If you land on Earth as an outsider and observe how we work, you assume that between nine o'clock A. M. and five o'clock P. M. we are our most creative and productive selves, collective meetings are the basis of productivity, and the best way to accelerate thinking is to limit it to the walls.
When you think this way, our working model sounds ridiculous.
But when we changed from assembling widgets to assembling ideas decades ago,
Built our workspace to optimize our work as thinking creatures.
Instead, we set up offices that limit ideas and creativity, and we force people into patterns that may be based on reason (the 40-
For example, one hour of work per week is carried with you.
The end of the workers' rights movement during the Industrial Revolution)
But that is far more effective than they are.
To be fair, we need an office for a while.
Calling to work means you need to sit at your desk.
Your files can only be found in huge file cabinets. Your computer—
Once it eventually shrinks from the size of the room
You have to stay at your desk unless you have a fitness sideline.
Almost every piece of equipment you need makes it almost impossible to work anywhere except the office.
But for now, few people will say that they are the most efficient and creative in standard working days or in standard offices.
There's a lot of research at our fingertips (
David Locke checks your brain at work, or Tony Schwartz thinks the way we work doesn't work)
About how and when the human brain is most efficient.
However, we still work mainly in the office, and the worst part is that these offices are just assembly lines with seats.
Traditionally, the workspace is built with limited customization options.
Except for some movable walls or slightly re-
The furniture is furnished and how the office is built.
The company takes a different approach here: some jam
Clean up the space with a cubicle and a separate office, while others have a spacious space
Open space in public areas.
But the problem is that both extremes conflict directly with how our brains work.
Depending on the time of day, the task at hand, and the task we are trying to accomplish, we actually need a different workspace.
Research by Joan Meyers
For example, Levy in 2006 shows that high ceilings help us think more broadly and build more connections between unrelated topics.
Other studies have shown that the environment where red is one of the primary colors helps to achieve good performance in a short period of time
Semester memory task
On the other hand, the environment in which employees are surrounded by blue is more conducive to creativity.
Through windows or outdoor spaces-
It has also had a significant impact by helping us focus and reduce aggression.
Therefore, the ideal office will be an office that provides a variety of different types of space (
Private personal offices, including structured and relaxed group spaces, can be used exclusively in areas for specific projects)
Highly customizable (hmm—
Color Changing wall? ).
We need space, where we can do intense thinking tasks quietly, but we also need open space for cooperation, where --
Borrow Matt Ridley's work.
Ideas can have sex with each other and change them from simple ideas to more substantive ideas.
So where are we going from here?
Slowly, knowledge of how our brains work
Once classified as an academic paper-
Finally got the attention it deserves.
Companies that stumbled in the old model began to innovate.
Of course, the compartment will not disappear overnight (
Although it will be an awesome magic trick)
But whether you work from home or at home
In the school office, you can do something to make your work space more conducive to generating great work.
If you work from home, first make your space more
Function as much as possible.
Hiding the Power board (
Extra power cord if you can)
Near several different potential working spaces
A table or table, or your favorite chair.
If you make it less painful to move your space, you will increase your chances of actually moving.
You can also give yourself more creative choices.
Paint the back of the wall or door with creative paint, give yourself a huge whiteboard, or buy a roll of white butcher's paper and hang the pieces from the wall with clips so you can outline the idea.
Or, completely out of the House-
Check out coffee shops, restaurants and other places in your area with free wireless Internet access
Fi, or consider investing in mobile hotspots or USB modems so you can work anywhere and inspire you.
Is the coffee place finished? Try co-
Work and use sites like loobes to help you find spaces or offices that usually provide extra desks in one day.
Your options are limited if you are working in the office, but there are still options.
Trapped in a cubicle.
Bin Laden environment, a former colleague of mine, with the help of two floor pillows and a brightly colored fabric, turned some of her compartments into a reading corner.
If you find yourself always meeting in the same meeting room, trying to move them to a different space, or meeting in a cafe, in a park, or walking in a neighborhoodWhat's the bottom line?
Think Outside eight-hour, cubicle-
Limited working days
The cheesy slogan "work smarter, not harder" is actually something to achieve.
The article was originally published on The Daily Muse.
For more tips on working in the office, check out: Jessica Lawrence is the first general manager of the New York tech conference, which provides the New York tech community with a place to gather, discuss ideas, and check what their peers are creating.
Previously, Jessica was the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Council of San goorio.
Jessica is also a media columnist.
Business, often talking and writing about organizational culture, the application of psychology and neuroscience in work, The New York startup community and non-