The spaces we occupy shape who we are and how we behave. This has serious consequences for our psychological well-being and creative performance. Given that many of us spend years working in the same room, or even at the same desk, it makes sense to organize and optimize that space in the most beneficial ways possible.
When it comes to building your workspace you can aim for the trendy look and flick through some interior design magazines, or you can let science guide the way.
Based on the science of Vastu Shastra and a few psychological aspects, we tell you what compromises of an ideal working space.
The simple act of making your own decisions about how to organize your workspace has an empowering effect and has been linked with improved productivity.
If you have the liberty of arranging your own workspace, choose a layout and furniture that is curved and rounded rather than sharp and straight-edged. Creating this environment has been linked with positive emotions, has a positive impact on productivity and there’s also less chance of knocking an elbow or knee on a sharp corner.
Choosing the right color and lighting scheme for your office is one of the simplest ways your environment can enhance your performance. Different colors and light levels have different psychological effects, so the ideal situation is to install a lighting system that allows you to alter the hue and brightness of your room to suit the kind of work that you’re engaged in.
If you only do one thing to optimize your workspace, invest in a green plant or two.
Another feature of an optimized office is a window with a view, preferably of a natural landscape. This is because a glance at the hills or a lake recharges your mind. Obviously, a view of nature isn’t possible for many people who work in cities, but even in an urban situation, a view of trees or intricate architecture have both been linked with enhanced productivity.
An ideal office space is the ideal productive place!