What is the most important part of your workday? Is it the middle of the day, just after lunch? Perhaps, you think it’s the very end of the day when you accomplish that final task and end your day on a good note. Maybe, you think it’s when you complete a great meeting with a new client.
If you said any of these things, you are wrong. According to a Thrive Global article from earlier this year, the 90 minutes at the beginning of your day could set the stage for your productivity level for the rest of the day. How, though, can you make the most of this 90-minute period and in turn make the most of your whole workday?
The 90-Minute Productivity Plan
Planning for your 90-minute productive period actually starts the night or evening before. At the end of each workday, determine the most important task you need to complete the next day. This should be the task you focus on for your first 90-minute work session. Getting the most important task out of the way first gives you energy, and it makes you feel a greater sense of accomplishment. This might be just the encouragement you need to make the rest of your day productive.
This pattern of productivity should continue throughout your day. While you can (and should) take a break after you have completed 90-minutes of focused work, avoid taking a long break. When possible, establish a pattern of working for 60-90 minutes at a time and taking about a 10-20-minute break between tasks. This break, though, does not need to be completely unproductive. Use this time to talk to a colleague, take a walk, or work on a less intense task. After your break, you should feel rejuvenated and ready to jump back into work.
One important thing to know about this 90-minutes of productivity is that while it should be early in your day, it does not necessarily need to be the very first thing that you do in the morning. For some people, getting in their first 90-minute intense work session first thing is essential. For other people, they need to check their email or do another task that takes less mental energy first thing. Otherwise, they aren’t awake enough to complete the harder tasks.
Figure out what works for you. Just make sure that you do not wait too long before getting in your first 90-minute focused work session. At the very least, it should be done by midday. The longer you wait to get productive, the harder it is to make your day productive.
Other Keys to Productive Work
Of course, there are several other things you can do to increase your productivity. When combined with your 90-minute productivity plan, you might find yourself getting a lot more accomplished.
Get Up Early
By getting up early, you can get started on your day earlier. Often, this allows you to have several tasks completed before your peers have even gotten out of bed. Just be sure to get to bed early enough to get up early. Getting enough sleep is another important key to success and productivity.
Establish a Schedule
If you are struggling with productivity, you may also want to establish a schedule and stick to it. Without a schedule, it’s easy to procrastinate, saying you’ll do something later today or even later this week. Unfortunately, that often results in the task not getting completed at all.
Ask For Help
No one can do everything on their own. Sometimes, the most important thing you can do to increase your productivity is to ask for help. Whether you don’t understand a task, you simply have too much on your plate, or you have work that can get done faster and easier if two people work together, never be afraid to admit that you can’t do something on your own.
Connect with Nature
Take a walk outside. Get an office plant. Spend the weekend doing yard work. Find other ways to connect with nature. Doing so can help with mental energy, stress, concentration, and creativity, which is going to make you more productive.
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Every workplace is different, so it’s only natural that every office manager develops a unique combination of techniques and methods to manage their team and office environment. Office perks play a major role in the current hiring competition. A lot of press has been given to things like lunchtime catering, trendy office decor, and bring-your-dog-to-work days. These are often little more than gimmicks. Experienced office managers know that true productivity boosters are often completely invisible to the employees. Your best methods successfully fade into a supportive background environment. Today, we’re here to talk about six subtle ways to improve your office environment. You will have everyone smiling more and working harder without even realizing it.
1) Sound-Absorbing Materials
If your office environment is a large room shared by many workstations, the ambient noise level can get surprisingly oppressive. Even the soft clacking and occasional throat clearing in a ‘quiet’ space can start to grate on nerves. Instead of handing out earplugs, consider quietly replacing some of the cubicle walls, light fixtures, and wall art with sound-absorbing office decor. Reducing the echo and distance sound carries can make a real difference.
2) White Noise
Once you’ve brought down the ambient noise, the next question is how to fill the silence. Unless your team is unusually unified in its musical tastes, it’s often difficult to find a radio station or playlist that works for everyone. This is why many office managers are turning to white noise. This removes the odd discomfort caused by silence without adding distraction to the workspace. Consider soft ocean whooshing, leaves rustling in a breeze, or possibly a little inoffensive flute and strings.
