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It’s no secret that spending more time outside can benefit your health, as well as your business.
If you are a business owner, you don’t always have the luxury of time to spend outside when you have 101 things to do! So, here are some ways you can spend more time outside with minimal disruption to your day-to-day business.
#1 Walk and talk
Popular amongst millennials, it is a new concept that moves away from traditional business meetings, is to take your business meeting outside. If your meetings are held online, all you need to do is take a high-quality headset with you and find a nice, quiet place to walk. If your meetings are usually in person, then why not ask the other party if they wouldn’t mind taking it outside? You could sit outside a cafe, or walk while you talk. It’s a great way to get out of a stuffy meeting room and create more productive meetings. People are more likely to loosen up and talk openly when outside in nature.
#2 Household chores
When you run a business, there isn’t much free time. So rather than doing the laundry or washing up when you are home, switch with a family member while you head outside and get the jobs you were putting off done! Pull up the weeds, plant the flowers and trim the bushes. It is also a great excuse to invest in some new tools too! Ensure you have great clippers to cut back the brambles, a decent watering can for efficient refreshing and the best electric pole saw for cutting down trees. Having good tools and specific chores to complete can be a great way to get yourself outside while being productive. When you spend more time in nature and get things ticked off your to-do list, you are less stressed and more efficient in all areas of your life, home, and business!
#3 Build a garden office
If you can’t find time to spend outside and reap the benefits of nature, then why not immerse your business in nature instead? If you are a one-man-band, then why not move your office outside? Many, excellent garden office services can quickly and cheaply build you your own space, where you can enjoy nature all day long. If this is not possible just yet, why not move your desk to a window, or if you have an office with employees, keep the blinds open, invest in more plants to fill the space, and encourage breaks outside.
#4 Regular team building days
If you own a business with more than 1 employee, why not integrate nature as part of the business with team building days. These can be scheduled regularly (perhaps monthly or quarterly) to encourage the team to get outside regularly, have fun and let loose. If they are planned, then business tasks can be tailored around them.
Finding new ways to work to incorporate more time outside can be a great way to lift your mood, get creative and in turn, increase business performance.