The open plan concept, at first a novelty and full of inspiration, but does everything flow, It has been found that in an office, conversations are broken , and everyone shares in on the local news or company gossip !! The room takes on odours of all kinds, people eat this and that and not everyone is happy with this arrangement…..
The original open plan system within the office work force became popular in the 60’s, this does not include the famous typing pools which were previously in existence, although still extremely popular they have reduced in the amount of people within, and are more comfortable to work in, surveys did show that open plan can distract more than help the creativity its original idea had, it was used as a thinking tank where idea’s could flow freely from one employee to another, also in some cases the concentration level is weaker due to the hustle and bustle of not having private offices. open plan offices need to be filled with very special people, who have the ability to work amongst others without losing any abilities they may have., it is not suitable for all.
There are a few ways you can survive an open plan office, you can make invisible barriers with your files and books, a plant is also a good screen………when taking a break, don’t eat behind your computer screen, try to get outside, 5 mins in the fresh air helps, giving the brain a little oxygen is always welcome, and it takes you away and distract you from the office for a short period.
Many modern homes now have an open plan and they are very attractive, large and spacious, however they can have the same problems at times as an office, maybe who is cooking is very happy but the person in the lounge does not enjoy the noise and smells that flow from the kitchen, it is important to remember to have a separate room as a home office or maybe little lounge area to relax if the house is occupied or your little space to meditate and be just you !
We all need our little flow, whether it be in our work space or within our home.Never forget yourself.
Brooke Universal Life Coach