Fresh air: why leaving the (home) office helps you be more productive

Updated: Aug 26, 2019



If I have learned anything from being an entrepreneur, productivity and time management is SUPER important, but if you're under motivated and unfocused those things are less obtainable.


According to a report in the Harvard Business Review, poor air quality will ultimately hurt your business because of “lower productivity from either reduced efficiency or increased absenteeism.”


Getting out of the house/office/coffee shop (insert place of work) is an overlooked public health necessity. Even for those who work around other people, poor air quality indoors can lead to flu, fatigue, and other illnesses.


What we breath indoors is actually two to five times more toxic than what is typically outside according to the Environmental Protection Agency because of poor ventilation and off-gassing of toxic chemicals from a host of products. The agency reported that Americans spend an average of nearly 90 percent of their time indoors.


Ain't nobody got time to feel sick because Karen decided it was ok to come to work with the flu or because the building management doesn't regularly clean the air filters.


Getting fresh air regularly has so many benefits.

1. Boosts immune system

2. Makes you more productive

3. Increased cognition

4. Increased morale

5. More productivity

6. You are calmer

7. Easier to concentrate

8. Less stress

9. Better digestion

10. Improves health


To be honest, I haven't had a 9-5 since college.

I held typical administrative and human resource type jobs (security guard, Planned Parenthood, anesthesia billing, etc.).


So, back when I would sit behind a desk-- I COULDN'T WAIT TO LEAVE.


Which is part of the reason I loved working in TV news. Getting to leave to building everyday and explore places I would never have been, just to talk to strangers who I would have had met otherwise. It's still one of my favorite parts of the gig. It felt so freeing not to be under the lights of a building that is somehow always freezing (I was cold at every job I've ever had).


Fast forward to now and I make my own schedule and can actually #WorkFromAnywhere, but I choose to work from home.


So, recently I was feeling down and unmotivated. That day I vowed to leave home, ACTUALLY get dress (no yoga pants and messy bun), and enjoy the beautify late summer day.


Luckily, having fresh air is easy fix.


1. Air filters: Whether you're at a place of employment or at your kitchen table, make sure your air filters are changed regularly. You can do it in your own home. Otherwise, landlords and facilities managers can take care of it in other situations.

2. Take breaks and go outside

3. Open the windows

4. Have more live plants

5. Leave your job for work. Even if that just means going to the bench outside.




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