On the other hand, if you are making a living out of blogging and writing, not being productive can literally cost you money, and reputation. This is why you should spend some time (and cash) to make few arrangements around your work area and that way significantly improve your productivity. Check these tips too. Here’s what deserves most attention:
#1 Keep close the stuff that you use the most
If it takes too much effort to reach something you need while working, you probably won’t use it. If that’s your trash can or scanner, you’ll end up with a pile of papers and stuff on your desk that you should’ve discarded. In a little while your desk may become a complete mess, and that certainly won’t help your productivity.
Proximity is important. Arrange the tools and equipment you regularly use to be close to you, so you can reach them with no fuzz and do the desired tasks as you need to.
To keep tools even closer (in the online world), check the top ten apps bloggers need on their smartphones.
#2 Pay attention to the lighting
If you are blogging on interior design, you certainly know a lot about proper lightning, colors, and how light spreads at different heights and angles. Even though most of us don’t have a professionally designed home office area, that is no excuse to not consider quality lightning, since this has such a great influence not only on our productivity while blogging, but more importantly, on the health of our eyes.
Natural sunlight is best, but if the windows in your workspace are not big enough or you need to work later in the night, you may want to use high powered CFL (Compact Fluorescent) bulbs with daylight color that helps keep you alert as it’s the closest to what you would have outside.
#3 Make sure there are no distracting sounds
You can’t expect to be focused on your work if you are surrounded with annoying squeaky sounds, loud neighbors or other distractions. And losing focus is one of the biggest time-wasters, as it includes not only the time we spent “being distracted” but also the time it takes to get back and focused again on the work we were doing.
Use rugs to help absorb some of the noise, or consider insulating the ceiling to reduce the sounds from the above room. You can also cover up the distractions by playing ambient sounds – check Soundrown and their rain, ocean, fire, and birds sounds, or try blogging in a coffee shop ambient with Coffitivity. Studies confirm (right) noise is even good for creativity.
#4 Listen to your body and make necessary ergonomic adjustments
There are certain design rules that you can follow to arrange yourself an ergonomic workspace and make adjustments in your desk, chair and monitor to better fit the position of your body. To be comfortable when typing on the keyboard your arms should be bent at the elbows at 90 degrees and your wrists should be straight. It is very bad for the neck to constantly tilt the head up or down to be able to see, so make sure you consider this when placing the monitor.
Check Osha’s computer workstations e-tool for more details on what you can do to improve your body posture, component placement, and work environment. Still, just to pay attention to your body, how it feels inside and out, and to make the necessary adjustments can really go a long way. Read how blogging is similar to practicing yoga.
#5 Get a chair you want to sit in
You won’t want to sit in your chair if you are not comfortable in it. And it’s hard to get the work done if you are not sitting in the chair, right? So get a chair that is a good fit for you. Invest some time and effort (it’s not always money) to find a chair that feels comfy and is exactly right for what you need in terms of better productivity while blogging. You’ll know when you’ll find it, and you would not want to leave it. 🙂 Still, make sure to get up from time to time to do some of these stretches.
Have you made any recent upgrades to your blogging workspace? What has the most priority on your lists? Tell us in the comments…