Go ahead and let your gaze look out that window while you work. If you get caught, tell your boss that you’re just getting ready to be more productive!
The challenge: Can looking at natureâ€”even just a scenic screen saverâ€”really improve your focus? How much can 40 seconds of staring at grass actually help? Ms. Lee, defend your research.
Lee: We implicitly sense that nature is good for us, and there has been a lot of research into its extensive social, health, and mental benefits and the mechanisms through which they occur. Our findings suggest that engaging in these green microbreaksâ€”taking time to look at nature through the window, on a walk outside, or even on a screen saverâ€”can be really helpful for improving attention and performance in the workplace.