How to Choose Your Most Productive Workspace (Hint: It May Not Be Your Desk)

Angie Abratiguin
4 minute read

How to Choose Your Most Productive Workspace

Do you ever get the feeling that your current workspace is not particularly inspiring or motivating enough anymore?

It could be anything from the setup, location, the people around you, the environment or simply just monotony that comes with being in the same old spot for God knows how long.

Your answer is probably yes. Guess what? You are not alone. There are thousands of business people who feel the same way.

You see, your workplace directly affects our productivity. So, you need to be in a place that boosts your creativity and also drives you to get more things done.

Remote working or alternative workplace is changing where and how people work. A Stamford University study found out that remote working can lead to ‘astonishing’ productivity. That’s why more companies are increasingly embracing remote working.

So,  how do I choose the most productive workspace?

Try Different Locations

This is probably one of the most obvious ones especially if the normal office setup has simply lost its magic. However, this is not as simple as it looks. Like earlier mentioned, different locations work for different people.

A coffee shop is a good example. When you think about remote working, the first idea that pops in your head is the coffee shop. Which is absolutely fine but is it really the most productive workspace for you?

The only way to find out, especially if you are trying this remote working thing for the first time, is to identify the most ideal coffee shop and go check it out. Get a feel of the surrounding, the furniture – is it comfortable enough? Is it noisy, quiet, or somewhere in between? Can you focus on your work with the smell of pastries and coffee wafting from the kitchen?

If yes, then go ahead, give it a shot and get productive. If not, onto the next one.

Try Different Times of the Day

Once you have the right location all figured out, it’s now time to identify your most productive time of day.

We all have or experience moments when we are so productive and times when we struggle to perform even the smallest tasks such as composing an email.

Traditional working hours have for the longest time been between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. This hasn’t changed yet. However, with remote working becoming popular, employees who have the freedom to work from anywhere pretty much get to choose at what time they actually work, too.

The best way to identify the time of day or night that works for you is to try working at different times of the day.

You could be a night owl but you are struggling to get things done during the day or you could be a morning person but you are wasting a lot of time trying to be creative in the afternoon.

Experiment with Different Office Settings

If you are the type of person that still believes in the good old office set up but you have lately been struggling to get stuff done, then it’s about time you considered changing your office setup.

For you to be productive your mind needs to be stimulated. Changing your desk location is a good place to start. Experiment with different locations in the office or try redecorating your office or cubicle.

Enhancing how your office looks and decluttering can work magic and get your creative juices flowing once again. You could also try co-working spaces for a change. These are increasingly becoming popular mainly among millennials.

Try Working From Home

Working from home has its ups and downs. But while working from home has its disadvantages, it also has numerous benefits, and that’s probably why you should let your employees work from home.

However, to make it easier for your employees to work from home and actually enjoy doing it, there are a few things you need to do. Make sure they can collaborate easily with each other. Also, have the right cloud solution in place. And if you haven’t already, here’s a comprehensive guide on how to make the transition to the cloud.

You also need to integrate your processes with the right integration solution for your industry. This will enhance your employees’ remote working experience, which will improve their productivity as well.

These are just some of the things that you need to consider when looking to choose your most productive workspace. The bottom line, your ideal productive workspace needs to be comfortable, convenient, cost-effective and most importantly, easily accessible.

Have you found your most productive workspace yet? Tell us about it.