3) Natural Light
The best way to light an office has been a long-standing debate for office managers. It’s been found that bright lights cause headaches. This can reduce productivity while dim lights cause relaxation which can also reduce productivity. The current best solution is to provide plenty of natural light by opening up the blinds or making use of skylights. However, if you’re dealing with a complete interior room or one with insufficient windows, look for lights that simulate natural light with a clever choice of ceiling bulbs and lamps.
4) Foot Traffic Management
Many professionals are overwhelmingly distracted by people constantly walking past their desk or workspace. It can be hard to concentrate if your desk is near the restrooms, break room, or placed between any two popular office locations. This results in high foot traffic. Consider rearranging your office so that high traffic paths are clearly separated from workstations. Simple dividers and a subtly ergonomic floorplan can help to isolate your focus-challenged employees from the distractions of visits to the water cooler or elevators.
5) Ergonomic Chairs
Every professional knows that the quality of your work can often be determined by the quality of your chair. A chair that hurts, creaks, or slowly causes discomfort will also cause distractions and falling morale. If you’re constantly hearing either squeaky chairs or complaints about back, shoulder, and neck pain, consider surprising your team with ergonomic chairs one Monday morning.
Bonus Tip: If you want to be a real super-star, ask around to discover if any of your employees have special chair needs. This could be chairs that accommodate a specific back problem or very short professionals for whom normal ergonomic chairs won’t fit their frame.
6) Carpets and Fatigue Mats
Finally, you might be surprised to discover just how much of a role office carpet quality can play in a satisfactory office environment. When employees see and walk on a thin dingy carpet, the entire office feels lower quality. Even if you don’t fully replace the carpet, consider a twice-yearly steam cleaning. This will refresh and fluff what you have and lay down comfortable fatigue mats and runners. These will both dampen the thump of footsteps and ease foot, knee, and hip problems among employees who walk and stand as part of their job.
Being a great office manager is all about keeping track of the little things. There are hundreds of hacks out there to increase productivity from apps to Friday meetings. You can make a big difference without changing anything about the workflow by subtly improving the office itself. Just a few of these little changes can boost morale in a way few will even realize to be the result of your clever efforts.
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City life is an incredible experience of work and play, opportunity and activity. Around every corner is another shop, street vendor, or sparkling office building and there’s always something to do as long as long as you have a few dollars in your pocket. But living in Boston isn’t all glamor and delicious food. There are plenty of hazards that come with city life as well. While you may be thinking about the crazy drivers on your way to work or the occasional flash flood, what we’re talking about today is the inevitable consequence of so many people living and driving so close together, and it’s not just Boston. Every city struggles with its pollution level and while we don’t talk about it, everyone knows that moving to the city is just a little hard on the lunch and bronchial passage. So how do we make Boston healthier?
Digging That City Air
That said, most people who live in the city and have done so their entire lives don’t even notice city air and wouldn’t trade it if they could. This is a subject you almost never hear about except from civil servants and visitors from far more rural regions who are not used to living near so many other people and cars. For a Bostonian, the mild smell of car mixes naturally with other favorite city smells like food truck menus, fresh spray paint, and the endless mix of faint perfume or cologne on your fellow Bostonians. This is the smell of the city and we’d miss it just as much if we moved out to the country as our rural relatives object to the city smells when they come to visit.
Acknowledging the Health Concerns
But as much as we love city life, the health-conscious among us do acknowledge that there are certain medical concerns involved with living around and above a few million cars that fill the streets every day. Pollution is no joke, especially for those who already have health concerns. To this end, many people have developed their own coping mechanisms for staying healthy without having to leave the bustle of city life. Some use air purifiers, some workout indoors, but we’ve found that the best local-scale solution is simply to plant as many beautiful green things as possible.
