Nature for Productivity
Not only does working outside offer a welcoming change of scenery but it could also increase your output. Studies suggest that being among nature improves cognitive performance, helping you to focus on the task at hand. A study from the University of Exeter suggested that adding plants to your office boosts productivity by 15%. Imagine what would happen if you were surrounded by them!
As long as you have a stable surface for your laptop and a comfortable seat cushion, you’re likely to get more done – weather permitting! The calming effect of nature helps you to relax and focus while the fresh air and natural sunlight boost mood and energy. If the home office is becoming unbearable, try heading to a nearby park, forest, or beach.
A Stress-Free Environment
Work creates stress which in turn decreases your ability to work. In fact, stress can be deadly, increasing your risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and dementia. If you want to stay healthy and get work done without these negative health risks, then work outside. This has been shown to keep your cortisol levels down.
More than half of Americans report that their stress levels are increasing. This is in no doubt worsened by the lockdown which has heightened fear about both health and financial wellbeing. The gentle trickling sound of water, the songs of birds, and the gentle rustling of trees create a calming atmosphere in which stress is kept to a minimum.
Creating an Outdoor Office
Sold by the idea of working outside? There’s a number of items you’ll need to get started. To create your outdoor office, consider investing in:
- A portable desk
- A high capacity power bank
- Xtreme Comfort outdoor chair cushions
- A laptop stand
- Mobile Wi-Fi
With all these items, which can be easily transported in a backpack, you have the makings of a perfectly usable outdoor office! Find a flat surface on which to set up and you’re good to go. Seat cushions increase comfort, meaning that you can work outside for longer. Once you have the best quality equipment, it’s easy to get to work while in the great outdoors.
If you’re stuck in a rut, a change of scenery can be the perfect way to break the monotony. An outdoor space that’s far from other people is a safe environment, in which you can be socially distanced, productive, and happy. So grab an outdoor chair cushion, prop up your laptop, and see how your work rate increases in this beautiful new environment.