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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 even your health.

With a few adjustments you can improve your working environment and keep your desk from killing you.

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  • 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 less.
  • Hide supplies and tools strategically behind your monit...

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  • 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.
  • Poor lighting, whether it's dim lighting or harsh lighting from overhe...

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

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

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 sitting (you should be able to comfortably cross your legs under the sur...

  • 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 is at or below your eye level. 
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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, and they were able to type 150 percent more.

Remember to take breaks for your eyes.

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