A few weeks ago, I was relaxing after a tough day working on our upcoming launch of Pavlok.
We were all relaxing, watching YouTube videos, when I decided to activate my new Philips Hue light bulbs.
The Hue bulbs are my new favorite toy — light bulbs, controlled by your phone, that allow you to change the color of the room.
A few moments later, the light changed to a fluorescent light (I later realized this was the “Concentrate” setting on the app). Instantly, I sat up in my chair.
“Ok guys, but really, we need to get up and get moving! We are wasting time over here.”
As I said this, Johnny (my king intern) started to get his papers together.
At that moment, I realized something: The entire emotion of the room had changed. Why? Because of the color of light.
This immediately made me wonder three things:
What’s connection between mood, emotion and productivity?
How could I use this in my love life?
Could I actually change my team’s (and my own) productivity through color?
I decided to run a test. If my guess was correct, I’d be able to affect the productivity and mood of the team by making subtle changes to the lighting. So I took out my iPad.
I turned the setting to an ambient red light…and you can probably guess what happened next.
Within a few moments, the lights changed to a deep, relaxing purple. In the same moment the light changed — literally, in the same two seconds — Johnny released his bag and laid down on my beanbag chair.
“Man, let’s just chill a little longer.”
Hahaha. My inner evil genius was satisfied. Predictably, we didn’t get any more work done that day. Excellent.
But here’s the crazy part: He didn’t connect the change in his environment to his change in physiology. But he felt the change almost instantaneously.
Below, see the Philips Hue in action in my room:
This led me to the next natural question: How often is our productivity, focus and drive affected by external influences that we don’t even recognize?
The Phillips Hue bulbs might seem like cheap party tricks — but look again. There’s actually a ton of research that suggests things like lighting, temperature and emotional state have a dramatic effect on how much you get done.
It’s really easy to overlook these outside influences, but there are tons factors affecting how “on” we are every day. Maybe it’s not as simple as getting 8 hours of sleep and eating a good breakfast.
Will you do me a quick favor — can you tell me a little bit about your behavior triggers?
What are the specific factors that are always present when you find yourself in your best, most productive state?
Please, write a few sentences below in the comments and let me know. Some things you might think about:
What location are you in?
Are you on a computer, in a notebook, online/offline?
Did you drink coffee?
Are you slouching?
Are you around people, or by yourself?
I’m fascinated by this — let me know below in the comments.