Productivity immediately goes down in a non-changing environment.
The only constant is change. Well what does that mean? So we’re sitting in a room now and we’re not aware of it because it happens, it’s just continual, but the light qualities are continually changing. The spectral characteristics of the daylight are continually changing. There are clouds moving in front of the light coming from the sun. So just as everything is changing, that becomes part of the change. Now you put someone in front of a computer the light stays steady, or the overhead light doesn’t change, or the temperature of the room is always the same. The colors of the walls stay the same. Well attention is a very interesting thing. It only beats up when you have a new stimulus. To be attentive, something calls you. If you have a non-changing stimulus, very quickly your attention span begins to drop. You experience boredom. You want to, you feel physiologically restricted and part of you wants to escape. You just want to get out of there. So what happens very quickly when you have a non-changing radiant screen, or a non-changing artificial world as most of our office buildings are because most people are not sitting like their bosses in the executives that have the offices with big windows overlooking the distance. The people that are doing a lot of the every day work, we give them the spaces that make it impossible for them to be productive. So productivity immediately goes down in a non-changing environment. So if you can do things, we’re not going to eliminate computers and all of that, but if you can do things to begin to create a continual change, every time there’s a change, the attentional process gets booted up again, you have less boredom, more excitement, more creativity, a greater expansive ness of breeding and what we all wellness improves.