Earth Day is right around the corner - a perfect time to think sustainable thoughts and take a moment to assess how you are contributing to the future of our planet. I think a lot of people would be more inclined to live sustainably if it was made more accessible and as a nation, we addressed the issue head on.
...on the benefits of natural light in the workplace.
Light affects everything we do. It tells us when to rise and when it’s time to slow down and go to sleep. It warms the earth, grows plants and with the addition of solar panels, it can even power buildings. One of the places I like to work is at Greenhouse Loft. They recognize the benefits of natural light and felt light was so important that they made it a key feature of their space.
Most of us can’t control our working conditions on a day-to-day basis. However, scheduling a healthy mix of off-site meetings can stimulate employees’ brains and get them thinking more creatively. A change in environment that includes natural light pouring in the windows can be just the spark your business is looking for.
Here are just a few of the many ways natural light can positively affect your business.
Natural daylight causes positive effects on our circadian rhythm - the body clock that tells us when to be alert and when to get ready for sleep. When our bodies are deprived of sunlight, they may confuse waking hours for sleeping ones and that is why you are likely to find yourself dozing off during a meeting in a windowless room.
When sun is streaming in the windows, ideas flow more freely and collaboration comes more naturally. Exposure to daylight increases a person’s vitamin D intake which in turn affects their overall mood. As little as 15 minutes of sunlight each day can get your vitamin D levels heading in the right direction, so just imagine what a whole day of exposure to natural light could do!
According to Fit Brains, the light that streams in during the early morning is best. This light helps our bodies become alert, attentive and focused. It’s a cycle. Employees that receive more exposure to light sleep better at night. Well-rested employees show up to work ready to be more productive throughout the day. This bodes well for those in the innovation business like us. More productive employees equals more time for creativity.
If you’re thinking about creative ways to boost productivity for your business, why not book an off-site meeting at a bright event space? Venues such as Greenhouse Loft have floor-to-ceiling windows, with tons of natural light streaming in. Paired with the rooftop garden, gorgeous reclaimed hardwood floors and above average indoor air quality, their warm and inviting environment will help you exceed your meeting goals.
I had this great intention to write a post the first day I created my website about my decision to leave my steady job in the retail world and start a new adventure.
Intentions are great.
...but here we are. Writing my first post two weeks later and feeling pretty ok about where I'm at today. Do I have moments where I freak out and wonder what the heck I'm doing? YES. Do I wonder if I can really do this, on a daily basis? YES. Do I feel like this was 100% completely the right decision? YES.
Change isn't easy. My decision to hurl myself into the unknown was a conscious one. I knew that if I didn't do it now, I maybe never would. Or it would at least be another year or two before I found another window where I felt moderately ready. Readiness is a funny thing. I feel like the only people who ever get to the point of feeling ready are professional athletes about to compete in the Olympics and hopefully surgeons. And let's face it, I'm sure they don't even feel ready when the make it or break it moment comes. But they step up to the plate anyway.
Showing up is a huge part of success. Whether you work a corporate job, are a stay-at-home rockstar parent or an entrepreneur, you need to show up for your company, your clients and yourself every day. Every. Damn. Day. Ask any business owner if a day goes by without them thinking about work and they will probably chuckle and say. "No." Chances are they work nights and weekends. They will probably even admit to checking email on a family vacation or taking an emergency business call on Christmas Eve because something crashed on their website. But that doesn't mean they don't LOVE what they do. They show up because they want to be there.
If you're reading this as a potential client, I hope you take this as a promise that I will show up for you every time. If you are a fellow adventure seeker, about to set out on your own as well, I wish you the best and I hope you reach out to connect. And if you are a member of my wonderful family, I want to thank you for giving me the love and support that provided me the courage to start this venture of mine. I can't wait to share my passion with the world.