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Setting the Scene for a Productive Day

The Right Reminders

The Right Reminders
Trigger your mind to change activities with small physical cues:
  • standing up instead of perching on your chair at your elevated desk; 
  • moving your mouse from one side of the keyboard to the other; 
  • sliding your chair over to a different portion of your work surface.
You can choose how you associate places with activities, but to achieve the full benefit, aim for a consistent link between place and behavior.

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Setting the Scene for a Productive Day

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Work environment and productivity

When you leverage the fact that you have emotional and mental responses to specific places, you can dramatically increase your productivity. 

Each person’s optimal environment will look a bit different, but there are a few general elements to take into consideration.

The Right Reminders

Trigger your mind to change activities with small physical cues:
  • standing up instead of perching on your chair at your elevated desk; 
  • moving your mouse from one side of the keyboard to the other; 
  • sliding your chair over to a different portion of your work surface.
You can choose how you associate places with activities, but to achieve the full benefit, aim for a consistent link between place and behavior.

The Right Tools

Have all of the tools you need laid out organized and within arm’s reach. This makes you more efficient and reduces your resistance to doing a certain task because it requires getting up to fetch something. 

If you can’t leave everything out or you have a mobile working situation, carry a bag stocked with all of your essential tools, materials, electronics, and papers. 

The Right Distractions

Some people are creative in a quiet environment, while others hit the flow state to the pounding beat of their favorite song. 

Neither pattern of activity is right or wrong. The essential point is that to be aware of aware of what works for you when working. You can take notice of how you respond to these sorts of environmental factors and stage your day accordingly

The Right Surroundings

If a custom workspace isn’t feasible, make small adaptations to your workspace: 

  • Bringing in a small lamp with a soft white light bulb for a warmer glow
  • Keeping fresh flowers or plants in your area
  • Putting up some favorite pieces of art or inspiring quotes
  • Tacking up fabric on the wall
  • Requesting additional drawers so that your surface looks less cluttered.

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Write it all down

Mapping your goals in a visual way is key, as seeing them makes them more real. You’re more likely to follow through on your ideas if you pen them.

Write down your top priorities and designate ways and blocks of time to tackle them. Also minimize distractions (i.e., social media notifications, alarms, news alerts, etc.) to get these things done. 

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Consider your company's needs

How do your teams work best? What are their physical and technological needs?

The seven attributes to consider when determining your optimal workspace: location, enclosure, exposure, technology, temporality, perspective, and size.

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  • Apply constraints and stick to them: to tabs open in your browser, notebooks, magazines etc.
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Find places that inspire you

You might not be in a position to choose your workspace, but there are quick fixes: look for a spot with natural light from a window or skylight, take a walk outside when you feel stuck, or simply explore a new location. 

A new environment can quite literally lead to new ideas.

Task association

It's when your brain knows that when you’re in a certain place, you’re taking a certain action.

Take advantage of the way different locations affect you. Our brains love habits, and if we can associate certain qualities with different places, it can help us get into a better working flow. 

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