Breathing Cleaner Air One Plant at a Time
Plants are nature’s natural air scrubbers and they are truly incredible at what they do. Everything that grows roots and green leaves has the unique ability to turn carbon dioxide into sweet wonderful oxygen that enriches our air, makes it easier to think clearly, and literally boosts your mood. The oxygen a single plant produces might seem negligible but what about a hundred plants? Or a million? It turns out that while our parks are great, you don’t actually need a ground-level garden to enhance your home, work, and public environment with more greenery than you can count on your lunch break. In fact, you don’t even need to be outdoors. With the delightful and incredibly attractive innovation of plant walls and arboreal sculptures, businesses, homeowners, and city planners alike are finding ways to fit these beautiful air-scrubbers absolutely everywhere.
Here at Cityscapes Inc, we delight in finding new creative ways to plant things in places you would never expect. Inside cafes, spiraling up the inside of a glass and steel skyscraper, or even with plants in place of cubicle walls, it is absolutely possible to put a plant almost anywhere you might put a wall, sculpture, or piece of furniture. Indoors or outdoors, the smile our plant installations inspire isn’t just because they’re beautiful. It’s also the effect of delicious oxygen lifting your spirits and reminding your brain of the busy forests we used to live in before we ‘grew’ our favorite concrete jungles.
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Committed workers form the backbone of any organization. Their overall well-being is crucial not only in terms of retaining talent but also in generating profits. Few things are as expensive and toxic to a workplace as good employees feeling stressed and burnt out. In fact, 1 in 2 employees leaves their job to escape a demanding work environment.
In recent years, mindfulness meditation is becoming popular with the American mainstream. Many studies have recorded the benefits of mindfulness, with prominent companies like Google, Intel and Aetna offering mindfulness training to their employees.
Drawing its roots from ancient Buddhist meditation, Mindfulness is defined as,
“A state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future.”
The following list explores some of the many benefits that employees can experience from mindfulness meditation:
1. Increases Focus
Mindfulness meditation positively affects attentional functioning and cognitive focus. According to a 2009 study by Moore and Malinowski, researchers compared a group of experienced meditators with a control group that had no prior meditation experience. The meditation group performed significantly better on all tests measuring attention.
2. Creates Self- Awareness And Compassion
Self- leadership is a quality mindfulness emphasizes, making one compassionate and empathetic to the views of others. According to the journal Psychological Science, researchers from Northeastern and Harvard universities found that meditation is significantly related to increased virtuous or “doing good” behavior. This in turn nurtures a healthy and robust company habitat, where employees are cooperative and willing to work as a team, as opposed to being resentful and frustrated.
3. Decreases Anxiety
In a 2013 Massachusetts General Hospital Study, 93 individuals with a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) were randomly assigned to two groups. One group became part of an eight week group intervention program based on mindfulness- based stress reduction (MBSR). The other group studied stress management education (SME), and served as control. By the end of the study, the group enrolled in the MBSR program experienced a significant decrease in anxiety levels.
4. Boosts the Immune System
Telomerase is an enzyme that prevents cell ageing and cell damage, thus prolonging cell longevity. In 2010, researchers examined the effects of a three- month meditation retreat on telomerase activity in participants. A significant increase in enzyme activity indicated that meditation can bolster immunity and reduce the incidence of age- related diseases.
5. Protects the Brain
Mental health of employees is a major concern for company management. Researchers at the University of Oregon discovered that practicing meditation can result in brain changes that may serve as a shield against mental illness. The signaling connections in the brain, also known as axonal density, are enhanced. There is also a rise in myelin, the protective tissue around axons, in the anterior cingulate region of the brain.
6. Less Sick Days
A study published in the journal Annals of Family Medicine, analyzed the protective effects of mindfulness and exercise against cold and flu. A group of 149 people, averaging around 59 years of age, were divided into three groups. Fifty- one participants were allotted eight weeks of mindfulness meditation training. Forty- seven participants performed moderate exercises such as biking and running for eight weeks. The remaining fifty- one participants were not assigned anything. At the end of the research, the meditation group was linked to a 40- 50% decrease in flu symptoms, as compared to a 30- 40% decrease in the exercise group.
