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Love Thy Creative Mojo

June 13, 2018  |  Focal Team  |  Categories: Lifestyle

 
You’ve got your coffee, a badass playlist streaming, and your pile of work to tackle. You’re ready! And then…
 
Nothing. Your creative breakthrough eludes you. WHAT HAPPENED?

 
Your workplace undermined you, again. Whether you recognize it or not, your office has an impact on the way you think, learn, and create. By making a few targeted ergonomic changes to your environment, you can transform your space and again achieve that “A-ha!” moment!

 

Let There Be Light

According to the Canadian Centre for Operational Health and Safety, we receive about 85% of our information through our sense of sight. Proper lighting can reduce eye strain and headaches, making it easier to get creative.

 
What you can do today

  • Select high-quality lights that adjust for your task needs
  • Choose lighting with color rendering index (CRI) above 90
  • Invest in a task light with LEDs so you can adjust the intensity and temperature of your lighting
  • Maximize natural light but minimize glare
  • Move your desk closer to a window
  • Use blinds to limit direct and indirect glare

 

Sound Off

Noise – it’s almost inescapable in today’s hyper-collaborative open-office culture. Studies show that noise is one of the most common employee complaints. According to the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers, your office noise level should be between 49 – 58 dba (decibel measurement). When the noise goes above 65 dba, it is distracting, or worse.

 
What you can do today

  • Absorb!
  • Use sound absorbent ceiling tiles, fabrics, and carpets
  • Block!
  • Use sound blocking panels and partitions
  • Use quiet printers and other equipment. Turn phone ringers down
  • Cover!
  • Use noise-canceling headphones or white noise machines

 

Get in a Creative Mood

Our moods give us context for our thought processes and behaviors. Research indicates that being in a good mood can prime you for creative thinking, promoting divergent thinking, fluid ideation, and flexibility.

 
What you can do today

  • Add some color
  • A fresh coat of paint is a quick way to improve your space. Choose bright colors with low saturation to keep your mind uncluttered
  • Make it personal
  • Decorate your workspace with personal touches. It encourages a sense of ownership and help you feel empowered at work
  • Choose a nice scent
  • Your sense of smell is connected to the areas of the brain connected to emotion and learning.
  • Try a light peppermint or lemon balm to stimulate your brain
  • Create quiet spaces
  • Repurpose a room at the office to serve as a quiet space.
  • Use this quiet space for focus work or just decompress for a few moments

 

Move It

No matter how many advanced ergo features you office may chair may boast, it still requires you to sit for long periods of time. The human body evolved to support the body in motion and sitting all day is keeping you in that creative slump. Spending less energy lets your whole body and mind slow down. That’s no way to crank out a stellar spreadsheet!

 
What you can do today

  • Try a standing desk
  • Being on your feet will increase your activity and energy
  • If you already have a sit-to-stand desk, adopt Cornell University’s 20-8-2 rule
  • Break up each 30 minutes with 20 minutes of sitting, 8 minutes of standing, and 2 minutes of walking
  • Try a leaning workstation with active sitting options like perch or leaning seats
  • Leaning seats for standing desks are a great way to increase your physical activity