That creaking chair or faulty mouse pad could be causing you more problems than you think. Working at a desk that doesn’t entirely cater to your requirements can soon become a massive drag on your productivity and even wreck your work quality.
Now that we’re all working from home, our home desk setups have suddenly become a major focal point. We want to tailor them so that they’re just as conducive to hard work as a regular office desk.
That, however, is easier said than done. Office managers have years of experience of what setups work and what doesn’t. But if you’re in your house, you don’t have one of these floating around, making minor adjustments here and there to keep you comfy. And that’s a problem.
Here, we’re going to take a look at how you can solve some of your annoying home office desk issues and, thereby, transform your productivity.
Get A Mousepad With A Support
Most mousepads are wholly flat and provide a smooth, low-friction surface for your mouse.
The problem, however, is the angle at which we hold mice. Ideally, you need to keep the wrist as straight as you possibly can when grabbing the mouse to avoid any unnecessary bending on the wrist joint. But if you’re supporting it on a regular mouse mat, this can prove impossible (especially if your mouse is too small for your hand).
Here’s a solution: get a mouse mat with a foam or jelly support for the wrist. It guarantees that the wrist joint will remain straight as you move the mouse around.
Make Your Desk Slim-Line
Unless you have a large monitor, it is unlikely that you need a particularly deep desk. Creating a slimline desk, therefore, with just enough space for your laptop, could help to declutter and supercharge your productivity levels.
Swap Out Your Old Keyboard
Traditional keyboards are fine for playing the odd game or writing an email to a client. But they’re wholly inadequate if you plan on writing all day long for work. Eventually, you’ll strain your wrists or the small muscles in your forearms, leading to injury that puts you out of action for several weeks.
Fortunately, most manufacturers make ergonomic keyboards specifically designed to reduce strain on the hands, arms, and wrists. They look slightly different from conventional keyboards, but they allow you to focus on the task at hand, instead of worrying about your arm health.
Use A Rosemary-Scented Diffuser
You can actually make your home office more productive than your work using a rosemary diffuser.
You might think that rosemary is just a standard garden herb. But it turns out that it offers all sorts of benefits, including improving cognitive performance. Research indicates the rosemary may be able to increase your working memory, upping your output.
If you have a diffuser, just buy some rosemary essential oil and mix in a few drops into the solution. Then allow the scents to waft up your nose, increasing performance. It’s weird, but it works.