Published 06 September 2016 Category: Compass Tips, Workplace

5 ways to rethink your desk for success

Ah, the desk. The work desk harbors not only your computer, mobile, pens and never ending collection of messy papers, but it’s also the place where you do all your work, take phone calls, eat – and for some – squeeze in a catnap.

For that reason, the desk is probably the most worthwhile area to rethink when you’re struggling with your mood and productivity, as it’s where you spend an estimated 90% of the day. Whether you have a semi-permanent desk, a rotating desk or shared desk space, the desk shapes most of your day. Want to accomplish more during the day with a better attitude? Rethink your idea of the work desk.

  1. Change your desk chair.

One of the easiest ways to change the way you engage with your desk? Simply change where and how you’re sitting.  Substitute your chair for an exercise ball. When you sit on an exercise ball, your body will automatically readjust itself to utilize muscles that you otherwise wouldn’t use. Using yoga or exercise balls improves your posture and creates a better sense of balance.

For kinesthetic learners, or people who learn best over physical activity, bouncing on an exercise ball may help stimulate ideas and thoughts. How’s that for thinking your way out of a problem?

  1. Consider a standing desk.

There’s a reason why a “desk job” is called just that. If your job requires you to sit all day chained to your desk, this can be damaging to your body. Numerous studies show that being sedentary all day increases your chances of being overweight and is generally bad for your health.

That’s where a standing desk comes in. Ideally you should get a standing desk that also enables you to sit for a few hours, something where the height is adjustable or you can perch comfortably with a stool. What are the benefits of a standing desk? You can burn calories, increase your metabolism and best of all, studies have shown that standing desks boost productivity. In a 2014 study published in the journal IIE Transcations on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, there were cited cases where a “standing desk improves basic cognitive functioning via enhancements in the frontal regions of the brain.

  1. Eliminate clutter from your desk.  

A cluttered office desk is not only an eye sore but could also potentially limit your productivity. With business cards  laying around (from meetings you don’t remember), sticky-notes with scribbles, files everywhere and the occasional snack, searching for things in a sea of mess takes time and energy.

By cleaning your desk and removing all miscellaneous items, you not only clear your mind but you can shift your focus to the immediate task at hand, thereby increasing your productivity.  

  1. Eliminate clutter from your computer desktop.

The one thing everyone has on their desk:  a laptop or desktop. While it’s essential nowadays to work using a computer, it can also provide endless amounts of procrastination opportunities – even after you’ve cleaned your desktop! What’s the best way to eliminate these distractions? Have your computer desktop mirror your now (clean) desk.  

Get rid of the unused documents on your desktop, change your wallpaper to something simple, and remove icons and programs that you don’t use. Find what you need, when you need it.

  1. Explore basic Feng Shui principles

Whether or not you believe in certain aspects of Feng Shui is irrelevant; some basic facets of Feng Shui simply make sense. If you don’t want to get into the principles of the Bagua (the center of the universe and how you can position certain things on your desk), some things are easier to approach.

Feng Shuit asks you to explore everything from your desk shape –  rectangle, circle or curved –  to the desk material, color, proportion and where it is located in the door.

All these things contribute in some way to productivity and happiness, so do some research to Feng Shui your desk into success!