In my last post I made the point that our work environment matters. That all of our work and effort to optimise our apps and out systems can mean nothing if we cannot get the basics right. Our work environment can create a space where we can be effective and productive or it can turn itself into a distraction factory meaning we cannot get anything done. So, as we look at this in detail we consider work environment matters | Focus Two — Your Work Station.
This includes your desk, your keyboard & mouse, monitor, chair etc.
A clear desk
A clear desk is essential here. If we can afford it and have the space to do so we need a desk that is either large enough to create a clear workspace. If it’s not, we can consider its configuration to create additional spaces to put ‘things’. Thus leaving the desktop itself, clean and clear. If that doesn’t work, then try and supplement it with other furniture that means your desk is clear.
A mug of coffee, some pens, a lamp and a notebook should really be all we have on our desk in addition to what we are currently working right then. It’s often said “clean desk, cluttered mind”. Firstly this is nonsense. In that it isn’t true and is only touted by messy people to make themselves feel better. And who wants a mind uncluttered by thought anyway? Secondly, even if it is true, it does not naturally follow that having a clear desk is therefore bad.
If you want to work effectively, you need a space where you can do that. Focussing on anything specific is hard to do when papers and files about other things cloud your view.
Years ago I was advised to get a second monitor. I’ve never looked back. If you have the option for two screens then go for it! This could be two monitors or a second monitor for your laptop. You can also use an app like Duet to make any tablet a second screen for your computer.
A chair that is comfortable for you is an absolute must and well worth investing in. In my experience you do not need to spend a lot of money to get a chair that works for you, you just need to give it a bit of time and thought. Once, when working for a company, after a…