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5 good habits to increase your productivity in 2021

By June 14, 2020 January 11th, 2021 No Comments

Looking to step up your work-from-home game in 2021? Kickstart the new year with fresh focus and improved form with the Secretlab 2020 Series.

With a wide range of adjustments that can adapt to how you sit, Secretlab chairs are the perfect upgrade for your home workstation. A good chair is a necessity and not a luxury — it plays a crucial role in your overall health by supporting your back in the right posture and relieving strain. And when you’re comfortably seated, you’ll find it far easier to stay focused and alert throughout the day. 

But a good chair works best when paired with good habits. Take your game to the next level with these 5 helpful tips. 

Set up a comfortable workstation

It’s important that you feel comfortable and at ease at your desk. A good, supportive chair has a wide range of adjustments, so it can adapt to your unique sitting habits. When back pain accounts for an astounding 264 million lost work days in a year, a well-designed chair is integral to basic productivity.

Secretlab chairs are designed to support you in all the right places. The four-directional armrests can be moved into the precise position to properly support your elbows and take the strain off your neck and shoulders, while the multi-tilt mechanism lets you tilt back in your seat and lock it at your desired angle. On top of that, the full-length backrest supports a good 165° of recline, so you can set it at the exact angle you prefer.

In addition, both your feet should be placed flat on the ground to maintain a neutral posture. Your Secretlab chair is height-adjustable, so you can pull up on the right lever and tweak the height to suit you.

However, your chair is just one part of the equation. The position of your monitor is important too and can affect the way you sit. The top of your screen should be level with, or a maximum of 30° below your eyes. This is because your eyes tend to look straight ahead and downward naturally when at rest. Your screen also shouldn’t be too close or too far away, so you can view the entire display without craning your neck or squinting. As a rough guide, your monitor should be placed straight ahead and an arm’s length away. 

Sit up straight!

If you want to stop slouching, a Secretlab chair can help. With a full-length ergonomic backrest, supportive cold-cure foam, and extensive adjustments that adapt to a wide range of sitting preferences, Secretlab chairs keep you comfortable and maintain a good posture. If you need help on how to get the most out of your chair’s many features, check out our guide here.

Furthermore, sitting actually puts more pressure on your back than when standing up. When you’re seated, the pressure on your lower back increases by around 1.7x your body weight, and that’s when you’re sitting properly. If you’re slouching, the pressure goes up further. After a mere 20 minutes, your vertebral discs start to absorb the pressure, which can lead to a stiff back as the day progresses and even spinal degeneration or other chronic back conditions in the long term. Are you 30 but feel like 60? This might be why. 

We designed our chairs to help mitigate these issues. The Secretlab TITAN comes with a built-in adjustable lumbar support to shore up your lower back, while the Secretlab OMEGA has a dense memory foam lumbar pillow for the same purpose.

Recharge with regular breaks

Staying productive doesn’t mean being glued to your work for 8 whole hours. It’s not about putting in more hours. Instead, you should want to work smarter and more efficiently.

Experts say regular breaks every 75 to 90 minutes can help boost your focus. Use this time to exercise, which has been shown to boost energy levels, or take a power nap. The full-length backrest on your Secretlab chair reclines almost completely flat, perfect for catching some shut-eye.

Declutter your workspace

Don’t let your work overwhelm you — literally. Good organization keeps your mind and desk clear. Get rid of clutter for a clean and minimalist workspace, and top it off with a Secretlab chair.

Keep only the essentials around you and ensure stacks of documents don’t pile up. Or better still, reduce your dependency on paper and do away with documents entirely.

Spruce up your workstation

Decorate. Pick a theme for your setup. Get a matching Secretlab chair. With a wide range of colors and upholstery options, there’ll be a chair that fits your setup’s look perfectly.

A workspace that you feel happy to be working at can help you feel more motivated. Studies have found that decorating your workspace can help increase productivity and energy. This can be as simple as adding a plant to your desk or even a photo of a loved one, and working in more aesthetically pleasing surroundings can help boost your mood.

Secretlab chairs come in a wide range of colors and upholstery options, from buttery-smooth NAPA leather to stylish, streetwear-inspired SoftWeave® Fabric. PRIME™ 2.0 PU leather offers the widest selection, ranging from a business-like all-black colorway to special edition flavors like the Game of Thrones and Dark Knight Editions. Whatever theme you’re going for, there’s a Secretlab chair for you.