Ergonomics can be defined as the study of how people work in their station or environment. Effectively utilizing ergonomics means to make a workstation fit the worker, not the opposite. There’s real science behind this that when applied, provides many benefits.
Benefits of Improving Ergonomics
Increase of productivity, quality of performance, and overall personal engagement
Creates a happier and healthier work environment
Reduces stress, both physically and mentally
As an entrepreneur or owner of a small business, if you don’t already work completely from home, you probably do so very often. This has only increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Working from home will likely continue when life goes back to normal for many fields and businesses where possible, or there will at least be an option. Knowing all this, it’s especially important to have a set workplace that is both functional and comfortable for you.
Ways You Can Improve Ergonomics
Wear Blue Light Blocking Glasses
When you’re constantly looking at the blue light screens emit, it strains your eyes. This can cause long-term damage to your eyes as well as many other negative effects such as: headache / migraine, eye pain / fatigue, having a hard time falling asleep due to decreased melatonin production, etc.
This doesn’t mean only for food and washroom. Take frequent short breaks from staring at a screen and blink (a tip from my eye doctor). Stretch your wrists and legs. Gently roll your neck. Get a breath of fresh air. Make sure you’re staying hydrated.
Don’t Work in Bed
As tempting as it is, try your best not to. This is because your brain will begin to associate your bed with a place of work, making it harder to sleep at night. You only want to have your brain associate your bed with a place of restfulness and sleep. On the same note, if it’s possible to completely stay out of your bedroom when working, that’s even better.
Have a Set Space for Work
Have some type of office or space which you can dedicate to work and work only. When you’re done, leave the space. Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat work-time as work-time and off-time as off-time.
Invest in a Great Chair
When you’re sitting for extended periods of time, it’s important to have a chair that is comfortable and supports you. As a side note: sitting on a yoga ball for 20 minutes at a time is shown to improve core strength and posture, contributing to overall comfort.
Bring Feng Shui to Your Space
Although not everyone has the capacity to follow Feng Shui to a tee, there are a lot of little things you can do. Decluttering your workspace, adding a small plant, letting in natural light, and keeping an overall minimalist approach is a good start.
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