Another feature of an optimized office is a window with a view, preferably of a natural landscape. If you cannot negotiate a desk with a view, another plan is to choose an office in your building that is the shortest stroll from an urban park. A visit here will revitalize your mind and compensate for your lack of a view.
The simple act of making your own decisions about how to organize your workspace has an empowering effect and has been linked with improved productivity. If you have the luxury of designing your own workspace, consider choosing a layout and distressed wood office desk that is curved and rounded rather than sharp and straight-edged. Creating this environment has been linked with positive emotions, which is known to be beneficial for creativity and productivity (added bonus: there is also less chance of knocking an elbow or knee on a sharp corner)
If you only do one thing to optimize your workspace, invest in a green plant or two in the corner of room or above your desk furniture. Research has repeatedly shown that the presence of office plants has a range of benefits including helping workers recover from demanding activities and lowering stress levels. As a bonus, there is also evidence that plants can reduce office pollution levels.
The spaces we occupy shape who we are and how we behave. This has serious consequences for our psychological well-being and creative performance. Given that many of us spend years working in the same room, or even at the same distressed wood office desk, it makes sense to organize and optimize that space in the most beneficial ways possible.