important is the environment we live in or work in?
I was recently asked to write an article for the NZ
Herald Online discussing my personal and my professional thoughts on working
from home. I was very happy to
have the opportunity to jump on my soapbox and wax lyrical about this topic!
I believe that our living and working environment are areas that often are not given enough attention when addressing personal and professional
happiness, and therefore, success.
One of the questions I often ask my clients is, “are
they happy with their living environment?” It still surprises me how common it
is to not have given it much thought.
The environment then frequently becomes one of the goal areas that we
work on together, and it is a popular goal. Does your home feel welcoming? Does it show your
personality? Does it lift your spirits? Do you have things around you that you
Our environment should support us in being us, should
reflect our personalities, be a place that we choose to be in, be a place we
feel proud to have people visit, even if it is just a studio/bedsit.
In the case of the working area, this is often seen
as an environment that is designed around a practical need. A place to get the job at hand done;
and in some respect that’s fair enough.
However, if you have some influence in how your workspace looks and
feels (especially those of you that work from home), then influence you
should. Does it have good natural
light? Does it inspire you to get
your work done? Is it conducive to your type of work? Could it be better? Do
you have the tools/resources around you that you need?
So take a look around you, have a think about your
own personal environments. Do you
they support you in being fabulous?
If not, what can you do to change this? For those of you on a budget, this doesn’t mean a big spend
up, it could be something as simple as moving a lamp, putting up a poster, adding
a candle, or putting your favourite books out on display.
I would love to hear from any of you that made a change
after reading this. What did you
change and what effect did it have?