Ways to help you
create a better working space and lifestyle
Here are some
proven strategies for that purpose:
1. Avoid clutter
Neatness doesn't only give an impression of
human cleanliness but it also makes a room free from dangers and
oversights. It would also be easier to find a tool or a document if
things are in their proper order. This would minimize your time
looking for such objects. Examples:
- Keep a handy box that will serve as your multi-purpose box
whenever you pick lost objects in your house. You can use this box
after cleaning a room or making an inventory inside your closet.
Finally, make sure that those objects you will find go into their
- Clean as you go. Maintain the habit of cleanliness, in small
ways or in general clean up. You can spend 10 minutes picking up
objects or misplaced things. You may involve other people to engage
in this habit too.
- Never put garbage anywhere. More so, don't let these
unnecessary objects hide inside your cabinets, closets, or under
your bed until they become little monsters of their own.
Your table should be your soul. A clean and
organized working table will help you become more efficient. Daily
tasks or mundane things (like sharpening a pencil or putting staple
wires on a stapler) wouldn't become a detraction to more
complicated activities like analyzing entries of an accounting book
or filing important documents if your table is neat and highly
Do not buy bulky appliances or office
equipment. Your house or office should have more space for movement
and accessibility for things you need for your daily
- Always follow the "On the fly" philosophy: Close an open drawer
when you pass by it, empty a full wastebasket, pick-up a clothing
item lying down on the floor and hang it up, file papers and never
let if fly around the house or office space.
- Check the items if they are arranged according to their proper
grouping. A pencil shouldn't be with the knives, spoons and other
utensils. Milk cartons shouldn't be near toilet disinfectant. Food
and insecticide being together could endanger peoples lives.
- Compartmentalize, organize each box, label them and arrange
them in such a way that no heads will suffer bumps from falling
2. Keep updated on the ergonomically designed
houses or office spaces.
You can either hire a professional industrial
interior designer to do the job of keeping your space organized, or
learn the principles of maintaining an efficient and cozy working
3. Use colors that will motivate or encourage
people to become cheerful, happy, and interested with their
Bright colors can subdue the feeling of
loneliness in a vast office space but brightness shouldn't become a
distraction or an irritant to the eye. The color gray, on the other
hand, commands formality and a savvy environment fit for serious
and corporate setting. Verdant or green surrounding relaxes the
mind and eyes but these should be balanced by neutral colors such
as black or blue to avoid redundant feelings or laxity.
4. Make the temperature just right.
Temperature is also a factor that could either irritate or
motivate a person to work. Temperature should be just right and the
senses must be tempered with pleasant stimuli during work. Make
sure that the air conditioner or thermostat of your heater works
properly and gives the right temperature according to the change of
5. Use modern gadgets and equipment.
They can be of big help in maintaining a
functioning working environment. Chairs should be adjustable, with
tilting features and rotating bases. Acquire forearm and wrist
supports. Fax machines, telephones, computers, modems, printers
should be in proper network to help you work with things
However, delays and malfunctioning of these
gadgets can be a source of headache or time wastage if improper use
is frequent or if technology and human conditions are not properly
Also, technology should not be a hindrance in
creating a better working environment; therefore, you should learn
from the basics and should be updated on the current information in
the use and maintenance of sophisticated office equipment.
These are just some of the ways you can improve
your house or your working space. Now if you try to follow some of
these, you would notice that your working time would become fast
and efficient. You would also become aware of your environment.
This would give you the feeling of command and
control over your workplace, your life, and the time that surrounds