How to Increase Your Productivity by Improving Your Workplace – Part 1

Your workplace is your productivity centre. When productivity begins to wane, consider looking at your home office for the cause. A few small changes can make all the difference.

Distractions
Is there a TV in your home office? If so, consider getting rid of it. It’s a likely distraction. Additionally, while having several monitors and computers may seem like a productivity enhancer, it can also be distracting – particularly if one computer monitor has email or a social networking site up on it. Evaluate what you REALLY need in your home office and scale down if possible.

Of course people can be a distraction too. If you’re constantly bombarded by visitors, phone calls or text messages consider turning these items off or hang a “do not disturb” sign on your door.

How Comfortable Are You?
If you’re uncomfortable in your home office you’re going to be fidgety and distracted. Many things contribute to your comfort level. For example, is your office chair supportive? Do you have a comfortable place to rest your feet? Is your desktop too tall or too short?

What about the temperature in your home office? Too hot or too cold and you may spend time feeling sluggish or shivery.

Look out for part 2 of this article which will give you 3 more top tips.