With the weather becoming warmer, you may find it hard to sit inside all day during normal work hours because you would rather be outside. You may even find that feeling like you are not enjoying the nice weather is distracting you and impacting your productivity. A University of California study showed that it takes approximately 23 minutes to refocus after a distraction.
If you are finding that being indoors is making you less efficient and effective as a professional, it may benefit you to enjoy the outdoor weather. Here are five ways you can enjoy the outdoors during the work day:
1. Setup an outside desk.
Move your workspace to the outdoors. Simply finding a table and chair may be enough. If you can place your workspace near an outdoor electric plug, that is even better. Situate yourself in a space outside that you know tends to be quiet. While it may take a little extra effort to put together the outdoor setup, you will enjoy your surroundings and not be yearning to be somewhere else.
2. Eat a meal outside.
If you are unable to or don’t want to create an outside workspace for yourself, consider eating lunch outside. During the spring, it has warmed up enough to feel comfortable midday. Take a break from your work, and feed your body with food and Vitamin D from the sun.
3. Get outside for a quick break.
Even if you have only a few minutes, get up from your chair inside and step outside. Smell the floral scents. Hear the birds chirping.
Allow yourself to take a break from what you are doing, and place yourself in a different surrounding. Remove yourself from your work. This will provide you better perspective when you return to your work.
4. Take your meeting outside.
Not all meetings require you to be taking notes. If this is the case, go outside to walk and talk at the same time. Walk outside while you are talking on the phone with your colleagues. If it is an in-person meeting, suggest a walking meeting, as long as health guidelines are followed.
People sometimes feel trapped inside because they have numerous meetings. Don’t let meetings stop you from enjoying the outdoor weather.
5. Situate yourself next to a window.
If, for example, you have allergies that make it difficult to get outside during your workday, try to place your desk chair near a window or periodically stand near a window. Let the sun radiate across your back and enjoy the warm rays.
It is not enough to watch a YouTube video or enable a Zoom background illustrating beautiful outdoor weather. To be at your optimal state of mind and wellbeing, you may have to physically place yourself outside and experience it. If you find that you are more productive by integrating the outdoors during your workday, make the time and effort to enjoy it.