As I have been working in a focused manner over the last few months at my desk at home, I’ve discovered some things that make the experience much more enjoyable. When you sit in one place for 48 minutes straight it’s nice to have music playing, a beverage, a comfortable chair, and good lighting. When working on the computer, it’s important to have a multi button mouse and a comfortable keyboard.
I’ll list out some of the tools that have worked for me.
For beverages I usually like coffee or tea while I’m working. It’s nice to be able to keep the beverage warm while sitting or actually have the coffee maker in the room. An insulated caraffe works well to keep up to three cups warm for at least an hour. A coffee warmer works well for a single cup. And a personal coffee maker is great for brewing one cup of coffee, tea, or other hot beverage right at your desk.
As far as my chair goes, I’ve been trying different models at work to see what works the best. We have leather chairs, fabric chairs and one with a hard plastic back. One of the more unique models is one with an adjustable backrest. I think a chair is a personal preference as many of my co-workers like different ones. I personally like a chair that is adjustable and that has armrests.
For lighting there is a world of difference between light sources. There is the warm yellow lighting that brings out skin tones, soft flourescent lighting that is easy on the eyes, or a special lighting that simulates real sunlight. What really seems to help is a desk lamp to brighten your work area. Since bulbs are cheap I would recommend trying a few different kinds and see what works for you.
A few months back I picked up a great computer mouse that was inexpensive but had some internet enabled buttons on the sides. This little unit really speeds up web searches as it has a back and forward buttons for web browsing. This reduces arm movement and makes the whole browsing experience much more enjoyable. This is especially helpful if you have a large widescreen monitor.
To finish up your computer interface you might want to try one of the new slightly ergonomic comfort curve keyboards. These have a slight curve to them for comfort but without being cumbersome.
And to finish off your focused working environment a digital countdown timer is a must. This will give you feedback when you need it and keep you on task.
Well my timer is going off… you might want to check out our other articles on Optitasking and working in a focused manner.