"Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again."

                                         -- Joseph Campbell

If your workplace environment is stale or stressful, chances that your days will be filled with healthy productivity or accelerated success will be slim to none. A workspace that fails to boost your energy, inspire, or positively impact your focus can be severely detrimental to your work and attitude.

According to a 2017 Gallup survey of more than 15,000 adults, 45 percent of employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely, a 4 percent point increase since 2012. Those who work from home were also known to put in longer hours and be more productive. So, even those outside of typical office cubicles must pay attention to their surroundings more than ever before.

Keep your workspace sacred in order to generate a superior workflow. Here's how:

1. Light it up

Poor office lighting can cause headaches, drowsiness, and decreased focus. Harsh lighting can also lead to eye strain. Get natural lighting into your workspace, or even have your desk face a window, in order to ease stress.

2. Forget the extra accessories

If you want to keep your workspace Zen, then remember that Zen is a concept that is aligned with simplicity. Create a space that fosters your creativity, but don't overdo it -- having too many organizational items can actually turn into clutter, so feel free to ditch the extra calendars, notepads, or whiteboards.

3. Get clear on intentions

What is your purpose for this space? To only do emails? To simply get reading done? If you set your intentions for your workspace, you will be able to get specific about what actions need to be done in order to accomplish your task items.

4. Work only!

You know how they say to make sure your bedroom is only for bedroom activities? Think similarly about your workspace -- don't let the problems that come with work duties spread throughout your home, if you work remotely, for example. Not only will you keep the rest of your area safe from work stress, but once you step into that designated workspace, you will know exactly what kind of tasks you need to do.

They say who you surround yourself with affects who you become -- what you surround yourself with matters just as much, too.

Published on: Apr 13, 2018
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