Over my many years working in, on or around desks, I’ve become somewhat of a workspace connoisseur. Studies show that people are 18% more productive when working in a suitable environment, and I can attest to how place affects pace of work.
So if you’re in an uncomfortable chair in a cold room, run as fast as you can to….
1. A space with good lighting. Fluorescent light is the evil dictator of lighting. Bleak and oppressive, fluorescent light, in my experience, scares away creativity. I work best in spaces with natural or soft, ambient lighting. Go somewhere with either huge windows or lamps. Just be careful not to get too comfortable in a room that is TOO dim. Sleeping is not getting things done.
2. A space with the right noise level. Depending on the task at hand, you may either need no noise at all, white noise, or a bit of music. If I need unadulterated focus, a cemetery wouldn’t be quiet enough. Other times, upbeat music gets my mind pumped. Or, maybe you are one of those people who can tune out an atomic bomb, so noise doesn’t matter.
3. Atmosphere. I cannot handle white walls. I enjoy being in spaces that coax out the ideas that hang out in the back of my mind; underdeveloped and in need of some vitamin D. When I write, I choose a local coffee shop or bookstore because they make me feel literary. If I’m reading, I go somewhere with a comfortable chair and easy access to snacks. If I’m writing a blog post or tweet for work, I like to be beside a window, like I’m in a highrise office building. Choose a space that makes you feel good. Feel good, work good. (Not proper English, but you get the point.)
Today I’m saying goodbye to the classroom, and soon to say hello to an office. Productivity, commence!
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