Finding the right place in your home to work has been a challenge during the pandemic. Makeshift workstations have appeared in kitchens, on sofas, and even in the bedroom for some. Regardless of how you decide to work at home, it’s all about finding the right setting to be productive and not distracted.
For half of Americans, their production sweet-spot comes by facing a blank wall in their home, according to a new study.
Fifty-percent of Americans working remotely said they get the most accomplished when facing a blank walk in their home, while music and podcasts and disorganization are distractions when working from home.
The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Aera, looked into the habits of professionals working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, which uprooted the workforce into remote locales. While vaccination is picking up across the country, cities like New York continue to work remotely with many expected to continue through 2021.
The survey, which polled 2,000 people, found that 39% of participants said their emotions and mood are impacted by their surroundings, with a quarter of participants saying their environment can “completely” change the way they feel.
Obviously, mood can impact productivity. Participants said their mood swings based on a few things: how clean or tidy their workplace is (52%), how it smells (52%), and what the temperature is in the room (49%). Oddly, these are all things that can happen in the office. (Don’t forget about your coworkers smelly lunches.)
In order to maximize their at-home experience, 78% of participants said they created a specific routine or space in their home to feel more relaxed. Boomers were the leading generation when it came to setting up a routine (84%); about 67% of millennials do the same.
To maximize production, 41% of workers said they move to a different part of their house when needing a bit of a spark. Thirty-one percent said they will move around if they need to avoid a potential distraction, according to the survey.
Respondents said the bedroom is where they feel most relaxed (45%), which was also where a quarter said they felt most productive.
If you’re feeling stuck and need a change of scenery, a quick way to add a little life to your home can be done through color. Whether by painting a wall or adding little objects around you, it can be a mood booster that can be beneficial to productivity.
Sixty-five percent of respondents said the color blue makes them feel relaxed; 39% said it made them feel energized. The color cinnamon was also a popular color choice that measured highly in both those marks, according to the study.
“Engaging the senses is one of the easiest and most effective brain hacks,” said Sandra Barvaux, VP of Fragrance at Aera, in a statement. “The olfactory system, especially, since it is most closely connected to the emotional center in the brain. Even small, simple changes in an environment can powerfully impact mood and productivity.