In a world ruled by technology it seems almost impossible to take your eyes off of a screen. Whether it’s smartphone, laptop, TV or any other device, you can’t escape screens. You look at screens at home, at work, at school, in the car, walking down the street, people rarely lift their heads to acknowledge one another anymore.
So what if your workplace created an opportunity to escape from the screens?
I love being outside. Whether I’m eating with a friend, walking and talking on the phone, or just sitting, being outdoors helps me feel rejuvenated and revitalized.
Everyone needs to unplug and reconnect. What if companies took on a culture of having meetings outside, giving people’s eyes a much needed break. There is no reason not to walk around outside or sit on a bench and talk.
And there are actually a lot of proven positives to having meetings outside:
1) Being outside boosts energy levels and creativity – Getting up and taking a step back can help you focus better. You will have energy from being in the sun. Vitamin D gives you energy – and you need it! About 80% of Americans are Vitamin D deficient, which is harmful to their bodies because it is one of the most important vitamins. Humans are supposed to get some direct sunlight each day. Not saying you need to sit in the scorching heat, but it is important to get outdoors for a least a little bit each day.
2) Having meetings outside feels like a break – Ahhhh, fresh air! Even though you are still having a meeting, being outside will make it feel like a break because you changed the scenery. This will have a positive effect when you go back inside, because you will feel refreshed and ready to start your next task. It also helps you look forward to your meetings if you view them as a break in your day, rather than another hour of staring blankly at a speaker hoping they don’t see you nodding off.
3) Going outdoors gives you freedom from being a screen zombie – We live in a world that is glued to their screens and this is very unhealthy. Too much screen time can actually damage the brain. It’s not good to sit in one spot all day, so removing yourself from your normal chair will give you new perspective.
4) Being in a relaxed environment breaks barriers between you and your co-workers. It is a lot less intimidating to walk and talk or sit on a bench than stare face-to-face at an office table. You automatically humanize people when you see them in an environment outside of work. Being outside gives you the opportunity to get your work conversations knocked out in a relaxed setting while enjoying some fresh air.
So what are you waiting for? Stop reading this blog and schedule a meeting outside!