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Create a Productive and Calming Workspace

To make your day productive and to ‘feel’ in the mood for work, it’s important to create a workspace that enhances your productivity and gives a calming influence to your work day.

Office Furniture

The most important thing for being comfortable at the workplace is having a comfortable chair and a suitable desk. A couple of things to consider when purchasing an office chair are firstly armrests.  This is really a personal preference thing.  Some people love them and some people just find they get in the way.  Arms should be positioned low enough for your shoulders to stay relaxed and for your elbows to bend at a 90 degree angle.  Your feet should be flat and firm on the floor.  If you have short legs it may be worth purchasing a foot rest which can be adjusted and positioned in a suitableOffice Environment for your feet to rest comfortably.

An office desk is just as important as the chair. So when looking to purchase a new desk you should ensure that the desk is the ideal height. Most office desks are of a standard height of 725mm-730mm which is generally the ideal height. If this is not ideal for you, height adjustable desks can be purchased and adjusted to suit.

Office furniture can be standard office the shelf desks which can be purchsed in a complete range of sizes and finishes to suit your office space

Natural Light

Lots of natural light is very important, so ideally your office should have large windows to allow light in. The sun and natural light is a boost to your mood and will make you more productive throughout the day.  If lots of natural light is not possible, for example you are located in a large office away from the windows, you should have adequate artificial lighting in the workspace to facilitate reading, writing and other activities.

Room Temperature

The temperature in your office is also very important. If it’s too hot, it will affect your concentration and if it’s too cold, it affects your productivity. You need to be able to regulate the temperature in your office in spite of the temperature outside.

Office Interior

It’s difficult to say what the ideal office interior should look like. The general belief is that it should be somewhere between a home and an office, that it should feel cosy and inviting but it should also be functional and efficient.  This way it will feel more welcoming and you’ll be more inspired when working.

Get a cork board on which to display both decorative and practical elements. Pick some decorative items such a nice rug or pictures on the wall. Combine the cosiness of a home with the functionality of a workspace. The possibilities are endless.

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There is nothing worse than a disorganised workspace. This can obstruct your ability to get your work done, reduce your productivity and cut back on your overall level of comfort.

Do not clutter your desk.  Only include on the desk the items you really need and make sure they are easily reachable. Don’t clutter your workspace with decorative items. Instead, display them on the wall in front of your desk where you can see them but they are not in the way.

Cable Control

Monitor cables, computer cables and the like can create a messy area and can often get on the way.  Invest in a simple cable management system which may consist of a metal tray to run cables or simply tie them or strap them under the desk.

Use the Right Tools

If you spend most of the day at the computer, then a quality keyboard and mouse designed to make you more comfortable is basically a necessity. Ergonomic and natural keyboards are designed to fit the natural position from which people normally type. Althought these do not suit everyone, just ensure they suit you.  Invest in a good quality keyboard and mouse and this will remove a lot of the strain on your wrists and fingers.

Break Area

Creating a break area is as simple as cleaning up an area and adding things such as a Relaxed Officerefrigerator, microwave, tables and seats.  If working from a home office, use your living room for short breaks or for your lunch time.  But don’t allow distractions such as the television to stop you getting back to work.  Limit your time for breaks and stick to it. Taking a break will make you more productive when sitting back at your desk.

Listen to Music

Find out what type of music helps you work the best. When doing repetitive work like answering emails and filing, a good mix of upbeat music (or slow music…whichever works best) is great.

You could use the music player on your phone, connect it to a speaker or connect to the radio via the internet.

All of this will help with your day to day productivity and a happier work day.

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Office Chair Seating Posture

The industrial and tech revolution have drastically changed man’s life. Today many people do much of their work sitting down. For most people working in an office, sitting occupies much of your day. In fact many of us do spend a lot of our time sitting down whether at home or at work. Life as it is today involves a lot of sitting with just a few moments standing or walking.

However sitting for a long time whether in the office or at home can be detrimental to your back; it can cause pain in your lower back and if you might have had a previous problem with your back, it may worsen the situation. The static posture that one keeps for that long time tends to increase stress on the shoulders, arms, legs and the back.

For one to prevent pain or damage to their body it is important to maintain a good posture. Unfortunately many people after sitting for a long time tend to slouch down or over the chair. This is very dangerous and can cause extensive strain to the spine and overstretch back muscles. It is thus important for one to maintain a good sitting posture whenever you are sat down. Here are a few guidelines to help you put your body in order when sitting down.

Choose the right chair
The chair that you sit on determines how you will set your body. It is thus important to have the right chair so as to ensure that your back and more specifically your spine does not go through any unnecessary stress. Ergonomics, the study of how one fits in their work environment has led to the development of ergonomic chairs. An ergonomic chair is specifically designed to ensure that your body is well placed and is well supported to ensure that you do not slouch down or slouch over while you are working or even at home. If you are committed to maintaining a good seating posture then do consider going the extra mile of choosing the chair you sit on carefully; choose an ergonomic chair.

Some alternatives to the traditional office chair are the Swiss exercise ball or the Swedish kneeling chair and draughtsman chairs. These chairs are designed to maximize movement while sitting, an important factor to ensure that your back muscles are not strained by continuous sitting.

Support the back
As stated earlier much of the strain that comes from sitting for a long time goes to the back. It is thus recommended that while sitting, you provide as much support as you can for your back. You should adjust your chair to ensure that your lower back is sufficiently supported so as to reduce the strain on the back. You should also get an adjustable chair so that you can easily change back position, height and tilt for maximum comfort.

Arm and Elbow positioning
As you adjust your chair make sure that the arms are parallel to your spine. Put the desk as close to you as you can. The forearms and the wrist should be parallel to the floor such that the arms form an L-shape with the elbow being at a 90-degreess angle. The keyboard should be placed in front of you leaving a gap of about 4-6 inches between the keyboard and the edge of the desk so as to provide a space for you to rest your wrists between bouts of typing.Office Chair Posture

 

 

 


Eye level

The computer monitor should be placed just right in front of you so that your gaze be aimed at the center of the screen. Any deviation from the center will cause you to slouch and also increase the strain on your upper spine.

Thigh and Calf measure
You should be able to slide your fingers under the space between your thigh and the edge of the office chair. If you can’t, then you need to raise your feet using an adjustable foot rest. You should also be able to fit your clenched fist between your calf and the front of your chair. If your fist does not fit then you need to adjust the back rest by pushing it forward.

Feet rested on the floor
Finally, your feet should be rested on the floor, flat. This helps with posture, if they aren’t, you can use a footrest that can raise your feet to a comfortable level for you. Also be careful not to cross your legs as this can lead to posture related problems.

There are other many documented ways to achieve a good seating posture but no matter the method, everyone should follow through so as to avoid future back problems.