Mindfulness boosts the physiological balance of mind, body and spirit. According to research from Stanford, employee productivity per hour drops sharply when the workweek exceeds 50 hours. After 55 hours, the productivity level falls so low that it is insignificant. There isn’t any quality work being done any more. Exhausted workers does not lead to quality work, and is counter- productive to the workplace. Mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool for spiritual development and well- being. With regular practice, employees can develop a complete and holistic outlook toward life and work.
In conclusion, here are some great apps related to mindfulness meditation, that provide both guidance and mental relaxation for your employees:
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All of us want our offices to be productive places, but sometimes it is the design choices we make that limit our own productivity. The conditions people have to work under deeply affect the quality of work that gets done, which is why it’s important to look around, and ask if this is the kind of workspace that’s conducive to progress.
If it isn’t, here are a few simple things you can do to change that.
Tip #1: Shine Some Light On The Issue
There is nothing worse than working in a box under fluorescent lights all the time. One of the simplest ways to improve your office’s atmosphere, according to YFS Magazine, is to increase the amount of natural light that workers are getting. People need natural daylight, and while artificial light will let them see what they’re doing, it can also lead to eye strain, headaches, and general negative feelings. While people aren’t plants, both will perk up a bit if you make sure they get enough time in the sun every day.
Tip #2: Make Your Workers Comfortable
We’ve all seen those copy-and-paste office setups where all the carpets are gray, the walls are white, and every desk is a hard-edged, mass-produced clone. If your office feels more like a classroom, down to the uncomfortable chairs and rigid setup, consider making some changes. As Business News Daily points out, giving workers comfortable chairs, adding splashes of color, and most importantly giving workers options and freedom in how they conduct themselves can all have huge impacts on productivity in the office.
Tip #3: Cut Down On Clutter And Keep Things Clean
A cluttered workspace can feel overly busy and result in a kind of visual “noise” that makes it more difficult for people to focus. Which is why, as Time Doctor suggests, you should keep your workplaces neat, tidy, and streamlined. That means you need to make sure your design doesn’t feel too busy, but it also means you need to regularly vacuum, wipe, and clean everything to prevent buildups of dirt and dust. A clean place to work can do wonders for employee morale. The less cluttered your design is, the easier it is to keep clean.
Tip #4: Include Some Green
There is no denying the positive effects of fresh air, especially considering how hard it can be to get in some office environments. While it might not be possible (or even recommended) to leave the windows open, it is a good idea to include plants in your workplace design. Not only do they add color to your office, but they also produce fresh air, and suck up unwanted pollutants. They will require some additional maintenance and occasional replacement, but the benefits that plants can offer for both comfort and health are impressive.
Tip #5: Open Up Your Space (But Consider Privacy, Too)
Open design has been very chic, and it’s taking companies by storm. However, as The Undercover Recruiter points out, it’s important to consider what open design is supposed to do for your workers. Because the idea is that it opens up communication, and allows people to come and go as they need to. However, it can also affect concentration and cause distractions. Which is why, if you’re going to institute open design in your office space, it’s important to also give workers privacy, and the ability to disengage from the rest of the office in order to concentrate. Carefully consider what your office space’s design is there to accomplish, and then make sure the design you’re implementing will actually be improving office life.
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Living sculptures take the best of nature and art and combine them into one gorgeous display. Creating these sculptures is a true talent as it requires careful consideration of not just what it will look like upon completion but how it will literally grow and change over time. Living sculpture artists are working with a medium that can be unpredictable and fragile, and their work is a testament to both superb planning and of thoughtful patience.
Because of the nature of this work, some of it is ephemeral, lasting only for a season before it either grows out or is pruned away to become the canvas for another piece entirely. The beauty of natural art is that it, like us, is always changing.
Here are some of the most stunning and impressive examples of living sculptures across the world.
Earth Goddess- Atlanta, GA
Located outside of the Cascades Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Earth Goddess certainly lives up to her name. Her eyes closed in serene contemplation as she raises a cupped hand spilling water onto the earth, she embodies the peaceful effects of nature. Many different shades of cascading plants make up this 25-foot display.
