5 Ways to Be More Productive by Organizing Your Workspace
If you struggle to sit down and instantly start getting things done instead of looking at your email and stats for an hour, you’re like me.
There seems to be some sort of avoidance loop that I go through every time I sit down to try and do my work for the day. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this, and a lot of time trying to overcome my natural tendency to procrastinate.
I could probably write a few hundred pages about all of the different things I’ve read about time management, but today I want focus on one simple thing that I think will help you out…
How to Set Up Your Workspace
For some reason, taking a conscience effort to make my workspace more “productivity friendly” made a huge difference overnight in my ability to sit down and be productive.
Here are five things I recommend you try:
I used to listen to techno/trance music when I would work at my computer and I thought it was really helping me be productive by getting me amped up and feeling awake. Finally, I realized that I was spending a lot more time dancing than actually getting things done. In the last few months, what I’ve really gotten into is zen-type music. My favorite artist for this stuff is Karunesh. Look up some of his stuff. If that’s not your thing, find something that soothes you and helps you actually get work done. For some people, this might be no music at all.
This might sound weird to some of you, but I love smells. I keep several bottle of essential oils at my desk, and I take several 10 second long breaks every hour to just take a deep breath of eucalyptus or spearmint. I love it, it keeps my mind clear, and it rejuvenates me.
Keeping My Desktop Clean
I am talking about my real desktop. When I have nothing on my desk but my monitors, and I keep it dusted, I’m almost excited to sit down and work for some reason. I think most people feel this way. Try cleaning off your desk and you’ll feel the difference.
If you spend as much time as you should working at your computer, your eyes no doubt get red and tired. I have found that putting in a few drops of regular eye lubricant every two hours or so really helps with eye fatigue.
“Daylight” Light Bulbs
This is something I read about somewhere online by chance, and it has helped a lot. I think most people just buy regular light bulbs, which give off that dull, yellow light. I’m not a light waves expert, but I can tell you that after switching to “natural daylight” bulbs, it’s a lot easier to sit in my office and work for hours on end.
What are your favorite ways to stay productive? Leave a comment below…