Creating the Proper Environment
When it comes down to it, many of us are reluctant to sit down and do those mundane tasks that we are required to do. It is so easy to be distracted by simpler or more exciting stimuli; anything to keep us from training the brain. Luckily, there are ways to make it easier. It involves your environment.
The objects around you influence your behavior. The surroundings stimulate feelings; good or bad. We have control over how we feel when we go to do our work. Yet, our environment plays a key roll. The first step toward improving our environment is choosing the correct area. Somewhere relatively quiet, plenty of space, ample light, and a comfortable seat. These four characteristics play an important roll in choosing a location.
We want quiet and solitude, to reduce distractions, when we sit down to concentrate. If we become distracted, all of the work we put into our state of concentration goes to waste. This leaves us feeling frustrated which makes it hard complete the necessary tasks at hand. If we eliminate the risk of noise distraction from the beginning, we can reduce frustration.
Next, plenty of space is necessary to create a feeling of openness while we are working. Once we have found our concentration, our thoughts and ideas are produced rapidly. When space is ample enough to spread out the sea of information spilling from our book and papers, we are given a chance to organize and absorb.
Then, providing sufficient light is the next step in creating the proper working environment. If the light is too dim, it creates a strain in the eyes. As time goes on, the strain becomes worse and can be projected onto your work. To prevent any unwanted strain, provide yourself with multiple lights to help reduce shadowing and promote concentration.
The final step in creating the proper working environment is finding a comfortable seat. It is important that the chair provides a welcoming seat, but it also needs to help keep you attentive. Many times, desk chairs are made with a 'bucket seat' which creates a rounding in the spine. This may be very comfortable, but it is not ideal for a working environment. When the spine is in a rounded position, it calms the nervous system, slows breathing, and brings the heart rate down. This slows the flow of oxygen and blood to the brain and makes concentration difficult. A better choice would be to find a chair that helps keep the spine erect while seated.
An easy way to do this would be to find a chair where the knees are lower than the hips while seated. With the knees lower, it helps pull the pelvis into a neutral position making it easier to bring the spine to an upright position. This helps to stimulate blood flow to all parts of the body, including the brain, to promote concentration.
Everyone has a hard time doing work we don't really want to do. There are hundreds of excuses we can give ourselves to avoid work.
Fortunately, we can help make it more inviting by following these simple steps to create the proper environment. Not only will it be easier to sit down and do your work, but these steps can help to improve the quality of the work you do.