Green Animals Topiary Garden- Portsmouth, RI
Topiary features a push and pull between the human sense of order and nature’s tendency to override it. More than 80 pieces make up the Green Animals topiary collection including bears, birds, and abstract shapes. This collection of sculptures has a long history, as it was started under the careful attention of the property’s superintendent back in the early 1900’s. The creators carefully carve the sculptures from yew, English boxwood, and California privet shrubs.
The Circus Trees of Gilroy Gardens- Gilroy, CA
Swedish horticulturist Axel Erlandson used a process called inosculation to shape trees into elaborate designs and patterns, creating dozens of living sculptures out of trees on his property in California in the early 1900’s. While some of his creations were featured by Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, by the time the property was bought in 1964, many of the trees had died. Today, more than two dozen of his creations survive at what is now the Gilroy Gardens. You can see a tree with a trunk woven like a basket that you can look right through. The “Revolving Door” offers a 3D cube in the middle of a tree trunk.
King’s Cross Picnic Display by Anna Garforth
U.K.-based artist Anna Garforth makes graffiti with moss instead of spray paint. She uses natural elements embedded directly into man-made structures to create stunning and beautiful displays. One such example is her installation at King’s Cross Picnic, a commissioned piece for the London Festival of Architecture. With geometric zigzags and diamonds embedded directly into the wall, this piece is both calming and intriguing.
These stunning displays of living sculptures are meaningful reminders of our connection and dependence upon the Earth to sustain us just as we sustain it. Putting this reciprocal relationship into a piece of art is a challenging undertaking with breathtaking results. Some of these sculptures (like Erlandson’s trees) will outlive their creators, taking on new shapes over time. Others are temporary displays. Still, others take on different shapes each season, ensuring that no two visits will ever be the same.
Bringing pieces of living art into our own spaces via living walls of cascading plants, topiary, and sculptures can liven up space, bring us closer to nature, and remind us of our connectedness to the Earth and each other. These powerful pieces speak to us on a deep level.
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You and your employees spend the majority of your lives working, right? So it makes sense that you want your office to be as inviting and comfortable as possible. After all, who wants to go to work every day and have to look at a bland office? Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to create comfort and improve the office environment.
Add Art Pieces
By adding art on the walls of various spaces in the office, you add personality to the office. The pieces you choose identify your individual or corporate personality without saying a word. Modern or abstract art shows you are forward thinking and on the cutting edge. More classic pieces evoke comfort and trust. Don’t forget, the subject matter of some pieces can give a nod to your industry.
In addition to using art to reinforce your business’ brand, pieces also warm up the environment by adding color and breaking up the interior landscape.
As with art, accessories can show off your company’s personality while giving your office environment a more comfortable feeling. Just by adding throw rugs and pillows to a break lounge area, you give employees a place they can enjoy relaxing in. By doing the same in a front office waiting area, you create a space that makes visitors feel welcome. And that’s always good for business.
While wall art and accessories can contribute a lot to improve the office space, it’s easy to go overboard. That’s when comfortable and cozy becomes clutter – a look you definitely don’t want. The key is being thoughtful about how much to add and where. Remember that less is more.
Light It Up
Lighting is a great way to creatively cozy up your office space. Of course, fluorescent lights are the least expensive option. But you can add other lights in, too. Floor lamps that complement your décor can add another design element to the space, as well as some warmer lighting. Pendant lights add yet another element of visual interest and warmth. Plus, it boosts employees’ hormonal balance, productivity level, and mood. Quite a win, all the way around.
Go With The Flow
If you want to improve the office environment but don’t want to dole out a lot of dollars to do so, there’s a simpler – and less expensive – way. Just rearrange the furniture and accessories. That’s right. All you have to do is move things around. But when you’re planning your new layout, be mindful of how the natural light will affect the new floor plan. You don’t want the afternoon sun hitting wall art and casting an unpleasant glare in your employees’ eyes. You also want the furniture to allow for easy traffic flow.
