deepstash

Beta

Productivity and Ergonomics: The Best Way to Organize Your Desk

Deepstash brings you key ideas from the most inspiring articles like this one:

Read more efficiently

Save what inspires you

Remember anything

https://zapier.com/blog/how-to-set-up-your-desk/

zapier.com

Productivity and Ergonomics: The Best Way to Organize Your Desk
When you spend hours at your desk every day, even the smallest features of your workspace-such as the position of your monitor or the height of your chair-can greatly affect your productivity and even your health. Here's what science says about the best way to set up...

12

Key Ideas

Save all ideas

Your workspace matters

Your workspace matters
When you spend hours at your desk every day, even the smallest features of your workspace – such as the position of your monitor or the height of your chair– can greatly affect your productivity and e...

249 SAVES


Lighting

  • The best kind of light you can have in your office is natural light. It helps our bodies maintain our internal "clocks" or circadian rhythms which affects our sleep and energy. 

204 SAVES


Plants

Plants
  • Indoor plants prevent fatigue during attention-demanding work. 
  • Even just having a window view of live greenery can be restorative and keep us focused.
  • A ...

248 SAVES


Temperature

Cornell University researchers found that by increasing office temperature from 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit (20° to 25° Celsius), workers' typing errors fell by 44 percent,...

174 SAVES


Sound

It's hard to drown all that out when you're trying to work. 

A good pair of noise-canceling headphones could help. Pair it with soothing background music from Jazz and Rain, your ...

206 SAVES


Color

  • Red is energizing and warming, stimulates our pulses, and can be perceived as aggressive
  • Blue can stimulate thought and aid in concentration and communication, but some m...

285 SAVES


The Ideal Desk Height

Your desk should ideally let you type on a keyboard with your arms and hands roughly parallel to the floor, your feet flat on the floor, and your legs fitting comfortably under the desk when...

180 SAVES


Ergonomic Chairs

Here's what to look for in an ergonomic office chair:

  • Lumbar support: The curve in the back of the chair should support your lower spine, following the natural curve of your lower...

192 SAVES


Proper Monitor Placement

Proper Monitor Placement
  • Keep your monitor or laptop screen between 20 and 40 inches in front of you. You do not you want to be forced to lean forward.
  • Make sure the top line of the screen ...

193 SAVES


The 20-20-20 rule

Remember to take breaks for your eyes.

  • Look at something 20 feet away
  • for 20 seconds
  • every 20 minutes to protect your eyes.

250 SAVES


Keyboard and Mouse

Keyboard and Mouse

The keyboard should:

  • be close enough to your body so you can hold your elbows comfortably by your sides.
  • be low enough that your arms are roughly parallel to the fl...

171 SAVES


Organize Your Desk

Organize Your Desk
  • Keep only the things you use daily within reach. 
  • Store everything else off of your desk. 
  • Try limiting personal decorations to just 3 items or l...

230 SAVES


SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:

Your Desk

The “sit-stand desk” is the optimal choice, because you can sit for a portion of the day and stand for the other portion.

Put your monitor high enough to keep your neck straight, s...

Organization

A cluttered desk sometimes triggers a cluttered mind. That's why everything should have its place, even if that place is just “the right-most stack.” A desk system that matches your personal organization style saves both time and headache.

Colors

  • Red accelerates the heart rate, giving you a jolt of energy. Your eye is instantly drawn to red, and it promotes physical activity and emotion.
  • Orange is a social color, encouraging interaction. It works well in meeting rooms or other social spaces.
  • Yellow stimulates creativity and optimism. 
  • Green is calming, and also causes zero eye strain over long periods of time.
  • Blue is calming and stable, it helps most people focus on intensive tasks.
  • Purple stimulates problem solving, despite not being a very popular color in workspace decor.

3 more ideas

Organize your workspace

Organize your workspace
  • Adopt a clean-desk policy (CDP).
  • Create a dedicated space for the incoming things.
  • Keep personal items to a minimum.

  • Get yourself a si...

Colors influence productivity

  • Red: Impart a boost of energy.
  • Yellow: The sunny shade stimulates creativity.
  • Purple: Stimulates problem solving abilities.
  • Green: Calms the mind, causes zero strain to the eye and is ideal for those who spend long hours in the office.
  • Orange: Boosts social interaction and collaboration.

Organize your office

Organize your office
  • Start with a purge to create an office that is free of clutter.
  • Create a catch-it space for incoming junk to sort through.
  • Keep your desktop clear of c...