15 Easy Tricks for a Highly Productive Work Environment


  1. Soothing music can decrease stress and boost focus. If you work in a distracting open office, use noise-cancelling headphones to help you concentrate.
  2. Consider investing in a comfortable and supportive desk chair.
  3. Sprucing up your space with greenery increases productivity and cognitive attention as well as improving air quality.
  4. Buy a decorative pillow or seat cushion for your chair. This provides a sense of comfort and allows you to feel as if your work area is your own.
  5. Keep your space clean and distraction-free. Remove extraneous items from your desk and tidy it up at the end of each day so you can return to a pleasant workspace the next morning.
  6. Natural light is ideal, but if it isn’t a possibility, add a small lamp to your desk to ensure you have sufficient light. Bad lighting can cause fatigue, eyestrain, and headaches.
  7. Stock up on healthy snacks such as mixed nuts, protein bars, and dried fruit. Keep them on hand for when you need a mood boost.
  8. Drink from a special or decorative mug. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to enhance your office decor.
  9. Position your computer so there is no glare from a window or overhead light.
  10. Make sure your electronics are close to outlets, and use ties and clips to organize messy wires.
  11. Eliminate sticky notes. Instead use a notepad or type notes on your computer.
  12. Personalizing your space with photos will positively impact performance. If you don’t have room for picture frames, you can make your desktop background a picture of friends or family.
  13. Avoid piles by investing in a basket or decorative tray to hold your papers, notes, mail and books.
  14. Think carefully about the colour of the walls. Opt for accents of colour that inspire you. Use postcards, magazine cutouts, or even just paint swatches to spice up your space.
  15. Hide things as much as possible. In smaller spaces, the key is to limit the number of things out in the open. Use cubbies and filing cabinets to stay organized.

Rachael Quackenbush
Intern Interior Designer
Office Interiors