Today’s blog talks about how much your surroundings can impact your productivity. I have been trying to make excuses to work above ground, with non-computer work. I can’t always do that because most of my client work involves computers, as does my email of course. It does have an impact on how productive I am however, and not in a good way.
You have probably read articles on how good natural light can make you feel. I have to agree, because being able to read a business book, catch up on some phone calls, or just do some paperwork is much more enjoyable when I have a view and I can really see what the weather is doing.
Not everyone has the luxury I do, I know that. If you work in an office tower, you may not even have window access. I have windows all around; the view is just not great. However, hand in hand is the higher probability for distraction when you have a window view.
Remember being in school and looking out the window in June, wishing you were anywhere but in class? You could see all those people enjoying freedom out there while you were trapped. Sadly, it is easy to feel the same when you are in an office and can see everyone going about their business.
So, what do you think? Are windows good? Or are they a distraction? I know someone who has a window office, looking out over Lake Ontario. In the summer he can watch the sailboats and the planes taking off from the island airport. He had to turn his desk around to get some work done. I have been in his office and seen the view. What a dilemma to have!