Interior design versus environmental management

  • In the home or office, your environment can impact your health.
  • Cursory reading online will show you how much the design of a space can impact on your own health. It can:
    • Influence your mood.  For example, research studies reveal that rooms with bright light, both natural and artificial, can improve depression and anxiety.
      Impact your behavior and motivation to act. For example, a messy hall with shoes, bags, and other stuff may invite you to drop what you are carrying right there, whereas a clean entry and adequate storage will encourage you to take the time to put the item away.
      Facilitate or discourage interactions in your family and with guests. For example, an inviting space with comfortable chairs can encourage people to sit and chat.
      Create or reduce stress, which impacts not only your emotional, but also physical health, including your longevity!
  • Presumably this is true of larger spaces and larger systems than just the office, the living room or the entry way? Presumably this is true of environmental management systems as a whole?
  • I studied environmental management at university. The course and my subsequent career focused more on the impact of human activity on the earth. Granted that is a huge topic, but I think they missed a trick. Little attention was paid to the impacts of a poorly managed environment on the individual, beyond total planetary annihilation – a concept that is scary but hard to relate to on a day to day basis.
  • I think this is a shame.
  • The promise of healthier bodies and minds as a result of environmental management would be a powerful one. I think we can use the theory and psychology of good interior design to encourage broader best practice environmental management. This might help both the planet and the individual. Not such a sacrifice. A Win-win.
  • I’d love more info or expertise on this topic/link if anyone has any.
  • Happy Monday. 🐵🎧
  • What to do when you’re uninspired?

    Look for the muse, don’t wait for it to appear.

    Go through the motions each and every day of finding (searching for / hunting down) inspiration, with the bigger goal of making change happen.

    Side note – If this is not what writing a blog / keeping a FB page / Tweeting is for, then what is it for, precisely? Thinking about Social Media makes it inspirational.

    Dreaming to doing

    I couldn’t sleep last night because of an idea. A business idea. The idea created adrenaline in my body which fueled my heart and my brain which developed the idea further which created more adrenaline! No sleep, but an idea nonetheless.

    I have let a lot of ideas go by the wayside. This one I will try and develop though. That’s the hard part. An idea is easy to come up with. Making it work is a lot harder.

    Time is running out

    So what shall we do with our 24 hours?

    Today I played golf under the African sun. I then watched the sun go down with my two baby girls. It’s also my wedding anniversary so I bought my wife a present. We have a good marriage. 6 years now.

    A day well spent. But the sun still reminds me of passing time.

    Tomorrow needs exercise, communication, and creativity. It needs love.

    Another one like today will do just fine. A good day.

    Focus snuck up on me

    Today was a good day in a good week. But I’m only realizing now after supper. Strikes me that it often goes that way.

    When you are busy, focused and enjoying yourself, almost by definition you stop noticing time pass and stop analyzing what you are doing.

    Only looking back now am I surprised at a good patch.

    Here’s hoping for more blind, ignorant, closed off, unthinking good patches 😉

    Behavior vs. logic

    Behavior trumps logic. If you want to pay off debt quickly, the maths says that it is best to attack the highest interest amount first, then work your way down to the next highest.

    However, it turns out that debt payments are not a maths problem, they are a behavior problem. Therefore the opposite (attacking the smallest interest amount first, and then using the payments from that amount to pay off the next smallest etc) is the best way to change behavior and cancel debt.

    Small manageable victories are always more sustainable than large sacrifices, even if they are not scientifically going to get you to your goal most efficiently.

    New profile picture coming along

    I’ve commissioned my good friend Mart over at avelingartworks.com to create a new profile picture. I love the existing one but I don’t want to infringe on copyright rules as it was sourced on the web.

    New one looks great so far! Can’t wait for the finished product!