I recently read a very short daily blog by Seth Godin–American author and former dot com business executive that made me think of you.
Here’s how it went:
1,000 little steps
There’s nothing in the dentist’s office that was there fifty years ago. Every device, every compound, every technique has been changed.
Bit by bit. Involving thousands of people and organizations. Improvements large and small (mostly small), in every corner.
And every one of those improvements was met with resistance. Every change was fought, tooth (!) and nail. Every one had critics and skeptics and hold outs.
That’s how the world changes. By drips. Persistent, generous, tiny drips.
This made me think of your waiting room, exam and treatment rooms and, really, your entire office or clinic.
By making little design changes consistently, you enhance and improve the experience of your staff and patients every day.
Let me repeat that a different way.
By making little design changes consistently over time, you change the world, making people feel better with every design drop.
It’s hard to quantify your small design improvements in the same way it’s hard to judge a single drop of water in your cup until it is full.
We’re so used to seeing big and grand displays of change in our lives, on Facebook, Instagram and other social media.
And sometimes those big grand displays of design improvements you might see throughout Pinterest can feel a bit intimidating. You might wonder how in the heck you’re going to be able to afford those changes.
And yet, bit by bit, drip by drip you can make those gorgeous and important design changes and they become visible the more consistent you do it. Drips adding up, remember?
So please, peeps, keep making those decor changes to your waiting rooms, offices, clinics, and other wellness rooms.
They make a huge difference.
To get you started, here are 3 design ideas of drips (improvements) you can make to your healthcare space now:
#1. Got a lighting problem with those awful overhead fluorescent lights? No problem. Turn them off and buy some affordable floor and table lamps and place them throughout the room. Your patients and clients will LOVE this new cozy vibe in your office.
Click on my Pinterest board Lighting for Medical and Healthcare Spaces (below) for lighting inspiration:
And…. install a dimmer for those bright overhead lights. It’s more affordable than you think. (Another design drip.)
#2. Paint the walls in your waiting room a beautiful soothing blue. It takes one weekend and maybe a few of your friends can help you paint it.
By Monday, your waiting room has literally transformed from a little drip of blue paint to a wildly vast difference everyone who visits the space can feel.
Blue is a deeply calming and soothing color. During these intense times in the world, a blue walled waiting room can do more good than you can imagine to relaxing your patient or client’s nervous system.
For more help on selecting the best color blue and more than two dozen best paint colors for your healthcare space, you can get my book, The Color Cure 2.0 – How to transform your healthcare office, clinic or treatment room into an oasis by choosing the perfect paint for $65 bucks.
Go here to learn more and download a few sample chapters for free: http://cheryljanisdesigns.com/the-color-cure-book/.
#3. Swap out your square side tables and coffee tables in your waiting room for round or curved ones. Studies show that people instantly feel more relaxed and comfortable in rooms that have curved shapes.
In fact, I’ve had clients report back to me how this one change has created a whole new vibe in their entire office space where curved shaped furniture is placed.
So tell me, which one out of the above three drips, I mean tips, is your favorite? 💖
Send me a note here.
Yours in calming and beautiful healthcare spaces,