Maximizing Happiness in Your WFH Space
While keeping your desk surface clean is important, it’s only a small piece of the home office puzzle. We want our desks to be right for you because we feel that designing a home office that fits your needs can dramatically improve your relationship with your work. See below for a few ways you can think about your space and increase your happiness throughout your workday.
Positive Momentum Stacking: You’ve probably heard it before, but there’s a method to the madness around making your bed every day. Nikita Kazakov discusses why military soldiers do it here but the TLDR is that building little routines to help start your day fuels positive momentum. See if it works for you! Spend 5 minutes at the beginning of your workday de-cluttering your office desk. Maybe you left a coffee mug on your standing desk from the day before or have mail “for later” piling up. Regardless of what it might be, a clear surface helps clear your mind and is a great way to kickstart a productive day.
Shed Some (Natural) Light on the Situation: In a survey discussed by the Harvard Business Review, access to natural light and the outdoors ranked highest in the list of important office perks among the survey’s 1,614 participants. While it seems like a no brainer, finding a space in your home with access to windows and natural light can dramatically impact your happiness throughout the workday and is important for your overall mental health. And while we aren’t here to cause drama with your roommate or partner, working from home and owning your office means there’s most likely less competition for that prime-time window seat!
Make the Biophilic Breakthrough: There’s a reason companies like Apple and Amazon have made a point of including thousands of trees or literally walls of forest fauna when designing their new offices – workers are happier and more productive with plants around. One of the first studies into the effects of office plants was conducted in 2014 and yielded some fascinating results:
- On average, plants made participants more satisfied with their working environment
- Participants perceived there to be an increase in their ability to concentrate
- Participants perceived there to also be an increase in air quality
Don’t know where to start? Luckily, The Spruce can help point you in the right direction on your quest to find a plant that is interesting to you, or simply brings you joy!We hope you find these simple tricks will get your home office off to a great start…and hopefully you’ll tune in for some more tips down the road!