7 tips to create a productive workspace
In a world where technology grows and penetrate our lives more everyday, being productive has become increasingly harder. Whether it is studying or working, there are things that we just need to get done but, how can we isolate ourselves from distractions that cram our environment?
I have gathered 7 tips that help me everyday with my productivity:
Our brain generates a response, sometimes unconsciously, from what our body perceives, some elements around us make us fell comfortable or all the opposite. Take a moment to evaluate what surrounds you, whether you work from home or at an office. Even small details, that otherwise we would think are meaningless, like the color of the walls, can make an impact in our mood and hence in our productivity. Also, make sure there’s no noise or any other disturbance that might make you lose your concentration.
Music to boost inspiration and creativity
Create a playlist or use a streaming service such as Spotify to listen to those tunes that help you focus. It doesn’t have to be classical music if you don’t like it. Just find the melodies that make you feel good and energized. I usually choose the type of music according to the task I’m working on at the moment. Sometimes I need vigorous and kind of epic music (soundtracks are a great option) and sometimes I need soothing and relaxing music.
Protect your body
Buy a comfortable desk adjusted to the needs of your job, as well as an ergonomic chair, it’s really annoying to actually want to keep working but finding that the back or neck pain won’t allow it. Not to mention this is a total inspiration-killer.
Similarly, take care of your eyes. Prioritize natural daylight whenever possible and sit where it doesn’t hit your face directly. At night, you can use a monitor light calibration tool as f.lux, which automatically sets the brightness of your screen depending on the hour of the day. I promise your eyes will thank you for this.
Make use of the cloud
Don’t miss opportunities to display your work or waste time because you forgot your files in your computer. Use a cloud storage service such as Google Drive or Apple’s iCloud. This will allow you to work from anywhere at anytime.
Priorities, priorities, priorities!
One of the key elements to achieve a higher level of productivity is… that’s right, Priorities. If you’re working on a large project, split in small sections and set goals for the day, week or month. Keep in mind that these goals must remain realistic or you could lose motivation!
Use tools such as Trello, which is basically a digital board where you can create checklists, notes, upload files and images, among many other things. If you’re working with a team you can share your Trello boards and cards with Slack, a real-time messaging app to communicate with all the team members and manage all kind of projects.
Take a break
When you feel you can’t keep going and your mind is exhausted, it’s time for a break. Take a walk, drink some coffee or do a couple of stretches. What results imperative is to take your eyes off of the screen or whatever you’re doing for a few minutes. You’ll see everything with fresh eyes when you get back to it.
Fight the Analysis-Paralysis
Every time we google anything, thousand of results appear in front of our eyes, at the reach of a click, one link takes us to another, one search or article links us to another article and so on and so forth; before we even realize it, we have been reading about what we want to do without actually doing anything!
Analysis-Paralysis is reading, searching, watching tutorials and overloading yourself with information with zero results of actual work done. We are so overwhelmed with information that we lose motivation and even inspiration.
So, what can we do to fight this analysis-paralysis phenomenon?
Limit the number of resources you will be using. Read a couple of articles and watch only a couple of videos. Just let creativity flow! Forget about perfectionism and just experiment yourself with whatever you’re trying to do. After all, if something doesn’t work at least you will have the experience and you can just try again! So, google a little less and do a lot more!
If you try any of this and feel it works, tell me about it! Do you have better ideas that I might have missed? If you have some tips I could use, please leave them at the comments section below!