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5 Ways Office Decor Plays a Major Role in Productivity of Work

5 Ways Office Decor Plays a Major Role in Productivity of Work

Productivity is essential to the success of any business. If you are putting your best effort in achieving the best results but always fall short of getting the best results, then you should look at other factors. It is possible that the surroundings affect the performance. The color of the interior of the office space, its furniture and décor can have a significant impact on the productivity.

Here are some of the ways in which the office décor can help in increasing the productivity of the work. You can improve the work by incorporating them in your working setup.

1. Creating Smart Structure

One of the most important factors in making sure that you get best productivity is to know how the employees are going to use the working space. If the employees are spending most of their time on phones, then it does not make sense to have an open office layout. If your place has small desks and people find it difficult to work because of small working space, then they can become frustrated and loose concentration.

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An office that is well arranged should be able to provide a comfortable working place. Space should be convenient and easy to move through. The employees should be able to work in a relaxed manner and not find it difficult to concentrate on the given task. If your place requires office blinds, then you should install them. It is important to pay attention to the aesthetics because they do have an impact on the productivity. But be careful that aesthetics do not take priority over the efficiency.

2. Choosing Stimulating Colors

Individual colors can be suitable for the working environment. Colors can have a significant influence on the mood of the employees. It can also help with productivity, creativity, and concentration of the workers. Here are some of the colors and the effect they can have on a mood of the workplace.

Blue:

It is a color which is known for having a calming effect and is useful for increasing the productivity of the workplace. It is also a good base color so it is an excellent choice for a working place.

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Green:

If you want to inspire efficiency and calmness you need to choose the green color. It is an excellent option for places where people are working for long hours. It keeps the workers fresh and helps in working efficiently.

Yellow:

It is a color which promotes optimism and creativity. It is an excellent color for architects, artists, designers and other professionals which require professional creativity. You can take great advantage from this cheerful color.

Red:

It is a color which is often related to emotions and passion. It is a very suitable choice for a working space which is physically demanding. It is not the best option for places that need peace of mind and tranquility.

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There are diverse personalities present in the working environments so it is better to blend different colors so that you can improve overall productivity.

3. Plants

Plants are splendid for health and mood. Interacting with nature can have very positive effects on the mood but while working it is not possible to spend much time in the sunshine and greenery. You can make use of plants and spruce up the working space. They are an important factor in making your work efficient and they also offer a good visual. You can choose the plants which are low maintenance.

4. Lamps

You can add warmth to the place by adding lights in your place. They are pleasing to the eye, and the employees can rely on two light sources. They are useful in brightening up the light. If your working place includes detailed work, then it is better to use halogens. The halogens help in rendering the colors clearly, and other types of light cannot provide that level of clarity.

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5. Choosing Best Furnishings:

Using colored office furniture can uplift the mood of the place. Furniture can also have an effect on the health of employees. Make sure that the chairs and desks are ergonomically designed so that you do not suffer from back or neck pain. Good quality furniture can keep you healthy and as a result, increase productivity.

Try incorporating all of these things in your working place, and you will see a lot of improvement in the productivity of your work.

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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