Being Productive Outside

 

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Studying outside Burrows (Photo credit: pennstatenews)

Being stuck in a stuffy office all day can totally kill your productivity. Sitting at your desk for eight hours (usually even longer) and only moving a few feet to get a another cup of coffee or hit the break room for lunch isn’t enough mental stimulation. A change of scenery and some fresh air is all you need to get the juices flowing again!

So here are some ways to get outside of the office yet still be productive:

1. Walking Meetings: A colleague of mine is always asking me to meet her for a “walking meeting.” I thought that this was a a really strange request but once I tried it I really loved it. It gets you out of your chair, offering a great break, but at the same time you are still getting things done. Note taking can be a challenge though so make sure to reserve this type of meeting for certain topics only.

2. Have Lunch Outdoors: Instead of sitting in the break room, take your lunch outside with you.  Or try something different and get to that little cafe you’ve always wanted to test out.  I love eating alone at restaurants — I know a lot of people don’t enjoy it but I love taking my time, ordering whatever I want and enjoying some peace and quiet.  If you’re using your lunch break to continue working — bring your laptop with you and enjoy the sunshine or if it’s rainy head to Starbucks or somewhere with free WiFi.  A new perspective could be all you need.

3. Talk A Lap Around the Block: If your eyes are starting to flutter mid-afternoon — get up!  If you get your body moving it will wake you up. You don’t need to take a long break, five minutes is all you need to get your blood moving and your brain working!

4. Bring the Outdoors to You: If your office isn’t really in an area equipped for a quick walk, you can bring the outdoors inside. Decorate your office space with some real plants and flowers. In a Dynamic Business article they say that having indoor plants can increase your productivity by 15 percent. A study showed that they can reduce dust levels, refresh air, and can stabilize temperature and humidity levels too.

Now hop out of your chairs and go get some fresh air!  Let me know how it felt to take a break and enjoy Mother Nature.

 

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  1. Silvia Tavares
    Silvia Tavares says:

    Totally agree. I do try to work on the porch when I manage to work from home, but I definitely need quiet spaces. Never managed to work in cafés for example. I have two or three settings that work well, where I have my “working gear” and the atmosphere I need. That’s why the breaks are so important. Great ideas these ones you shared!

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    • Paula Rizzo
      Paula Rizzo says:

      Working in cafes takes a special kind of discipline or else you’ll be people watching all day long! I like to listen to Pandora radio and get in the zone — but it is definitely a skill I’ve developed over the years and had practice tuning people out from working in noisy newsrooms my whole career! 🙂

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