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Today is Arbor Day. Although the celebration of trees started in the U.S., it has spread around the world as trees have been identified as critical components of a healthy environment. It's a good day to go out and plant a tree, or two, or ten. The Arbor Day Foundation is ready and willing to help, by providing inexpensive and free trees for groups and individuals.
I once rented a place where my landlord planted two dozen fruit trees in the front yard and declared that it would be an experiment in "survival of the fittest." He put no thought into how he placed the trees for successful growth, and indeed, more than half of them didn't make it through the first season. Obviously it wasn't the most thoughtful way of planting trees.
What does planting trees have to do with Office and your productivity? Well, I don't know about you, but I can't sit in front of a computer for eight hours a day without a break. It's important to give one's eyes the chance to focus on something other than the electronic screen. I like to take my breaks in our courtyard, under the trees. Currently, the petals are falling from the cherry blossoms and the emerging leaves are showing their new green, which is a soothing change from email.
So, take a break today. Plant a tree, or just admire one.