It’s that time of year again. The sun stays out longer, the flowers are blooming and the weather is warm. Spring is in the air.
And so is spring fever; which probably means you’re finding it harder to concentrate and stay productive while at work.
So here are a few tips to help you stay focused and fire up greater productivity at work.
- Bring it inside. A few blooms from your yard or a new green plant can freshen up your desk can remind you there’s new life outside those cubicle walls. (Gents, this applies to you, too.)
- Take it outside. You’ve heard of walking meetings (You haven’t? It’s when you take a walk while you talk with someone. Works best with two, no more than three people.) Meet while strolling around outside your building. A nearby leafy neighborhood is great, but even a few laps around the parking lot will do. The point is to breathe fresh air and see daylight.
Plus, some studies show movement helps unleash creativity, especially circular motions. So go ahead and wave your arms to illustrate that brilliant point.
- Clean it up. Bring that spring cleaning mindset to your desk and drawers. Clutter causes stress, and eliminating it gives you not only more physical space but more mental space, too. Shred or toss outdated papers, organize files, and recycle — or pass to others — that teetering pile of publications you’ve been meaning to read but know you never will.
- Picnic, anyone? Bring your lunch and find a sunny spot to sit outside and sup. Urban dwellers, opt for an outdoor table at your favorite lunch spot. Sunlight improves your mood, so you’ll come back to work more refreshed and relaxed.
- Go green. People who work in green (as in the color) surroundings have fewer stomachaches. Green is also associated with calmness, good luck and health. You probably can’t paint your office walls green, but try wearing something green or swapping out tired and tattered manila file folders for fresh green ones.