Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00
Healthy Work Habits – Setting Up Your Work Space Written by 

What exactly is a healthy work habit? A habit is a settled and regular practice, a way in which the brain drives us to be productive. It transforms our behavioral pattern by which we perform certain tasks, so that we can do them without even thinking, leaving us with more brainpower to focus on other things.

Forming healthy work habits is a way to hard-wire your brain and yourself to be productive and more efficient on a day-to-day basis. Most of the time, these habits are for our benefit. However, sometimes, they can also make it seem almost impossible as we struggle to break old habits for the sake of forming new ones. Good or bad, establishing habits are more powerful than we think. Setting up your work space has a large part to play in this. And so, to truly get the most out of your work space experience it pays to plan carefully as you set it up in order to cultivate healthy work habits.

One does not always have the luxury of choosing where their work or office space will be, however you can choose how to set it up so it fits your individual taste and reflects more of who are as a person. Because it is a work space, choose items that are exclusively for work, as this will help you keep up a productive mentality while busy with tasks.

A positive, healthy mindset is one of the most valuable tools you can develop in the office and it’s easy to maintain in the correct environment. Keep an organized desk, making it easy to find what you need when you need it. Make sure there is open space where you work, which keeps an office from feeling too cramped or stuffy. Keep your desk and general work area tidy. A tidy workspace helps keep a tidy mind, which helps make your day more productive. Motivational posters are a great way to keep you in the right mood and spur you on towards a healthy work ethic. Also, make a list of sensible tasks for the day and get started right way, ticking them off as you go along.

Easy as A, B, C - Here are three simple steps to help create healthy work habits;

Step 1
Focus on what healthy behavior you need to sow in the office and integrate it as part of your everyday routine. At first you will need constant reminders, but as time goes on it will become more automatic.

Step 2
Simplify the process to form a new healthy habit. Make it tiny, even if it may seem ridiculous. A good small healthy habit is easy and quick to adapt and will lead to solid work ethic.

Step 3
Discover a spot in your current routine where this tiny new healthy work habit can fit. Execute it, even if it’s switching on your computer or taking your first office call. The key to adapting and maintaining a healthy work habit is to find something it can continue on from.4


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