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4 Hacks That Help You Optimize Light And Get More Done
Whether you're just starting your hustle or been grinding for years, if making more of your time while easing the pressure on your eyes sounds like an interesting possibility, this is for you.
After spending thousands of hours experimenting in different workspaces, seeing light’s impact on productivity, I’ve tested a lot and have found a few keys that are consistent in days of noteworthy progress. 

Here’s four things I try to live by every day. Realistically, any day at least two of the four can get checked off, ends up being a pretty great one.
And building momentum starts with one great day.
Full disclosure: These might seem like small things, but it’s usually a handful of small changes that lead to big results. The truth is, while everyone's body responds differently, it really just takes responding well to one of these hacks to make a significant difference in your work—combining two or more will most likely result in compounded effects.
It’s not just coffee or tea that gets the engine started... the natural blue light taken in from the sun tells our body it’s time to wake up. For this reason, heading outdoors first thing in the morning to regulate our body’s clock and help produce vitamin D is routine-worthy. No matter if you’re an early bird or slow riser, this foundational step can be one of the most helpful habits of each day. In these 30 minutes, some enjoy reading, writing, stretching, meditating, breathing exercises, and plenty more. 

Since days on the computer don’t have much movement, Egoscue posture alignment is a simple, quick, super beneficial daily practice—as is Wim Hof’s breathing method.
(videos for both linked below)
Egoscue
For some reason, no matter how ergonomic a workspace is set up, some sort of back pain is sure to arise when sitting for 6-12 hours. Our bodies just aren’t made for it. The Egoscue method suggests that everyone uses their muscles differently based on work, habits, and past injuries. Over time, our bones shift slightly, causing imbalances which leads to pressure, irritation, pain, and even more imbalance—a fun, downward spiral. To clean up the mess, targeted stretches and exercises help strengthen muscles that aren’t working correctly, causing our bones to shift back, ever so slightly, to their pain-free home.
Wim Hof
One of the most extraordinary people on this planet. Aside from holding 26 world records (like climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 31 hours wearing shorts and furthest swim under ice), his breathing method changes our bodies from a typical toxic, acidic state, to a thriving alkaline state. This doesn't just crush anxiety and comes with a super-human charge of bliss, it also flips studies about disease (even autoimmune disease) upside down. Whether you’re up for experimenting in the cold or not, both the science and effects of this method are incredible.
When optimizing a workspace whether in an office, apartment, cafe, library or elsewhere, having significantly different light absorbed by one eye and not the other, forces our eyes to over-process—making them tired, faster. That said, areas with an even spread of light help eyes relax—the goal here.
One of the most effective ways to balance the light in your immediate workspace is to set up shop facing a window, adjusting your monitor’s brightness to match. Doing so allows for our bodies to be in natural light—helping us be happier, more productive, and calmer.
It’s important to note, putting one of your sides or back against a window comes with complications like light imbalance and glare. This makes our eyes and brain do extra work...

To keep it simple, the window should be used as a computer backdrop. If direct sunlight gets too distracting, window shades made of white cloth or semi-transparent white material will diffuse sunlight and can double as a lamp-friendly bounce point, once the sun goes down.  

Regardless of your setup, being mindful to block harsh light, dodge glare, and filter light go a long way when it comes to maintaining energy. More on that in #4.
But what if you don’t have a window? Get ready to make one—or something like it. 

By using a backlight to illuminate the wall behind your computer the soft spread of light eases our eyes. Directional lamps and spotlights do the trick— creating a bounce effect as the backdrop to your computer screen.

And for dark spaces with more room for change, a semi-transparent, white, room divider as a diffuser with a frosted flood light behind it, can be used to create faux window light. Think giant vertical lamp shade.

This works as well for solo spaces as it does for small to medium-sized shared spaces.
Remember, as long as light is being bounced on a surface in front of you, and the bulb isn’t in your line of sight, you’re in good shape.
When doing what you love requires extended time on a computer, it overexposes us to blue light—putting a subtle, yet dominant, strain on our eyes. Day after day, bits of eye strain, tiredness, tension, brain fog, and lack of focus often lead to decreased productivity, feeling burned out, and, ultimately, wasted time. 

This builds up overtime and isn't a pretty picture.

To get us on the right track, the most effective and safest filters limit blue light with a warm, yellow hue—helping us eliminate digital eye strain and conserve our energy, so we can think clearer and put our energy where it's most needed.  

Here’s what I use...
F.lux
Software that makes your life better. This smart blue light app is a quick install and can have a significant impact when it comes to filtering some of the energy-draining light that comes from our computer. After getting used to it, it's easy to see just how straining computer work without a built-in filter really is.
Quality eyewear that crushes blue light and protects your eyes so you can get more done. We developed these yellow-tinted shields for passionate people that work hard. By filtering 85% of blue light, they allow us to extend productive hours of computer work without having to deal with digital eye strain. Some might consider it an unfair advantage, but one thing’s for sure... if you try them, working on a computer will never be the same again.
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