A Life of Productivity tip #44 – paint your office the right colour

This Life of Productivity tip is a bit of a departure from some of those I’ve been looking at recently, but I’ve been looking forward to exploring it –

Paint your office the right color. Science says you should paint a room blue to stimulate your mind, yellow to stimulate your emotions, red to stimulate your body, and green to stimulate a sense of balance.

– partly because this interview is pretty fascinating; partly because I like the fact that it justifies my decision to paint my office yellow (this was a coincidence. I wasn’t trying to stimulate my creative side; I just painted every room in my flat a different colour, because it was the first time I’d ever lived on my own and I’d always wanted to do it); and partly because I wonder if constantly being surrounded by the colour red (leaflets, Jeff Smith posters, all my clothes) is having any effect on me. Here’s what the ALOP interview has to say about red:

Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
But loving him was red
Loving him was red

…my apologies, that’s Taylor Swift. Here’s what the interview says:

If you want to be more productive doing something physical, red would make you more productive than either blue or yellow, because it stimulates you physically. If you’re hiring a bunch of guys to build you a house, for example, “blue isn’t going to be a lot of help to you – you want the red for physical strength and stimulus”.

Hmm. Is that why we associate the colour red with ‘Labour’? …probably not. But it does mean our office environment (though chilly) should be encouraging everyone to get out there pounding the pavements…

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