Wherever your workspace is, we could all use some calm in our daily work routines. Bond is here to help! Our experts in office design and decor are also masters in achieving workspace flow and balance. Here are five tips to help you accomplish your goals in an environment that puts your mind and body first:
1) Organize And Declutter
Not everyone prefers to be neat and tidy, and that’s ok! Life happens and we don’t always have time to get the little things in order. However, if you find that you’re spending your days stressed over lost belongings and letting it get in the way of your goals, it might be a good idea to take a look at what can stay and what can be tucked away.
Start by finding the things that you use the most or items that make you feel happy, then make sure they’re easily accessible and in plain sight, on your desk. These are items you don’t want to spend more than a second looking for, as that time will add up if you do.
Anything that you haven’t used in a while can be organized and tucked away into storage- out of sight, out of mind. If you need them, you can easily find them, but they won’t get in between you and your goals for the day.
2) Find A Dedicated Relaxation Zone
It’s easy when working from home to migrate to the couch when in need of a change of scenery. Tempting as it may be to kick back and relax, make sure you have a dedicated space to completely detach from work. In cities where apartments are tight, make sure you’ve got a comfy chair, cozy nook, or devoted space to unwind. Once we start to muddle work and non-work activities, momentary refuge from business tasks can be difficult to achieve.
3) Introduce Natural Elements
Plants, wood surfaces, stones, or shells help ground us to the earth and keep our mind present. We’re often surrounded by metallic and plastic materials that can feel sterile and cause unnecessary stress.
Try out a small indoor plant, like a Chinese Evergreen or a Snake Plant to add life and promote airflow throughout your space. Adding these plants can boost your morale and promote productivity (and they’re very low maintenance too). Feel free to add meaningful natural items to your desk that you like to look at or hold. You’ll find them to be useful when you need to de-stress!
4) Remember to Stand
Work however you’re most comfortable, but remember the benefits of standing while working. Even if it’s just periodically throughout the day, it can have a huge impact on your day and overall health.
Using a standing desk has been proven to drastically reduce back pain, improve blood flow, blood sugar levels, reduce risk of heart disease, and improve overall mood. There are plenty of fancy standing desks out there, but even a basic stand will do! Just make sure you have it at a comfortable height so you aren’t bending your neck too much when looking at your screen.
A technique that’s been around for thousands of years has proven time and time again to improve health and overall focus. Find a cozy nook in any one of Bond’s beautifully crafted spaces or a quiet corner in your home where it’s easy to unwind. If it’s a little intimidating at first or you don’t think you have the time, just try it for 5 minutes. It can make all the difference. You’ll return to your desk feeling clear minded, refreshed and ready to own the day.
Remember, all Bond members can download the Calm app at 40% off to help guide their meditations as well!
Incorporating all of these tactics can help fuel your day and make room for what really matters. Visit any one of Bond Collective’s 10 locations and you’ll find many of all of these design elements throughout the common space, along with standing desks available to rent, zen rooms, and plenty of resources to find your own calm at work. Book a tour today to come find your zen at Bond!