How to Create a Healthier, More Productive Workspace in 6 Steps

In the digital age, it’s the norm to spend almost the entirety of your day sitting at a desk, staring at a screen. Since the typical workday spans over eight hours, that averages out to about 40 hours of a forced-sedentary lifestyle per week. Since you spend this much time in your workspace, you might as well make an effort to transform it into the healthiest environment it can be.

Fortunately, there are a few simple hacks that will help you detox your desk and make your workspace a more pleasant place to spend your time. It’s worth it when your health and productivity are at stake.

Go Green

As you’re probably aware, living plants act as a great source of fresh oxygen and can help keep your surrounding environment clean and free of toxins and pollutants. Along with circulating fresh air, foliage is scientifically proven to boost morale and productivity in the workplace. According to a study conducted by a team of psychologists at the University of Exeter, “simply enriching a previously spartan space with plants served to increase productivity by 15%.” Not only can adding a bit greenery bring its share of health and work benefits but introducing a small desk or office plant is also a great way to cozy up your personal space to make it feel more like home.

Use Your Alarm

You should use your alarm for more than just your morning wakeup routine, as it’s a great reminder to leave your seat to stand and stretch your limbs for five minutes every hour or periodically throughout the day. Not only will making a conscious effort to move help you physically, but it’s also a necessary mental break to keep your mind clear and focused. The sound of this alarm is one you’ll actually look forward to.

Keep It Clean

Needless to say, it’s easy for bacteria and germs to creep up on your keyboard, phone, and the surface area of your desk. It’s extremely important for your health and well-being to make it weekly (or even bi-weekly) habit to wipe down all devices and surfaces with a toxin-free cleaning solution to kill off bacteria to save yourself from contracting illnesses, like the flu, which typically spread rampantly throughout the office.

Make Hydration a Habit

Keep a canteen or water bottle (that you wash at the end of each day) in your line of vision, which will act as a constant reminder to refill throughout the day. Create a hydration routine by forcing yourself to drink at least one full bottle before lunch and one full one before you go leave your desk at end of the day. This way it’s easy to ensure you’re staying hydrated throughout the entire day. Proper hydration can also help curb snacking and keep your body and mind balanced and functioning optimally, which is especially important during the workday. To ensure you never run out of water at work, subscribe to Hint and have it delivered directly to your office.

Be Smart About Snacking

By providing only healthy snack options, you’ll save yourself from binging on less ideal (sugar- and sodium-rich) foods in a hunger-induced panic. For meals during the workday, it’s best to limit your portions and stick to light and healthy plant-based proteins, veggies, fruits, and grains, which help fuel your body and your brain, as opposed to empty carbohydrates that will leave you bloated and tired. Meal-prepping in advance is one way to ensure you’ll stick to a healthy diet throughout the entire week.

Don’t Be Afraid to Over-Organize

It’s never a bad thing to obsess over organization, as it will only help you in the long run. Be sure to review and re-order paper stacks, toss garbage, and put everything into place in an orderly fashion at the end of each work day. By doing so on a daily basis, you’ll never allow yourself to get in over your head with clutter. It’s pretty simple; an organized space translates to an organized mind, which will help you be more productive and efficient in the long run.

Do you have a healthy productivity hack that works for you? If so, share it in the comments below.

About the Author

Meg is a NYC–based entrepreneur and editor, and she is co-founder and CEO of the healthy living and wellness app, Ellevate. She has a strong editorial background as a former editor for POPSUGAR and New York editor of DailyCandy. She’s always scouring the lifestyle marketplace to uncover the best new product, playlist, eatery, or wellness trend. Need to know what’s going on in the world of beauty, fitness, food, or fashion? Ask Meg.

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