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Expert Shares 8 Office Decor and Work Habit Tips to Improve Productivity

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There has been a significant rise in office workers adapting to flexible work arrangements over the past few years, from fully remote to a hybrid work setup, with monthly searches for “work from home” reaching over 348.7K globally and 15.9K global monthly searches for “hybrid work”.

This emphasises the need for cultivating an efficient work environment at home and in the office that can optimise productivity and comfort for a better work-life balance.

Office furniture expert Tyler Austin, product and business development manager at BuyDirectOnline shares his tips on how to optimise your home office desk space to boost productivity. Feng Shui expert Inbaal Honigman also shares her insight on how to break negative work habits through a carefully thought-out workspace.

How to optimise workspaces at home to improve productivity

Tyler shares: “The work-from-home environment differs immensely from that of a traditional office space, which makes it even more important to consider how you utilise your workspace. Having the right equipment and furniture that can provide the support needed on a day-to-day basis is so beneficial, especially for individuals who spend prolonged periods sitting or working at desks.”

1. Keep your work area clean and organised using space-saving hacks

Accessorising with space-saving features can optimise the use of your desk space, whether it’s in the office or at home. Tyler shares that using space-saving features like a desk organiser, or under-desk storage bins can make a huge difference in keeping things neat and less cluttered, allowing you to have more room to breathe and keep a clear mind. Desk organisers are useful for ensuring that important items like documents and gadgets are kept well-maintained but still within reach as and when needed, saving time and keeping things more efficient.

2. Opt for ergonomic furniture for comfortability and better posture 

Prioritising comfort can really go a long way when it comes to choosing your office furniture, especially for those who spend a large fraction of time sitting and working away at their desks. Ergonomic furniture certainly goes beyond just your adjustable desk or chairs; it can also mean making way for additional features such as a laptop stand to keep your computer monitor or laptop at the right eye level to prevent neck strain or having a footrest to keep your feet and lower body supported.

While there is now a large variety of ergonomic furniture to choose from, it is important to ensure that you choose the ones that fit your needs, Tyler adds.

3. Personalise your desk space to your liking

While a clean and well-organised desk can contribute greatly to improving daily productivity, this doesn’t mean that your desk set-up has to be plain and boring. In fact, adding your personal touch to your workspace – whether it’s a simple photo on your desk, your favourite plant, or following a desk aesthetic trend – can inspire creativity, improve mood, and boost motivation.

The importance of having a good routine before a full day of working

Feng Shui expert Inbaal shares: “An organised workstation is a great start for productivity, but for the effective flow of energy, it’s best if your whole environment is optimised. Work on improving your general outlook and approach to working at home. Don’t just roll out of bed and plonk into your workstation. Leave enough time to wake up gently, inhale and exhale deeply, shower, and get dressed as if you are going ‘into work’. Before you settle down, tidy around the space, open a window to let in some fresh air, and take a moment to balance your thoughts.”

Inbaal also shares her 5 Feng Shui workspace decorating tips for WFH employees:

1. Face your workspace towards the east

Whether it’s a separate home office or an allocated part of a room, having a dedicated workspace in your home is essential for productivity, as this allows for creating the best type of energy flow, says Inbaal. Additionally, facing your work area towards the east makes for good feng shui, with luck and prosperity residing in this direction.

Inbaal also suggests facing your desk or workstation at an angle towards the door, but not directly in front. This direction is known as the “command” position, and it gives the person and the desk a position of power, which is beneficial for business interactions. But don’t place your desk facing the corner of the room, as it can compromise safety.

2. Keep your workspace away from the bedroom

Many of us are certainly guilty of this habit, but Inbaal suggests avoiding balancing a laptop on the bed in place of a workstation, as this is not ideal for work productivity and even worse for sleep. Electronics in the bedroom create disruptive energy, making it difficult to wind down at bedtime.

The bedroom is a space for rest; therefore, setting up your workspace here can result in a slow, lethargic work pace. Work areas benefit from a dynamic, creative, and focused atmosphere, and this is incompatible with the natural energy of a bedroom, which is more for relaxing. Furthermore, Tyler reiterates the importance of a dedicated workspace and customising it with the right equipment that will keep you supported and motivated when working long hours.

3. Surround your workspace with fiery colours to boost motivation and success

Fiery colours encourage productivity, like the colour red. This is a dynamic colour that invokes passion and success, and adding red accents to the room can help with staying motivated, which is beneficial for meeting deadlines. Orange is a colour for creativity, so opting for furnishings, like a desk or chair, in this shade can improve your creative output.

Airy colours, on the other hand, can improve mental clarity, making them ideal for individuals with jobs that involve writing or communication. For those who work in creative sectors or problem-solving, painting your walls green can encourage ideation.

4. Avoid mirrored items and cactus plants on your desk 

Mirrors are a great help in Feng Shui, as they can direct the energy in the right direction. However, they can also redirect the energy in a weird direction if they are not placed intentionally. So, avoid mirrored desk items like Newton’s Cradle or mirror-ball pen toppers in your workspace.

According to Inbaal, desk plants are also a great addition to the workspace, especially when they are placed in the “wealth corner” on the far left area of the desk. Opt for lucky bamboo, which brings prosperity, and steer away from a cactus, as this can disrupt the flow of chi.

5. Keep your desk space tidy for more efficient work productivity 

Keeping your work area free of obstructions is beneficial for maintaining efficiency. Try to implement positive cleaning habits such as creating a “touch once” strategy; for example, when a bill comes in, pay it and shred it. Bin anything broken or discarded, like pen lids, crushed memory sticks, or snack wrappers, and avoid keeping piles of untended papers.

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