When it comes to home improvement, one of the quickest things to do in order to have an immediately more satisfying existence is to focus on ergonomics. Because, yes, it’s cool to have a new set of kitchen cupboards or a redesigned family room, but especially if you work from any kind of home office, you’ll spend way more time doing repetitive tasks than strictly enjoyable ones.
So, what are five ergonomic tips to help you on your way? Think about getting a proper desk, the right office chair for your work, how to 5-S your main working areas, who to appreciate efficiency over and above tradition, and how to think in terms of systems rather than individual events. And yes, it’s all considered home improvement!
Get a Proper Desk
More than anything else, you need to get a proper desk for proper ergonomics. There are studies that show sitting down too much is bad for you and there are studies that say that standing up is bad for you. So for the perfect balance, you need to find a desk that allows you to do both. Plain and simple.
The Chair Comes Next
And after you have your desk in order, the next step in your home improvement ergonomic process is to buy an ergonomic chair. There have been huge advances in this type of production specifically in the last few years. There have been extensive sets of experimentation that go into making sure people that spend lots of time sitting on chairs aren’t wrecking their bodies because that would undermine long-term success at any job, or even undermine the enjoyment of being at home entertaining yourself.
Use 5S On a Small Scale
For a little bit different approach to home improvement on the ergonomics scale, thinking about using the 5S process to decide where to put things in your house. This can be particularly effective in a kitchen area because you’ll have smarter access to cooking materials, as well as smarter patterns for cleaning up after yourself.
Appreciate Efficiency Over Tradition
In many cases, people will assume that traditional ways of doing things are often an improvement over more haphazard developments that have occurred over the years. That’s all fine and good, but if you really want to make sure that you’re improving specific circumstances, you think in terms of efficiency, and not just ‘what people have been happy with before.’
Think In Terms Of Systems
Systems thinking doesn’t necessarily come naturally to many people. You have to problem-solve based on all different types of data, and when it comes to home improvement, most people want to just do one thing at a time. But, if you start to think in multiples, not only will you get better results – you’ll also be uniquely suited to do your next projects.