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Previously, we discussed how different environments can affect performance. This exercise will help you determine what types of things help or hinder your own creativity.

First, think about your current conceptual productivity and rank it on a scale of 1 to 10. This will serve as a benchmark to determine improvement in the future. Now, get a piece of paper and describe the most ideal environment that you can imagine. If you could design and build the perfect office or study, what would you do? Think about lighting, noise, temperature, access to materials, access to food, collaboration with friends and co-workers, communication, etc.

Once you are done, compare this perfect environment to the one in which you currently work. What small changes could you make to move your current space toward your ideal? Make these changes. Once you have used the new space for a while, rank your productivity again and see if it has improved.

If you work in a group, have everyone do this exercise (anonymously if desired) and see what the team has in common. If you implement these common requests, you’ll be boosting the productivity of everyone involved.

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