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Optimize your Office Space

Hello and welcome to my first WORKING WELLNESS WEDNESDAY 🤩

Since kind of switching career paths this year, I thought it would be beneficial to start to include some more about wellness & work! I started my career work pretty young, I was 17 when I started working in an office and I loved almost every second of it. I learned a lot along the way and now to be running my own business 6 years later feels so surreal. I never though I’d be working for myself to benefit other people, but here we are. So crazy how things happen over time and how quickly!

I have worked from home for almost the past 2 years, I left office work in 2018 and never really thought much about it. Then with COVID, I realised I was in an ideal position: I had already worked from home, I was already set-up for success, and I was already accustomed to what it meant to ‘work’ while at home. I’m starting this new series to help all of you get to where you want to be in terms of finding the balance between work and wellness. Finding the absolute balance between work and wellness, that is living your best Lemon Zest Life.

This week wanted to focus on Optimizing your Office Space.

There is actually an ergonomically correct way to set-up your desk space for the best productivity rate.
Your desk should be separated into 3 ‘zones.’ And while I don’t necessarily like the boring way that my textbook explain it, but this way works (and makes better sense)

Zone 1

This is where all the stuff goes that you use most often. Ideally, it’s just your laptop and mouse, but if you’re anything like me and you like to write things out, this is also your zone for pens, pencils, paper, etc.
Anything that you can easily grab that won’t require you to reach very far.

This ensures that nothing in your immediate zone is distracting or getting in your way of work. This also saves you from having to reach far for things or needing to get reorganised often. Your immediate zone is for productivity

Zone 2

This is the organisation zone. You add things that you use daily, but need to let sit in a certain spot. This is where you add your phone, chargers, laptop, desktop, planners, etc. Anything that you can keep organised and that you rarely move around goes into zone 2

This is a pretty important zone because everything in this zone needs to have enough space to feel workable. You feel like you can reach everything comfortably, you don’t need to move around a lot to focus, you don’t need to adjust this space.

Zone 3

This is the way out there zone. This is where things go that you as a reference or rarely. In this zone, add any drinks (Starbucks, coffee, tea, water, etc.) and snacks. You can also add manuals, dictionaries, lighting, pictures, etc. This is kinda like the ‘fun’ zone. You don’t really put anything in this zone that you need to work

This is a zone on its own, because you don’t really put work stuff here. This is the place for the things you reach for that you don’t necessarily need to work – making it right outside the work zone. This is like the decoration station, where you add all your pictures and inspiring quotes and motivational reminders. (This is my favourite part of any desk personally)

If you set yourself up for success on your desk, you can get more done and be more productive throughout the day. Of course, ultimately how you get organised is totally up to you – but the more you get organised and settled, the easier it’ll be to get started during the day.


Yay for the first Working Wellness Wednesday post!! I know everyone is pretty much suffering working from home (I love it) so I’m willing to provide some advice and insight to make it a little bit easier.

Have a fabulous Wednesday and I’ll be back on Saturday with a brand new post.

xo.🍋

Author: Claire Elizabeth

My name is Claire Elizabeth and welcome to my lemon zest life! It all started back in 2015 when I began creating healthy recipes to support my busy lifestyle between the gym, full-time work, and full-time university. Four years later I have updated my healthy recipes but am still living that busy lifestyle. This is catered for the full-time employees, students, parents, and everyone in between that lives a lemon zest life, like me. xo.🍋 ​

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