04 Dec 7 Tips to Increase Brain Power in the Workplace [Infographic]
Whether you’re a marketer, a small business owner, or a partner reseller, chances are that we all crave for business sales boosts. Although the results depend on your business and marketing strategies, it’s also important to keep working hard and productively all the time. Therefore, you need to reach your full brain potential, and taking care of your mental health is a must.
Believe it or not, the workplace organization matters. Since we spend 1/3 of our lives working, the office environment affects our mood, mental and physical health, and even brain power. Do you want to work smarter, learn new things faster, and think outside the box? Use the following tips to organize your workplace so that it will positively impact your brain power.
1. Take Care of Interior Design
According to the co-founder of Xdesk, Jamie Fertsch: “Your personal workspace is one of the most overlooked factors that affect productivity. Whether it’s rummaging through your drawers to locate an important document or having too many knick-knacks, a clean and efficient desk setup is key to your success.”
It’s not a secret that people have different design preferences. When it comes to interior design, we rely on our ‘wants and needs’. However, if you know the tricks about the ‘right’ design, you can use the psychology of color to improve your brain power. For example, green color improves efficiency and focus.
Thus, you need to think about the placement of all your stuff as a properly-designed workplace can keep you more productive.
2. Set up the Right Physical Environment
The right physical environment affects your mental and physical health, and therefore keeps your mind sharp. From finding the source of natural light to keeping your workplace at the optimal room temperature, there are many ways to make affect your productivity without putting much effort.
Here’s the list of tips:
- 77°F is an optimal room temperature to stay focused and concentrated
- the humidity level should be 30% in the winter and 40-60% in the summer
- your writing desk should be placed in front of the source of natural light
- choose a desk lamp with a cold white light (6000 K) to improve concentration
- air out the room for 5-10 minutes every hour
Creating the physical environment is a must if you want to enhance that environment.
3. Choose Quality Furniture
Not only should your office furniture look good, but it also should be comfortable. The quality of workplace furniture is an important factor for your productivity as it impacts your health. If you have the right furniture (writing desk, office chair, etc.), you can stay productive.
The first step to choosing quality furniture is defining your requirements: buy mobile and functional items only. For example, your office chair should support your lower back and your writing desk should be big enough to place your hands on while writing.
4. Organize Your Writing Desk
If you have a good and comfortable writing desk, that’s great. If you can make the most out of it with the right organization, that’s even better. For example, it’s important to keep your writing desk tidy and declutter it from all things you don’t use daily – notes, books, pens, etc. Before you start working, you need to ensure you have all items you need in the right places. It will help you save time when it comes to searching for a particular item.
5. Get Rid of Distractions
There are so many things that can distract your attention: email notifications, meetings, conferences, social media and much more. Every time you’re distracted from the working process, it takes time to come back to work. Thus, it’s better to get rid of distractions in advance:
- Use drawers to keep documents
- Hang bookshelves to place books
- Install distraction-killing apps on your computer
6. Improve Your Health in the Workplace
Your health affects your mood and productivity. If you’re healthy, you can work better. Thus, it’s important to keep your health at a good level even while working. From drinking green tea to doing a short workout, there are many ways to improve your health in the workplace. If you don’t want to spend time on health while working, you can buy plants that release oxygen which also positively affects your health.
7. Decorate Your Workplace
Details matter, especially when it comes to workplace organization. If you believe that having photos or plants is a bad idea, we have bad news for you. Such things have a positive impact on your brain power for a variety of reasons.
Are you a pet owner? That’s great! It’s proven that pets in the workplace add coziness and improve your job performance as they trigger the release of oxytocin which makes you want to work better. The more motivated you are, the better your performance is. All in all, it’s important to decorate your workplace and make it a cozy place for working.
If you want to understand how to organize your workplace step-by-step, see the full infographic by MC2 below: