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Whether you are in a corporate office or your home office, I think we can all agree that loud noises and distractions can decrease productivity by making it harder to concentrate. If you are having a hard time getting work done, check out these 5 factors that can affect your productivity!
If your office is located in your house, see our Top Ways to Soundproof Your Home Office.
5 Reasons for Low Office Productivity – Including Too Much Noise!
Is the lighting too dim or too bright? If the lighting is too low you could become sleepy while trying to get work done. If the lighting is too bright, you could get a headache. Make sure you have adequate lighting in your office space. Consider purchasing lamps from IKEA or Target if you need more lighting in your work space.
Nowadays nearly everyone has a social media account that they check several times a day. In order to be more productive, try setting a time period that you will go without checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, your Gmail, or surfing the internet. It is more productive to devote complete focus to your work for about 45 minutes and then take a short break than it is to go all day with distractions.
Harvard Business Review has written a detailed piece on how to improve focus in a loud, distracted office space.
- Too Background Noise
Are you the type of person that likes a little background noise or do you need complete silence to concentrate? If you like a quieter environment, try soundproofing your office with the AcoustiCurtainTM and AcoustiDoorTM to keep out outside noises. These curtains and door panels absorb and block sound waves so that your loud coworkers or the construction outside your window are no longer a problem.
If you are the type of person who likes a little background noise, try playing light music while working. Have it at a volume that keeps your mind alert but also lets you focus on the task at hand. Spotify has a large selection of playlists that fit each individual’s mood.
It is important to be comfortable when working to keep from fidgeting and squirming in your chair, but having a chair that is too comfortable can be a disadvantage as well. If you have the option, find an office chair that is somewhere in the middle of the two to be as productive as possible.
We hope these 5 tips can help lead you in the right direction towards a productive work day!