Have you ever wondered what inspires a person’s best work? These nine tips will help you cultivate creativity, spark joy and be more productive at work.
1. Clear it out
Behavioural procrastination tendencies can be caused by having too much “stuff”.1 Declutter your workspace to enable greater productivity. Use storage boxes to neatly pack items away and always keep a paper-sized free space on your dominant side clear to make it easier to review documents.
2. Play with colours
Use colours to brighten up your space. Colours can evoke different emotions and help positively influence your mood. Orange represents energy and excitement, blue represents peace and serenity, green represents nature and prosperity, and so on.
3. Build a vision board
Visualisation is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do.2 Create a small vision board to keep at your desk which focuses on how you want to feel, as well as what you want to achieve.
4. Decorate with plants
Keep a plant on your desk to help elevate your mood. A study by the University of Technology Sydney found that having plants in the office reduced stress among workers, including a 37% fall in reported tension and anxiety, a 58% drop in depression, a 44% decrease in hostility and a 38% reduction in fatigue.3
5. Keep everything close
Store your most used tools in your top drawer for convenience. These usually include an array of stationery items such as pens, pencils, highlighters, paper clips, index cards and anything else you’d use on a daily basis.
6. Structure your ideas
Sticky notes are a convenient and versatile tool for brainstorming and remembering important tasks. Use them to help capture short notes and map out ideas.
7. Stay fuelled
Snacking can increase concentration and improve your mood. Individually wrapped snacks are a convenient option for that much-needed energy boost, allowing you to control the amount you eat.
8. Block out distractions
Earphones can do wonders in open plan office environments. Use earphones to block out noise or listen to music for better concentration. They also allow you to take calls and attend online meetings with ease.
At the end of each day, make it a habit to wipe down your desk, screen, mouse and keyboard surfaces with antibacterial wipes to get rid of dust, dirt and bacteria.
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A study by the University of Technology Sydney found that having plants in the office reduced stress among workers, including a 37% fall in reported tension and anxiety.
1Ferrari, J.R., Roster, C.A., Crum, K.P., Pardo, M. A., 2018, ‘Procrastinators and Clutter: An Ecological View of Living with Excessive ‘Stuff’”, accessible: <https://www.researchgate.net/publication/325102553
2Rider, E. 2017, ‘The Reason Vision Boards Work and How to Make One’, <https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-scientific-reason-why_b_6392274>
2Chignell, B., 2018, ‘Seven benefits of having plants in your office’, <https://www.ciphr.com/advice/plants-in-the-office/>