I was wondering if working outside would put a different perspective on things. So I am writing this post outside, looking out over lakes and mountains, in comfortably warm sunshine.
So, is there a difference?
Well, apart from the shine on the screen (!!!) I feel more relaxed, less strained, more aware of my surroundings and, even though I say this myself, more creative/inspired.
There may be many reasons for this:
- Relaxed: surrounded by greenery – they say that the colour green is calming and restful
- less strained: my eyes are not focussed closely on the screen. Although I can touch type, that I can focus my eyes on a vista seems to relax the mind
- Surroundings: the calm sound of the wind in the trees, and gentle warmth of the sun on my face brings about a sense of well-being
- More creative: that remains open to debate. They say the “taste of the pudding is in the eating” so you will have to be the judge.
I am incredibly aware of how fortunate I am to be able to work like this. Many people work in high-rise, air-conditioned offices. Even here, you can be and should be aware of your working environment. So here’s my little list of suggestions:
- Get greenery into your office. It doesn’t have to be a big tree or a large ornamental display – just a couple of indoor plants within easy sight of you will begin to have an effect. Don’t forget to water them!!!
- If you are a smoker, chances are that your office allows you a number of smoke breaks a day. If you are a non-smoker, do you go out and have breaks? You should. Get up, walk around the office, or get outside for 10mins. If you are fortunate enough to have a window near you, go look outside. Allowing your eyes to adjust to long distance is good for them.
- Offices are known for their “white noise”. If you are allowed your iPod or mp3 player at your desk, you may want to consider downloading some relaxing, chill out music, or even better music that is known to affect moods i.e calming, energising, reflective, inspiring.
It is well known that when you are working in the correct environment, productivity increases. It’s not the only reason, but at least you can start to take a little control over the working area in your part of the office.
- Images of a Positive Work Environment (novacrea.wordpress.com)
- Environments and Creativity – Why Not in Political Discourse? (customerthink.com)
- Optimising Your Environment for Creativity (zenstorming.wordpress.com)
What other benefits would you consider to be the result of working outside regularly?
Do you, or have you worked outside? Tell us your story.
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