Aug 15, 2016
I looked out my home office window the other day and saw a party going on I didn't expect.
It was three does who decided to take their little ones for an evening sight seeing trip through my yard.
I'll admit it was a bit of a distraction but to be honest, a very, very welcome one, which brings me to the point of this post.
A topic of fascination for me, and one that is ironically overlooked, is there are incredibly powerful, unseen and unnoticed forces at work that have tremendous influence on our behavior.
And as you might have guessed, our phisical environment is one of the most impactful.
For example, research conducted by eating expert Brian Wansink at Cornell University shows that people eat 92 percent of whatever is on their plate--regardless of how big it is. The difference between a twelve inch and a nine inch plate totals 33 percent more calories!
And there is abundant research that proves our environment at home and work is in large part what determines our behavior and our habits.
For example, according the Change Anything Labs in Utah, a large TV and maybe even multiple TV's throughout the home, plus DVR equipment and video consoles and dozens of exciting video games, is a proven recipe for obesity and unattained goals.
So, I long ago ditched cable TV, and only use my ONE modest flatscreen to occassionaly watch documentaries on YouTube that I airdrop from my Apple smartphone.
In my home office, I have all my books on shelves within arms reach, I play light classical music, put my goals on the walls, along with my vision board and action board, etc.
But what about these deer? And the birds outside my window that I love to watch. Are THEY a distraction?
I choose no. I'm keeping them. But I'm interested in your opinion, and what you've done to engineer your work environment to maximize your productivity and effectiveness.
Post your thougths and questions below.