Of­fice or­ga­niz­ing isn’t just about elim­i­nat­ing clut­ter

A vis­ually clut­tered space can cause anx­i­ety and over­whelm

The Labradorian - - Editorial - Jane Veld­hoven With Stream­line Your Stuff by Jane Veld­hoven read­ers will find the lat­est tips, tricks and tools to down­size, or­ga­nize and de­clut­ter.

It’s been too long since I’ve writ­ten any­thing about of­fice or­ga­niz­ing and de­sign. Novem­ber would be an ex­cel­lent month to re­or­ga­nize and re­fresh your home of­fice. And it’s the per­fect time of year to con­sider some ideas that might im­prove your pro­duc­tiv­ity at work.

Or­ga­niz­ing your of­fice isn’t just about elim­i­nat­ing clut­ter. It’s about cre­at­ing a healthy and pro­duc­tive en­vi­ron­ment. Sadly, I’m not let­ting you off the hook with the tidy­ing part of the job as a vis­ually clut­tered of­fice can cause anx­i­ety and over­whelm and most cer­tainly is a con­stant dis­trac­tion.


Work­ing in a poorly lit en­vi­ron­ment is detri­men­tal to your well-be­ing and ef­fec­tive­ness. Spend as much of your time work­ing near nat­u­ral light as you pos­si­bly can. Con­sider that when de­cid­ing where to lo­cate your home of­fice. And if you don’t have ac­cess to nat­u­ral light in your of­fice, try to ar­range your sched­ule so you spend a por­tion of your work day in a col­lab­o­ra­tive space near a win­dow or off­site. If that just isn’t pos­si­ble, pur­chase a desk light that mim­ics nat­u­ral day­light.

Tem­per­a­ture Ac­cord­ing to re­search the op­ti­mal tem­per­a­ture for work­ing is be­tween 20 and 23 de­grees. If the tem­per­a­ture is too cold that can lead to up to 44 per cent more er­rors. Yikes!

Sound Back­ground mu­sic can re­ally help with fo­cus. Learn­ing to main­tain fo­cus will be the num­ber one skill we need to learn over the com­ing years. Quiet clas­si­cal baroque mu­sic has been shown to be the best choice. If that’s just not your thing, try elec­tron­ica as its repet­i­tive na­ture is also good for in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity. Stud­ies have shown that peo­ple are most pro­duc­tive with 70 deci­bels of back­ground noise.


I have writ­ten be­fore about colour and how it af­fects your mood. One new thing I learned is that men and women are af­fected dif­fer­ently by dif­fer­ent colours. Go fig­ure. Chang­ing paint colour is a quick and easy way to change the feel­ing of your of­fice space. The colour of your cloth­ing can also af­fect how you work. Try wear­ing red if you need to in­crease your en­ergy or green if you need to calm down.


The de­sign and set up of your workspace can af­fect you phys­i­cally which af­fects your abil­ity to get work done. I am see­ing more and more peo­ple us­ing sit/stand desks. You might con­sider this same op­tion at home if need be. The key is to get up and stretch reg­u­larly through­out the day. You can even buy a tread­mill desk or a bi­cy­cle desk if you want to try to squeeze in some car­dio while you’re work­ing. A rub­ber seat cush­ion on your chair for a por­tion of the day can also be a sim­ple way of get­ting a lit­tle core ex­er­cise. Hold­ing a walk­ing meet­ing is also an ex­cel­lent idea.


The de­sign and setup of your workspace can af­fect you phys­i­cally which af­fects your abil­ity to get work done.

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