Optimize & Thrive In Your Workspace
Creating a beautiful, functional, and enjoyable workspace is vital, especially if you are someone who spends a lot of time at the office. This is not a luxury – it’s a necessity. Enjoying where you work can provide a variety of benefits – it positively impacts your health, mood, stress levels, immune function, and even your longevity from a career standpoint or otherwise. Below are five of my favorite tips to help optimize your workspace so that you can thrive while at the office!
1. Organize Your Space
Clear your desk and minimize the chaos – knowing where everything is and feeling organized will help boost your self-confidence, lower stress levels, and enhance your overall sense of well-being. A streamlined workspace sets you up for success and allows you to be far more productive. Set aside 15 minutes at the end of each day to organize your desk, delegate tasks where necessary, and prepare for the next morning.
2. Enhance Your Lighting
Changing the quality of the lighting around you is one of the quickest and most effective ways to powerfully transform your experience at work. Especially in winter when daylight is naturally scarce – switching out a few bulbs here and there can make all of the difference. I learned this first hand while working long hours in television 15+ years ago and have never looked back. I recommend using Full Spectrum light bulbs which mimic daylight and as a result can help improve mood, increase productivity, support regenerative sleep, and reduce eyestrain.
3. Green Your Office
Bring an element of the outdoors inside to help connect you to the natural world and enhance your well-being. A healthy indoor plant can improve the general air quality of your office and enliven the space. Personally I make it a weekly ritual to treat myself to fresh flowers – this simple act is one way I nourish myself, especially in winter.
4. Inspire Yourself
Listen to uplifting and energizing music on your way to work as a way to motivate and inspire yourself. Bring a photo into the office of the next place you’d love to travel to so that you’re reminded daily of the adventures that await. Plan a lunch or coffee outing once a week with colleagues whose company you enjoy – this will help you relax and nourish yourself.
5. Reclaim Your Work-Life Balance & Thrive
The key to optimizing your productivity is to create an opportunity to replenish yourself by reclaiming your work-life balance. When you are “on” and in professional mode – dig in and flex those muscles. When you are enjoying time on your own or with friends and family – engage fully and focus on the experience. Returning to the office fully refreshed is vital to maintaining long-term peak performance, career longevity and satisfaction. Take care of yourself first, and everything else will follow.
Here’s to optimizing & thriving in your workspace!
Sylvaine N. Hughson, an Executive Health & Lifestyle Coach®, is the Founder and Director of SNH – The Art & Science of Optimized Living®. As the Principal Coach and Consultant for SNH, Sylvaine works closely with high-level professionals, performance-driven groups, and Fortune 500 companies. She helps her clients unleash the power of optimized mindset, wellness & lifestyle to fuel their Peak Performance and accomplish their most important goals.
Sylvaine has extensive training in High Performance and is a certified Corporate Wellness Consultant, Corporate Wellness Provider, Holistic Health Coach, Master Transformational Coach, Raw Living Foods Health Educator, FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Educator, Professional Life Coach, Yoga Instructor, and Traditional Reiki Master. Sylvaine creates customized diet, lifestyle, and detoxification protocols for executive clients as well as designs corporate wellness programs and leads luxury wellness retreats.