Walking, fresh air, taking a break.

A cloudy day in the Mercer Slough in Bellevue, WA. Taken with a Fujifilm X100T.

I have a bad habit of sitting at my desk too long and getting completely lost in my work. I can easily go 2–3 hours without taking a break, and that is a bad thing. I’ve told myself many times before that I need to get up from my desk, stop looking at my monitors, and get some fresh air. The problem is that it’s too easy to just sit and keeping working.

I recently moved desks at work and now have to readjust my daily habits. I park in a different spot. I use a different entrance. My desk is arranged differently. Everything around me is different. Since I’ve changed my work environment, I might as well change my daily habits as well.

I am fortunate to work in an office that is surrounded my nature. We’re located smack dab in the middle of the Mercer Slough Nature Park where there are trees, water, animals (mostly rabbits, ducks, and geese), and plenty of walking trails. I really have no excuse for not taking advantage of the wonderful environment.

So, I took a lunchtime stroll yesterday. It was awesome. Getting up and moving around (beyond just walking over to talk to someone) helped me get my blood flowing. The fresh air was a nice change from the recycled HVAC air in the building. I was able to refocus my eyes on something more than arm’s-length away. When I got back into the office, I was refreshed and energized and ready to tackle my afternoon workload. It was good.

I also brought my camera with me, so I could concentrate on something other than my day-to-day work. I didn’t have any particular things I wanted to photograph. I took pictures of the slough, the sky, trees, grass, flowers, and a dragonfly. It didn’t matter what I photographed. I just needed to do something not work-related for 30 minutes.

This is a routine that I really like. I know that I won’t be able to do this everyday. I am a manager, after all, and things tend to change on an hourly basis for me. I’ll do what I can though. Getting outside is just plain good for my health and well-being. It’s never a bad thing to take care of myself.