When people think of productivity, tools such as time management, list, mind mapping, and other kinds of apps come up. So most of us who want to be productive end up thinking that we need to download a lot of “get things done” software to help increase our dwindling productivity.
Rarely do we give attention to one of the factors that easily affects how we do our work and at what rate we finish them — our environment.
Here are three ways you can use to increase your productivity without needing to use any kind of apps. All you have to do is to pay attention to your surroundings.
1. Use natural light when you’re working in the morning and early afternoon.
Researchers studying the effects of light exposure on performance discovered that natural light significantly affects cognitive performance of workers.
According to the study, those exposed to daylight in the early afternoon were observed to be more alert as they proceeded to work in the evening compared to those exposed to artificial light, who became sleepier.
Thus, it’s actually preferable to work using natural light as it has a positive impact on alertness, mood, and behavior. In effect, using natural light can improve worker happiness and, well, happy workers tend to produce more results.
So work near windows if you can and enjoy the sunshine. You can also get up early, before sunrise, and soak up as much sunlight as you can to help you get energized.
2. Keep your workplace nice and warm.
An ergonomic study at Cornell University found that warmer temperature in offices results in fewer (typing) errors and higher productivity. On the other hand, decreased productivity and more mistakes were observed when working in colder temperatures.
A cold environment distracts people from concentrating on their work because they’re focusing their energy on trying to keep warm. This isn’t really a problem when you have control over your working environment. You can always turn up the heat.
However, there may be workplaces wherein a cold environment is necessary to “keep the computers cool.” In this case, your productivity may depend on the outfit you wear and whether or not you’re brave enough to tell show your boss this article. Or you can use a personal heating pad!
3. Move a few things every now and then.
The way your workspace is arranged is also a big factor in your productivity.
Are important and often-used documents or equipment within reach?
When was the last time you changed something about your work area?
Do you work at home? When did you last clean your home office?
The fact is most of us become so busy that we begin to neglect our surroundings. We keep putting off cleaning or keeping things away until “we have time.”
Simple things like getting up to look for your laptop charger (and then figuring out which outlet to use) can affect the flow of work. Move a few things around with convenience in mind. Arrange your work area ergonomically. Make sure the things you constantly need and sue are within easy reach.
More importantly, it’ll help to get rid of the things you don’t need anymore because a cluttered environment results in a cluttered mind.
Increasing your productivity doesn’t have to be expensive or totally software-dependent. Warmth, light, and a little rearrangement may be all it takes. And the great things is, you can easily get started on all three right now.
Make the time for these changes and let others know about it too!
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Environmental Design for Enhanced Productivity
This is a guest post by Glori Urban from SkilledUp.com – the leading source of reviews, ratings and deals on online courses, with over 60,000 courses from over 200 providers available in every subject. Find online courses at SkilledUp.com to get skills and get ahead, and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.