Do you find as the days get longer and lighter you develop a bit of a spring in your step?
Do you yearn to ‘bunk off’ the office and head outside?
Research suggests you should go for it.
Yes! The research boffins say we should work less and move more…
As well as longer daylight hours boosting your mood, apparently movement boosts creative thinking, so heading outside will actually make you more productive.
There’s also a growing body of evidence to support the idea of working fewer hours for the same amount of pay. (This article describes an experiment funded by the Swedish government to see if a shorter workday can increase productivity… btw, it does.)
I think in the UK we’re pretty bad at ‘presenteeism’, i.e. working longer hours as a badge of honour, regardless of whether or not we’re being effective.
So—especially now the days are longer and the weather brighter—what if we worked fewer hours and scheduled outdoor time as part of our working day?
- Build some flexibility into your schedule, so you can prioritise getting out in nature.
- Walk or cycle to work (or get off a stop early to include some walking in your commute).
- Take a proper break at lunch and include a walk or gym class.
- Make walking dates with friends, mentors and colleagues.
- Hold walking meetings.
- Find creative ways to work fewer hours.
- Notice the impact these tweaks have on your productivity.
My new mantra: work fewer hours and move more during the day! Maybe we’ll all be more productive, happier and live longer…
Do let me know how you get on.