Forget the aesthetics. Forget the newest design trends buzzing around. Forget the fancy workplaces in countdown lists.
If you run your own business or work remotely, chances are your workspace isn’t going to look like those you see in glossy magazine pages. Besides, do you really want a full playground in your room?
Well, maybe you do. Regardless, the point is that you don’t have to turn your office upside down to improve your workspace. With a few tweaks, you can create an environment that helps you become happier, healthier, and perform optimally.
What you listen to affects your mood. When people chat nearby or there are jarring construction noises outside, it can be difficult to focus on cognitive tasks. On the other hand, listening to the right types of music not only drowns out distracting noises, but improves how you feel and gives you a much-needed boost.
According to research, productive music doesn’t contain lyrics and has a simple structure. When the listener is in control of their music selection, the person’s productivity increases overall.
If you’re not sure where to begin, try classical music or nature sounds for a calming effect. If you need that energy buzz, lift yourself up with some epic music or video game music. I write about music and productivity in greater detail here.