Hygge -(pronounced hue-guh or hoo-ga), is a Danish term meaning cozy or comfortable. #Hygge was tagged over 1.5M times on Instagram and was Pinterest’s hottest home decorating trend. 

What is Hygge? 

It is one of the best ways to relax and become more productive by creating an environment that inspires, feels comfortable, and promotes productivity. The benefits are derived through biophilic design, introduced in 1984 by Edward O. Wilson that suggests, “...humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life…”  

At Cityscapes Inc. we use this concept to bring hygge to the office — our biophilic designs fuse the human connection to nature improving the quality of life, reducing stress and bumping up productivity.

Hygge-up your workspace with biophilic elements:

  1. Go green. Bring the outdoors in! Adding a small plant to your desk or a tall plant in the corner of your office will give it a fresh look. Plants in the office not only liven it up, but they also reduce stress and help you become more productive. Simply looking at plants has a tranquilizing effect; they make us feel good; very hygge.
  2. Connect with others. Share a morning muffin with co-workers occasionally; it’s all about connecting. Take time out of your busy day to connect with others and get to know them. Focus on positive subjects and encourage others to do the same. You will be re-energized and productivity will increase exponentially. Also, positivity is contagious!
  3. Fluff up your space. New pictures of the family, boyfriend/girlfriend, dog or pet tarantula can work wonders for the psyche. 
  4. Ditch the clutter. Look around – can your office use a serious top to bottom purge? What can you get rid to create more “open space”? Minimalism is definitely trending.

Small changes like these make hygge work for you. Cityscapes Inc. will help you create the perfect work environments for your employees. By focusing on incorporating nature through the use of plants and harmonizing them with the human element, they will help you create an environment where both will thrive, your staff will become tuned in to your company goals and productivity will increase organically.

Now that we have the right biophilic elements in place and hygge is working for you, here are more tips to becoming more productive

  1. It is now believed that multi-tasking doesn’t actually help you get more done— it causes stress. However, by focusing on one task at a time, you will have a more productive day 
  2. Be realistic with what you believe you can accomplish in a day and how long tasks should take. Scientific studies now prove that we have a tendency to underestimate how long something will take to finish.
  3. If you make lists, again, be reasonable and keep them short; the more things on your list, the less motivated you feel, plus you’ll become frustrated by the sheer number of unfinished tasks. As the day wears on, it’s more difficult to maintain that momentum and you end up losing steam.
  4. Schedule your most important tasks earlier in the day so as not to paint yourself into a corner. Accomplishing a little is more gratifying than going for a lot and missing the mark. Your mind becomes more efficient and strategic when an entire task is completed.

By completing a few tasks well, you will retain the clarity to do the rest of your tasks even better.

 Managing energy over time

  1. We all get the same 24 hours each day to do as we see fit. Managing your energy versus time is a healthier, more productive approach to managing daily activitiesTony Schwartz, founder, and CEO of The Energy Project and author of “The Productivity Paradox”, has developed reliable, scientifically-backed methods to empower and energize people in the workplace. He is considered one of the world’s authorities on rebuilding organizations to be more humane, human and higher performing.
  2. There are 4 basic types of energy within the human spirit: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Tending to each of these sources of motivation is the key to keeping energy up — and that might mean taking a new approach to managing your energy at work and at home. 
  3. Hone-in on specific strategies to address each type of energy fatigue, 

 Physical Energy

Exercise, nutrition, and sleep are the mainstays of physical energy. Working late, skipping breakfast, forgoing physical exercise all take their toll on the human body and psyche. Small changes, i.e. by eating three or four small meals make you less likely to crash. A regular sleep schedule will keep alert throughout the day.

Mental Energy

Use your mental energy wisely and stop multitasking.  Instead, block out periods to focus on one task at a time.

Emotional Energy

Emotional energy determines the quality of your attention and work. While proper rest is vital to help you focus, your attitude is equally important.  When stress starts to creep in, get up, take a short walk, or look share a funny story with a co-worker.

Spiritual Energy

To help recharge your spiritual energy, start by clarifying your long-term goals; brainstorm ways to make your daily work fit into those goals. Spiritual energy is clearly connected with real-life productivity.

By incorporating biophilic design into the workplace, and managing energy over time, employees will experience heightened levels of productivity.