Five Tips to Make Your Office, Well, Productive

Armed with a few simple concepts, you can create an office that reduces stress and improves your productivity according to Linda Varone, an award winning home and office design consultant.  Restaurants, retail stores and hotels have spent tons of money on research to figure out how to best use their environments to get consumers to behave in specific ways. Varone says it’s easy to take lessons from them. In our interview, Varone talks specifically about the tricks retailers employ, and how to use their insights to improve your home or corporate office. If you want to learn Linda’s tips, give a listen by clicking or downloading below.  I’ve summarized some of the key points in this post, but some of the best details are in the recording.

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Here’s a summary of the five principles Varone suggests you can use to affect your workspace. One of the key principles is to match your space to your work style – for example, are you creative and active or more contemplative in your work?


Bold colors pull you outside of yourself and encourage you to move around while softer colors support analytic or focused work.  Varone points out that color isn’t just for looks, it actually transmits energy.


Keep lighting soft for focused work.  Don’t depend on overhead lighting to meet all your work needs.  Varone recommends keeping a table lamp (not a desk lamp) on your desk to bring light closer to your work.  Desk lamps, unlike table lamps, tend to fatigue the eyes. Listen to Varone’s interview for more details on the how’s and why’s of this.  She says table lamps are less important for physically active workers, while craft or fine work may require a task lamp in addition to an overhead light source.  In all situations, Varone recommends you choose warm or soft light compact fluorescents to avoid a harsh, cold feel.

Indoor Landscaping/Connection to Nature

Nature brings peace and balance into our lives, so don’t forget to add a little nature to your workspace.  If you have the option, move your desk next to a window to allow for natural light and to get a view of the sky or some greenery.  If that’s not possible, try a potted plant.   She says it will make a difference.


This is more of a personal preference; but here are some suggestions. For focused work, try playing quiet music that is slow and harmonious, like classical music or jazz.  Another alternative is to play a CD of nature sounds, or, if it makes sense, open your window.  On the other hand, if you engage in physical or routine work, louder, more upbeat music (with tempo variations) like pop, rock, disco or opera could be more conducive to wellness.


Keep the temperature moderate; too cold or too hot may make it difficult to focus.  At a shared corporate office, this may be difficult to manage, so consider having a fan or an extra layer of clothing nearby, just in case.

If you’d like to dig deeper, take a look at Varone’s book, “The Smarter Home Office: 8 Simple Steps to Increase Your Income, Inspiration and Comfort” or visit her site at .  Varone’s  been helping people add warmth, energy and comfort to their spaces since 1991, using a unique combination of the style of interior design and the insights of architectural psychology.  You can contact her at 781-643-8697.

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Date: Wednesday, 15. June 2011 14:04
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