Your environment is a crucial piece to increasing productivity. Whether it’s in a traditional office, a home office or even an area used for “home” projects (kitchen, garage, workroom, etc.) it needs to support your particular requirements. That is not being indulgent or selfish, that is wise and knowing what will help you be happiest and perform your best. the conditions with which you surround yourself have a huge impact. Simple changes can have big pay-offs.
Do you have:
- Good equipment – comfortable chair, good desk or table, quality tools(pens, computer, knives, etc.)
- Sufficient lighting – natural and/or artificial
- Adequate airflow & temperature – window, ventilation, heat, air-conditioning or fan
- Appropriate atmosphere – music, scents and decor that energize and help focus you
Take into consideration your work style, physical preferences and personality. I prefer to work alone, at home, in a well lit, warm room, surrounded by plants, pets and pictures. You may flourish in the midst of energy and movement. You may prefer a more sparse atmosphere that doesn’t remind you of home.
And feel free to experiment. Try something different until it feels right.