This Simple Change Can Help You Succeed at Work

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Feeling a little sluggish at work? Adding some blue light to your workspace could help transform you from an office also-ran to a workplace superstar.

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) recently found evidence that exposure to short-wavelength light — also known as “blue” light — directly improves alertness and performance.

The researchers say the findings have implications for all workers — whether they work the day shift or night shift:

While helping to improve alertness in night workers has obvious safety benefits, day shift workers may also benefit from better quality lighting that would not only help them see better but also make them more alert.

The researchers say the best way to increase your exposure to blue light is to get outside, since blue light is abundant in daylight. If you can work outdoors, do so. If not, try to take outdoor breaks.

They also suggest purchasing a lamp that emits blue light and setting it up at your desk. The Philips GoLITE BLU Energy Light promises you will “feel more energized with blue light, naturally.” You can get it at Amazon.

More tips for boosting your career

Exposure to blue light is just one way to boost your performance at work. For example, cultivating curiosity is a key to advancing in your career. As we write in “10 Characteristics of Wildly Successful People“:

Although some wildly successful people are natural brainiacs, most possess the same gray matter as the rest of us. They simply recognize there is more to learn, and understanding that gives them the tools and resources needed to reach their goals.

Networking also is vital to moving your career ahead. It’s arguably more important than ever before, but most of us despise the very thought of “pressing the flesh.”

Such negative feelings are misplaced, however. Check out “9 Simple Tips for Successful and Painless Networking” to learn how to make networking less intimidating — and maybe even a little fun.

What kind of lighting do you have at work? Share your thoughts below or on Facebook.

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