants and artificial ones that look real – just ensure that you keep artificial ones clean as per our first tip.
9. Boost Your Creativity with Artwork
The benefits of wall art are underrated in all sorts of ways, but we would highly recommend introducing it into your productivity room. You can’t produce if you’re short on ideas, so keep them flowing with creative pieces by you or anyone else.
10. Boost Your Energy with Personal Effects
Some say that sentimental items contain the positive energy you experienced when you acquired them. Even if you don’t believe that, you’ll make your room feel much more comfortable with their introduction. This is one of those ‘might as well tips’, ideal for anyone that wants to take every step they possibly can to become as productive as possible.