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Office 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 favorite video game soundtrack playlist on YouTube, or coffeehouse-like background music. The latter taps into research that suggests ambient noise can increase creativity.

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Remember to take breaks for your eyes.

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

  • 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 peace lily plant requires little sunlight to survive and you only ha...

  • 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...

  • 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 might see it as cold and unemotional
  • Yellow is stimulating and...

  • 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 monitor or under your desk. 
  • ...

  • 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. 
  • Don't tilt the monitor more than 10 to 20 degrees. More tha...

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 back.
  • Seat depth: Chairs that fit your body will allow you to sit comfortably with y...

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 a...

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.

If you can't control the temperature in your office, there's al...

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 floor and your wrists are flat or angled downwards.

Make sure the mouse is a comfortabl...

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 surface).

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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 sit-stand ergonomic desk. Your desk height should let you place ...

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Your Desk: The Optimal Choice

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, set your keyboard position for 90 degree elbows, and your desk height for feet flat on the flo...

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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 clutter.
  • Place two document trays on your desk...

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