Coworking spaces are a popular choice for entrepreneurs and small businesses who want to leave behind the distractions and problems of their home office and move to a more professional and productive setup.
Just moving to a coworking space is a good start: in a recent survey, 74% of workers reported an increase in their productivity since their move to a coworking space.
That’s great, but, like most hungry entrepreneurs with, you probably want more. The good news is that even small changes to your environment and behavior can make you more productive. We’ve collected four scientifically-proven ways you can give your performance an immediate boost:
Add a Splash of Color
The colors around us can affect both our mood and productivity in different ways. Red, for example, increases our heart rate and blood pressure, which is why we use it to draw attention to warning signs. Yellow is linked with creativity and blue and green can be calming and aid concentration.
So what can you do? Decorate your workspace with items that are your chosen color, or even use a tinted light bulb in a small desk lamp to create a colored effect. Simple, effective, and cheap.
Plants Mean Productivity
A 2014 study came to the startling conclusion that simply adding some plants to your offices’ space could boost productivity by up to 15 percent, as well as improve morale. To achieve the effect, workers just needed some greenery in their line-of-sign.
Regardless of whether you’re leading a whole team of people or a solo-entrepreneur, this productivity hack can be achieved simply and cost-effectively. A couple of potted plants on your desk will cost a few dollars – a small price to pay for a significant productivity boost!
Fuel Your Brain With a Relaxing Stroll
Starting to feel a bit fuzzy? If, like most workers, your first reaction is to start snacking on something sugary or to head to the coffee machine, you might be making a mistake. A short walk around the block might be a far more effective cure for those afternoon blues.
Researchers at Stanford University found that walking (indoors or outdoors) improved created thinking and that the effect continued to last even after the worker had sat down again. Workers who took short walks saw a massive increase of 60% in their creative output compared to workers who just sat all day.
This is in addition to the benefits to your mood and your health. A recent study found that people who took a lunchtime stroll three times a week were more relaxed and enthusiastic.
So, next time you’re feeling a little tired, why not take a walk? And, if you’re working with others, you might want to try walking meetings to boost your group creativity. And no, the walk to the coffee machine doesn’t count!
Use a Standing Desk
Between commuting, working, and many leisure activities, the average worker spends a large portion of their day sitting down. This lack of activity has been strongly associated with an increase in the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and many other health problems. It’s also unproductive.
One way to improve productivity is to use a standing desk. A 2015 study into standing desks found that workers who regularly used them were 46% more productive than workers who didn’t, and that this boost increased over time as the workers got used to their new way of working.
The best solution is to use a desk that can be manually moved up and down, enabling you to change the height as you desire. This is useful because you’re unlikely to want to stand all day; it’s healthier to have a mix of standing and sitting. A good goal is to start trying to stand for a couple of hours a day, and then increase this up to four hours each day once you feel comfortable.
There are plenty of extensions available that can help you increase your effective desk height for very little cost.
These are some easy, quick, and cost-effective ways to be even more productive in your coworking space, and get the most out of your day.