As remote work becomes more popular, we are seeing a trend of equipping our home offices better and better. Apart from the technical necessity, people are also becoming aware that having a well-organised workspace is essential to our overall wellness, productivity, and mental health. A cluttered or disorganised workspace can make you stressed, distracted, and unmotivated. As experts in wellness design we’re here to tell you your home office can become a wholesome working environment. It’s not challenging to design your workspace for wellbeing if you follow a few simple rules.
Create a Dedicated Workspace
The first step to organising your workspace for wellness is to create a dedicated workspace that you can call your own. This could be a desk in your room or a shared workspace in a common area. Either way it’s important so you can mentally separate work time from relaxation time. Each of our Hives does has a dedicated working area with a lot of natural light and working light. Since the pandemic we have also added private desks to our units to cater for the increasing need for work from home and to provide a private space for sensitive work-related conversations.
Keep It Clean and Clutter-Free
A clean and clutter-free workspace is essential to your overall wellness. Clutter can be distracting and stressful, so it’s important to keep your workspace tidy. Make sure you have enough storage space to keep your belongings organised and out of sight. Desk organisers, shelves, and filing cabinets come in really handy for keeping everything in its place.
It helps to clean your workspace regularly. Don’t forget about your computer keyboard and mouse.
Bring in Some Greenery
Plants are known to have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing. Adding a few plants to your workspace will help reduce stress and improve air quality. Plus, plants just make the space feel more inviting and pleasant! If you’re a beginner plant parent, we’d recommend you go for plants that are easy to care for and don’t require a lot of sunlight, such as snake plants or pothos.
Use Ergonomic Furniture
Ergonomic furniture is a game-changer. It is designed to support your body and help prevent injury and discomfort. Investing in an ergonomic chair and desk can make a big difference in your comfort and productivity. Look for a chair with adjustable height and lumbar support, and a desk that can be adjusted to the proper height for your body.
Distractions can be a major challenge, especially in a shared living environment. Using noise-cancelling headphones can be useful to help you stay focused on your work. If you’re working in a shared workspace, you might consider setting boundaries with your roommates or coworkers to minimise distractions during work hours.
Personalise Your Space
Finally, don’t be afraid to personalise your workspace to make it feel more comfortable and inviting. Add a few personal touches, such as a favourite photo or a piece of artwork. Go for colours and decorations that make you feel happy and inspired.
Organising your workspace for wellbeing will do much good to you during work hours and make you more relaxed beyond. We hope these tips help you create a workspace that supports your well-being and helps you stay productive. Have fun!
B-Hive Living is a wellness-focused coliving brand operating properties in Oxford and Bicester, UK, and now expanding internationally. We drive social change by exploring and promoting the concept of living well. We place it at the heart of our coliving design for a more connected, healthy and fulfilling lifestyle for our residents.