It can be said that a large part of who we are comes from how we grew up or where we came from. The thought is that essentially our environment contributes to what we ultimately will become and who we will ultimately become. There are a number of strategies that one can use if they are trying to build a buisness or reach a goal to ensure they are successful, many of which we have spoken about in past blogs that I’ve written. Today, however we are talking about creating your environment in order to achieve the maximal amount of success possible everyday. Creating a proper working and thinking environment can foster creative ideas and strategies to help grow your business or personal success. Not everyone needs complete silence to work, but most people need a structured environment that fits their personal thought flow process.
HOW TO CREATE A DYNAMIC AND ENRICHING ENVIRONMENT THAT FOSTER PRODUCTIVITY
The first thing you should think about when creating your environment is when do you think you work the best. Is it in a quiet space, do you need to have music playing, do you like softer lighting or do you like to be in a specific room of the house. Once you’ve identified some of these triggers you can move on to shaping your work environment. I’ll give you an example of how I’ve set up my main work office so I can thrive. Since I have a great amount of sunlight in my office I typically turn off the florescent light so I can have natural sunlight in my office. I’ve also set up my workspace so I take off my shoes so I can be comfortable (something about not having my feet hot that relaxes me). So, those are a couple of tips that I use for my office. Here are some standard tips that many people have found that work for them:
5 ENVIRONMENT PRODUCTIVITY HACKS TO INCREASE WORKFLOW AND IDEAS
- TEMPERATURE CONTROL – There’s nothing like being too hot or too cold that affects the way we work. According to research reported in Men’s Health, workers are most productive in temperatures ranging between 71 and 77 degrees. After analyzing hundreds of workers, researchers found cooler temps were the top cause of afternoon productivity lags. This confirmed a 2004 study from Cornell University that found that temps of 68 degrees or lower in an office increased worker errors. As the temperature increased to between 68 and 77 degrees, typing errors dropped by 44 percent and typing output increased 150 percent.
- LIGHTING – If you remember I said I shut off the florescent light in my office, it’s because the natural light relaxes me and puts me at ease. there’s a 2012 study by Mirjam Muench that studied two separate groups of people—one who spent multiple work days in daylight and another who spent multiple days working in natural light. The study found more dramatic feelings of sleepiness at the end of the day in those who worked in artificial light. Scientists have theorized in recent years that artificial light has disrupted our body’s circadian rhythms, leading us to fall out of sync with the sun. There are plenty of things that affect our sleep already, let the natural light of the sun relax you while you work.
- NOISE – I tend to like low level noise when I work but check this out, In a study published by Cornell University, researchers reported finding higher levels of epinephrine in workers who were exposed to low levels of noise, when compared to workers exposed to no noise. This indicated workers exposed to noise were under higher levels of stress. Studies have shown office noise can lead to negative moods, inability to concentrate on a task, and even health issues after prolonged exposure…..but there’s a caviat: studies have also shown music can decrease productivity when a worker is conducting a task that requires focus. But when it’s a task a worker performs on a regular basis, music can actually increase concentration. So the debate wether or not music will distract you seems like it’s a personal decision rather than a scientific one.
- COMFORT – Who doesn’t like being uncomfortable at work? It’s why earlier I told you I have to take off my shoes at my desk, but now I know why: according to two new studies by Alan Hedge, Ph.D., CPE and Cornell University found that a comfortable working environment can do more than make workers happy: it can improve productivity as well. We found that the computer workers who had access to the adjustable work surfaces also reported significantly less musculoskeletal upper-body discomfort, lower afternoon discomfort scores and significantly more productivity,” Hedge, director of Cornell’s Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory, said in a press statement
- ORGANIZATION – When we are organized we are more productive. There’s nothing like trying to find something you need and it’s lost in a heap of invoices and papers from two or three weeks ago. Organization can also be a sign of wether or not we are happy or is there is something else going on. If you want to get more out of your planning time, try to create for yourself a way to organize your thoughts and work flow.
Here’s to your success,