Everyone knows the stereotype about techies. But, certainly, not all who are extremely adept at computer use spend their entire day stuck in front of a screen. But there are definitely a great number of those working in and throughout the IT industry that don’t get enough time outdoors.
Even if you’re not directly working with the programming and design of new technology, those who work in marketing, content creation or customer service can also end up logging substantial hours under the fluorescent lighting of the office.
It’s scientifically proven that a regimen of continual monotony is bad for creativity. The reason is that, without proper stimulus, creative juices can’t be properly engaged. When you or your team have been working at a steady task for months on end, all the stimulation will eventually disappear — even if you’re working on something as aesthetically robust as a film.
To have the greatest performance and productivity requires keeping minds engaged at a core level. If you’re a self-motivated individual operating in an entrepreneurial capacity, this goes for you as well—it’s not just for the office manager looking for a way to motivate personnel. It makes sense to have a regular scheduled event of some variety that takes you out of your traditional operational routine.
Ideas For Breaking The Routine
There are quite a few different options for engaging, stimulating entertainment. From the beach to concerts and shows to hiking, there are always options available for fun away from the office.
There are also quite a few options available that can be done en masse with an entire group. For example, if you’re managing a team of tech people who’ve had a particularly excellent month, you might book a cruise with a line that has a full-service bar for an evening that is both laid-back and fun.
There are always trips—traveling is one of the most engaging things you can do. Any travel will naturally involve new experiences good and bad. There’s no vacation that doesn’t have some “downer” element to it; and somehow that usually makes the whole experience better, in retrospect. It’s like the bitter at the back of a grapefruit—untenable, until you learn to like it. Either way, stimulation results.
The Science Of Rest
Without some change of scenery, without rest, the brain never has time to adequately recharge. What many don’t realize is that the brain is in a state of constant activity. Someone sitting in a chair moving no part of his or her body and staring out a window may seem to be categorically inert; but an electroencephalogram will likely reveal another story.
The brain is always active, even when people appear to be inactive. When you’re sleeping, your brain is repairing itself —that’s one of the reasons you need sleep. But that’s not the only kind of rest out there. Man wasn’t made to run in a wheel all day, eat his kibble, and go to sleep among the wood shavings in the bottom of the cage.
There is an adventurous, creative core to all of us that must have expression, or ultimately we will be unable to produce as meaningfully or as much as we could otherwise. So take a cruise, take a trip, go on a hike, see a concert—find some way to stimulate your mind, and get work out of it for a while. According to science, this is nothing but healthy.
Deep Ballu is a blogger by profession. He loves to talk about tech updates and is very social in nature. Writing is his first love. He is an amateur photographer by day and blogger by night. Give him a cup of cappuccino and he can talk for hours.
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