14TH DEC 2016
Is Your Environment Damaging Your Productivity?
BY J.S. VON DACRE
I recently met with an architect friend for a long overdue dinner. The conversation soon turned to my never-ending and increasing workload.
He looked at me with a raised eyebrow and asked, “And sometimes you find yourself procrastinating when it becomes too much?”
“Well, I could probably be more productive. It seems as soon as I finish one thing, ten new things come up,” I admitted.
”What does your workspace look like?” he persisted.
I explained that I fluctuated between different places and that I did not have a stable workspace.
“Ah!” he remarked, “That’s your problem then.”
The 20th century brought a wave of scientists, designers, and psychologists who identified the connection between human demeanour and surroundings. There is much evidence about how the spaces we inhabit affect our emotions, thoughts, and productivity. The ancient Chinese had their own similar system in the form of Feng Shui– the use of art and science to balance energies and promote peace, fortune and positivity.
It is about creating an environment that will be as stress-free as possible. Being in a space that is claustrophobic or chaotic for long periods of time and on a regular basis impacts upon people psychosomatically. A room exposed to natural daylight gives a better sense of well-being than a cramped space with artificial lighting. Neutral colours promote more calmness in contrast to colours that are overpowering or too vibrant.
If everything around you is disorderly, then make an effort to de-clutter and clean things up; it will improve productivity and a happier sense of being. After all, the hoards of people who are spending small fortunes on interior design, along with millions of Chinese people over the course three thousand years, could not all be wrong, could they?