Work can sometimes be a stressful experience. However, there are ways you can make the office environment more relaxing, which should hopefully help you through any stressed moments.
Keep your desk tidy. If paperwork that is on your desk relates to something which you aren’t currently working on, then file it away. Ideally, you would have ‘in’ and ‘out’ trays, and a system of filing your paperwork by subject. That way you won’t get distracted and you can focus on the task in hand. Then when you do need to return to a particular task, you will be able to easily locate the relevant paperwork.
Keep items you need frequently in a convenient place. If you’re already stressed by the task in hand, then little things such as not being able to find the hole punch, stapler etc. can become major irritants.
Listen to music. Unless your employer bans music being played in the office, then try and find out which types of music help you to concentrate on your work.
Maintain a good body position. Ensure you sit back in the chair and keep your back straight. Plant your feet firmly on the floor, and keep your wrists straight.
Position your chair correctly. Adjust the height of the chair to suit your own height, and adjust the arms (if there are any) so that they are level with the keyboard
Adjust the brightness and/or contrast on your monitor
Don’t feel the need to respond immediately to an email. If you are carrying out a stressful task, then say to yourself that you will only check your emails every 30 or 60 minutes or so. That way you can fully concentrate on the task in hand without distractions.
Personalise your workspace. You can do this in so many ways: displaying special photographs on your desk, or as a screensaver; using a desk diary that includes a motivational quote for each day; bringing in plants and flowers to place on your desk; bringing in ornaments or small pieces of artwork; using personalised or quirky mousemats, mugs and drinks mats; and adorning your keyboard with keyboard stickers.
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