Manage your workspace2018-09-07T13:16:28+00:00

WELLBEING ASSESSMENT

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WELLBEING ASSESSMENT

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WORK CHALLENGES

WORK CHALLENGES

WORK DEMANDS

Build calmness into your workspace

When work is hectic, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the projects, deadlines and lists that are waiting for our input.

A simple but effective strategy, before we prioritise those lists and get started, is to pay attention to our workspace. There’s all the usual practical advice – clear the clutter, create a system, and get rid of distractions – that are important to do.

We’re suggesting a broader approach, though. Think “calm, happy to be here, working effectively” workspace – what would make you want to be there?

Clearly, some of the externals are likely to be outside of your control – who you sit next to, for example, and noise levels. But what can you control? Here are some ideas that you may find useful:

  1. What cues or triggers help you to get started in the morning? Do you have a ritual of writing to-do lists? Invest in a great pad and interesting pens. Or perhaps listening to the same piece of music (earplugs on, in case your colleagues hate it) acts as the kick-start for you. Whatever it is, use it. If you don’t have a “start” trigger, experiment with some and see which one(s) work best for you. It’s worth chatting to colleagues to get some good ideas.
  2. What objects in your workspace remind you to stay calm? Could be a photograph of someone or something that calms you, a pot plant or a particular screen saver. Again, if you don’t have a “stay calm” object, remember to try some different ones out.
  3. Similarly, what helps you keep the big picture of your life in perspective? We know that staying connected to our strongest sense of meaning/purpose helps us hold on to a sense of perspective when things are stressful or difficult. This might be a photo of your family, or your favourite hobby, or a symbol of something that is important to you.

What helps you to create a great workspace?

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