Design wellness in your workspace in 4 easy steps

Step 1. Clean up the mess

Where do you work? Look around. What inspires you? What distracts you? What will you see that will make you go back to work and what will you delay and make you daydream for a while?

Get rid of the unnecessary. Archive the documentation you don’t need and empty the trash. Let the clarity of the area around you clear your mind.

Step 2. Coordinate

What colors can you see? Are you impressed? Does the target feel clinical and cold or calm and professional? Does red cheer you up or distract your attention? Does blue calm your nerves and calm you during times of anguish and overwhelm, or does it not even catch your attention?

Create a color and decor scheme that promotes productivity. Ditch overwhelming colors or displays – it’s a delicate balance to find sources of inspiration without getting too distracted. Make sure your screens are sending you the right messages: work hard, smile, do one thing at a time.

Step 3. Promote wellness

What do you see out the window? Is it the brick wall next door or a stunning view of the park? What natural light do your windows give you? Are you aware of the day’s progress or are you trapped in artificial light, taking pills to deal with headaches?

Get the window desk with your next promotion. And if you’re the boss, promote yourself immediately and move your desk into natural light. Avoid direct light on computer screens, as this will cause glare, but be sure to position yourself so that it benefits from the morning sun and changes in the sky in the late afternoon. Even if it’s just to watch the rain.

Step 4. Understand ergonomics

What are you sitting on How are your feet positioned? Your arms? Your back? Do you have a stiff neck? Do your eyes hurt from looking at the screen? Roll them up, stretch them in each corner of the eye socket. Stick out your tongue and open your mouth wide. Nobody is watching. (Well, except for the cute boy in the beads …)

Even your boss knows that you should sit comfortably. She doesn’t want it to sound like back pain or RSI. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are comfortable at work. How many hours are you there? How much time do you spend in that chair? How much of your life has your butt been on that hanger? Work it out. Then adjust your seat. Or add a cushion. Or take out the Swiss ball and blow it up again (if you can find the bomb).

We work dumb hours. Some of us work late into the night, some of us get up at dawn, and some just wish 9-5 would go away and wait for the weekend. It’s time to recognize how much time you spend at your desk and make it a happier, healthier place to be. For nothing more than accepting unhealthy, miserable and uninspiring spaces is simply a ridiculous idea.

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