You have just set up the core of your new ergonomic workstation. The right sized mouse. An ergonomic keyboard. Computer screens are at the right height and distance. Maybe you even have a new stand up/ sit down workstation.
With all of those new tools you are well on your way to achieving your goals of being healthier, more efficient and happier. But even though these are the major components people talk about when discussing ergonomic workspaces, there are other products out there that can enhance your workstation. We don’t want you to forget about those.
Without light you won’t be able to see anything, right? You want to make sure you have the proper amount of lighting so that you can see your desk, keyboard, screen and anything you read without putting any strain on your eyes. If you are near windows and can bring in natural light, great. But remember there will be times when you may need to use a desk lamp or overhead lighting, such as on a cloudy day or early and late hours. Even in situation where there is good overhead lighting, you may also find that you need a desk lamp for certain instances (or even if an overhead light bulb goes out).
Depending on your workspace, you may want to look into an adjustable keyboard tray. This can help ensure that your keyboard and mouse are at the right height for comfortable typing. And it can stow away under your workspace to open up space for other items, or to just clear space when you are not using the area for work.
There may have been a time when wearing headphones at the office would have gotten someone fired. But those days are gone. Now it’s commonplace for people to walk around the entire day with a pair on their head or around their neck. Whether the main purpose is to block out distracting sounds, listen to a webinar or talk to a client, headsets are part of today’s office. When choosing a pair, be sure they are comfortable (not too loose, not too snug). Also be sure the sound comes through clearly.
Apps That Can Help You Work
With the amount of technology out there today, why not take advantage of all you can to work smarter, not harder? We’re sure you have a number of them that you use (whether they are what your employer uses or they are ones you have found useful over the years), but we wanted to share the types of apps that we find most helpful to us.
- The right conference call and screen sharing program, like UberConference – many have free versions, so if you haven’t looked in a while, don’t be scared
- Calendar app that makes it easier to schedule meetings and events, like Calendly
- A timer, or if needed, and app, that uses the Pomodoro technique to keep you focused on the task at hand
- Password management program, like LastPass
- Apps that help manage all of your social media in one place, like Hootsuite
- Apps that help you find the right freelancer for the task, like Upwork
Blanket, Sweater or Fleece Jacket / Small Fan
Unfortunately in many workplaces you will have little control over the temperature that the room gets. Don’t let the fact that it may be too warm or too cold for your liking slow you down or ruin your day. Be prepared. Have something you can put over your shoulders when it gets too cold. And have a small desk fan ready to cool you off a bit if the AC isn’t kicking in.
It’s always nice to have a reminder of some of the reasons we work so hard. Pictures of family, favorite vacation spots and items that you are saving up for are great to have around. If you’re having a hard time on a task, just take a glance and a deep breath and you may just feel better about things.
Anything That Can Mitigate Distractions
They happen to the best of us. Little things that shouldn’t take our attention away, but in the end we find ourselves enveloped by them. Whether it’s a splinter that won’t come out quickly, food stuck between the teeth after lunch, or a pair of glasses with a screw that keeps coming loose, these mundane things somehow can take over an entire afternoon. So be prepared with tweezers, dental floss or super glue to make sure you can focus on your work.
Did we miss anything? Let us know what you need to have in your workspace to be healthier, more efficient and happier.