Whisper it quietly, but productivity has become a major drag on the UK economy. Overall, UK workers’ productivity fell yet again in the final three months of last year, as it declined by 0.1% in comparison to the same quarter precisely one year ago.
Whilst these figures generally cover the productivity of workforces up and down the UK, this is also an issue that can impact significantly on sole traders and home office workers.
The good news is that there are various low-cost ways of boosting productivity in your home office, including introducing different aromas. In this post, we’ll look at some of the best aromas for your home office and ask how they can impact on your productivity.
- Create Ideas with Peppermint or Cinnamon
If you work as a creative, it’s important to create an environment in which you’re able to generate ideas freely and within relatively tight time frames.
By selecting candles that are scented with peppermint or cinnamon, however, you can stimulate your cognitive senses and really get your creative juices flowing.
There’s some science to support this theory too, with various studies suggesting that these scents provide a boost for your brain and actively improve both your memory and level of awareness.
- Tackle Tiredness and Fatigue with Orange and Lemon
Tiredness and fatigue can also take their toll on productivity, particularly if you don’t have the positive energy of a team to keep you going. We can also become mentally fatigued for a number of reasons, including dietary deficiencies, seasonal allergies and even the common cold.
We’re particularly prone to feelings of fatigue half way through the typical working day, which can be problematic as you’ll still have a considerable amount of work to get through at this time.
Fortunately, certain scents can help to counter this issue, including orange and lemon. Orange is particularly renowned for providing an energising shot in the arm, particularly when used in a diffuser.
The Neom Organics brand also sells lemon-infused candles that have been specially formatted to boost your energy levels, and these can really help to counter the effects of physical and mental fatigue on a daily basis.
- Improve your Focus with Rosemary
If you’re anything like us, you’ll struggle to operate at your best on Monday morning. This malaise can be caused by a combination of tiredness and a fundamental lack of motivation, but either way it can significantly impair your level of focus.
One scent that can help to tackle this issue is rosemary, which is known to boost your memory whilst also alleviating physical symptoms such as indigestion and headaches. In general, this scent can do wonders for your focus, by eliminating many of the distractions that occur during the working day.
This is best used in the morning, as it provides a much-needed pick-me-up that can really boost your professional performance.