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Get Comfortable at WorkDid you know that there are actually a few strategies that you can follow on a daily basis to stay relaxed and comfortable during working hours? You spend a great deal of time at work, there’s no reason to sacrifice your comfort. In fact, you’ll be more productive, not to mention happier, if you follow some simple best practices.

Keep your working hours separate from your spare time. Your life can be complicated enough to complicate it further. Generally, there are only two situations: either you already have a working schedule, or you’re on your own. In either of the two, you actually can keep things separate from one another.

Decide for yourself the appearance of your working space, while remaining true to the guidelines of your company. There are two important things you must do in order to keep things functional and, still, make your space pleasant:

Set a clear line between work-related stuff and personal objects. If you have objects that you like less (like a big, old and noisy copy machine), find an irrelevant place for them. Conversely, gadgets of preference should be central.

Choose a desk you really like. It’s important to have all your perspectives covered for this one.

Each and every hour, you need at least one small activity that is not connected to your work. It is even better if it’s not connected to your computer either. Take a look at the weather outside, see if you can state which cloud is of which type.

  • Don’t sit on your chair for more than an hour without getting up. Find reasons to do so. Instead of disrupting you, it will help you focus when you come back to your desk and will give you a sense of reality that you generally tend to lose if you increase your uninterrupted working sessions.
  • If you’re working at a computer, fix your eyes on the most distant object around you (a far-away building, that you can see on the window, your colleague’s chair, etc.) every 10 minutes for 10 seconds at least. This is beneficial for your eyes and for your intellectual comfort on the long term.

There are many more ways you can relax and find better harmony in your work environment. If you work for a company, share your ideas as they may bring it on as policy. After all, a happy employee is a reliable and productive employee.

How do you get comfortable at work? We’d love to hear your comments.

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