The windows in my office face west, and my monitors face the windows. For this reason, when the sun starts inching westward in the afternoon, there comes a time when I have to close my blinds. Usually sometime between 2 and 3 o’clock. When I leave for the afternoon, my blinds stay closed.
There is something about walking into my office in the morning and opening the blinds that I find absolutely refreshing. My office goes from a fluorescent-lit cave to a beautiful daylight filled workspace in a matter of seconds. When my focus switches from the grey of the empty office to the blue of the sky, I am filled with something vaguely resembling inspiration.
Sometimes, it only lasts for a few seconds. Sometimes, it stays with me for an hour or so. Eventually, I am sucked into work and I forget all about it—but that’s just as well, because it makes it all the more enjoyable the next morning.
If I could change one thing in corporate America, it would be to give every employee a window. It’s bad enough having to spend hours on end in an office building—we all deserve a little bit of sunshine.