Say It With Flowers
Research indicates that just by adding plants, flowers, or other natural elements to the office environment can make employees more productive and happy. It doesn’t matter if it’s a vase of real flowers or a container plant is real or fake, it’s all a plus. Pictures of outdoor scenes even work. Just bringing a little of the great outdoors into the office can work a world of wonders.
Provide Healthy Snacks
Remember on “The Middle” when Mike’s employees revolted after he tried to cut pretzels out of the company budget? He ended up keeping them to keep the staff happy. Silly as it seems, there’s truth to that scenario. Just by adding healthy snacks, such as protein bars, fresh fruit, and mixed nuts in the break room, you add an extra level of comfort to your office environment. And it’s little touches that show you care. In return, you have a happier, more productive staff.
Open Up Individual Spaces
While the right layout, furniture, lighting, and accessories go a long way toward making an office space feel livable, don’t forget about individual work desks. The best way to make them look like a million bucks is to simply keep them free of clutter.
When you drive by a house with junk in the yard, your opinion of the homeowner tends to sway to the negative, right? The same is true for a desk with piles of files and stacks of unorganized papers. But an organized desk makes quite the positive statement. Plus, it reduces stress and increases productivity.
It doesn’t take much to improve the office to be a more comfortable and inviting space to work. But with a little thought and creativity, you’ll end up with happy, productive employees.
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In his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv writes that modern-day children are not connecting to nature. Children aren’t allowed to run off on their own and explore for hours at a time. Climbing a tree is banned for being too dangerous, and the siren call of electronic devices pulls on kids’ attention instead. As a result, we are seeing an increase in “nature deficit disorder.” He doesn’t mean this in a medical sense, but in a cultural one. A lack of connecting to nature results in increased anxiety, a sense of unfocused attention, and overall worse outcomes for productivity and satisfaction.
Louv dates the shift from nature-loving childhoods to modern ones quite some time ago. Many of those children he’s talking about are all grown up now and working in modern offices. Children are no longer connecting to nature as they once were. The distance from nature leads to a sense of overall disconnection. It’s harder for people to find their own internal purpose when they don’t recognize their contribution in a larger world.
Luckily, even small doses of nature-infused design principles can reverse some of these negative impacts. Biophilic (nature-loving) designs can boost morale, increase productivity, and create a generally more cooperative workspace. For an added bonus, they are often also beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, too!
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to bring the outdoors indoors is by using natural lighting. Wide, open floor plans that allow light to filter through space will help make it feel inviting and warm. Workers who are exposed to natural light throughout the day sleep better at night, making them more alert and productive when they’re at work.
Inviting Lunch Spaces
Sixty-seven percent of Americans report that they eat lunch at their desks more than once a week. This has profound negative impacts on their overall health and also their productivity. Most people already spend too much time sitting in one place without stretching. a major contributor to chronic back and neck pain. Those who eat lunch at their desks also miss out on the mental break of taking a moment away from their tasks. As a result, they don’t get the benefit of clarity and fresh eyes when they return.
It also decreases key social connections because people are less likely to build relationships with co-workers. Creating inviting lunch spaces that utilize natural settings can help alleviate these problems. Whether it’s an outdoor space with ample seating and plenty of greenery or an indoor atrium with lots of potted plants and natural light, creating an inviting space will get people away from their desks for a moment, increasing the quality of the work they produce when they return.
Even artificial displays of natural elements have been found to boost overall well-being. Use nature-based decor whenever possible. Landscapes, seascapes, and florals in the form of paintings and photographs are an easy way to bring a bit of the outdoors inside. Consider natural elements when designing floor tiles and carpeting options as well. Lighting that resembles nature is welcoming and much more pleasing than the harsh glow of overhead fluorescents. Nature is always in style, so adding these elements into design plans or renovations helps ensure a long-lasting decor.
In many cases, the disconnect with nature has been such a part of our lives that we don’t even know what we’re missing. Our brains, though, still have a hard-wired positive response to these influences. Getting in touch with nature is a guaranteed way to make the workplace happier and more productive.
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