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Put a Little Spring in Your Space

Spring is in the air, and with it comes the annual urge to dust off the cobwebs, reorganize the attic, and clean out the closets. If spring cleaning is calling your name, consider some small changes to breathe new life into your workspace.

Get moving 

If you spend most of your day sitting at a desk, chances are your life is more sedentary than average. Staring at a screen for eight hours a day — or more — contributes to a whole host of health challenges. It’s critical to find creative ways to build movement into your day. You can invest in a standing desk, but there are simpler, and less expensive, ways to keep moving. Move your printer or trash can to the other side of the room, or stand up and walk when you talk on the phone. A little rearrangement can help you incorporate brain and body breaks into your workday.

Keep it clean 

It sounds obvious, but there is simple magic in a tidy workspace. Use the last five minutes of your workday to clear the clutter, put away pens and papers, and plug in your electronics for a fresh start — and a full charge — the next time you’re ready to get to work. It’s a quick reset, and it’s guaranteed to refresh your mental and physical space for the new day.

Light it up

Natural light makes a room feel bigger, brighter, and warmer. Looking out a window can expand your mind beyond the problem you are trying to solve and help you consider a new perspective. Natural light isn’t always an option, but you can still use good lighting to help yourself concentrate and remain in work mode. Use a lamp or two to create a warm, comforting glow in your workspace — and watch your productivity rise.

Go green

Plants are the quickest way to spruce up any space. They keep the air cleaner, which further promotes productivity, and it helps to have another living element in your workspace. Be mindful of how much light and water your plants need, and let caring for them become part of your regular work routine.

Get personal

You probably personalized your workspace when you first started your job. You may have photos of your family and friends, fun postcards, inspiring quotes, and/or images of places you’d like to visit. But over time, fresh and inspiring can grow stale or disappear into the background. Update your personal touches with more current photos and new sources of inspiration.

Productivity isn’t just about checking tasks off your to-do list. It’s about feeling prepared and empowered to do your best work. Take a fresh approach to work this spring with a workspace makeover.

Contact your Sheridan representative for a consultation to discuss how Sheridan can streamline your publishing processes.

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