Tips to Zen Your Workspace
Flexi working has become the norm for many of us, and our environment has a surprisingly powerful impact on our stress levels and wellbeing. Whether you are working from the office or home, it’s important to have a calm, clutter- free and productive workspace. British interior designer Benji Lewis from Zoom That Room shares inspirational tips and creativity on how to supercharge your working day.
The simple tips are:
1. Lighting – ”If your work time takes place during daylight hours, try and arrange that your work station has natural light, but back this up with artificial desk light so that you’re never lacking on the light front – winter afternoons can be brutal.
2. Colour Coordinate – “If you want a calm relaxing environment to keep the stress levels down calm colours like blue is great, a splash of yellow is ideal to get the creative juices flowing and pink suggests a warm welcome, it’s remarkably adaptable and works well with other warm tones like red or orange.”
3. Go Green - ”Plants not only brighten up the room but they have so many other benefits, they bring in moisture, help clean indoor air, reduce anxiety and stress and boost productivity. My favourites include geraniums which have a natural lemon scent or Devil’s Ivy as it’s small and adapts well to low or bright conditions.”
4. Keep it simple – “keep your desk clean and de-cluttered, choose carefully what’s on your desk keep it minimal but anything you choose ensure it inspires great memories, positive emotions and it’s inspirational. Less is always more. Get into a habit of clearing your desk at the end of everyday so it’s clear and calm for the next day.”
6. Zone your spaces – ”a way to indicate that an area is for downtime is to zone your space, this could be via a new furniture layout if required. For example, it might be to add a rug to that area – a soft surface under the foot for that end of the day feeling of comfort.”
7. Ensure that your comfort is really worked out – ”ensure that you have a desk chair that supports you appropriately – nobody wants back pain; for the end of the day try and find a really comfortable armchair, but keep it neat – big scrolly arms and large additional back cushions can look a mess. A comfortable seat and a couple of scatter cushions should suffice.”