blahs got you down? Feeling ho hum at work? For a quick pick-me-up, try
transforming your office space.
you call home, a cubicle or the corner suite the office, we all clock many hours
a day at work. Experts say your day-to-day environment can have a profound
effect on your attitude. And if "familiarity breeds contempt" - or at least the
blahs - then a change, even a subtle one, can create a sense of vitality and
energy. A new look for your office can give you a new outlook at work!
Ready to reboot?
Create breathing room: A simple clean up
may be enough to do the trick. Toss old newspapers, magazines, coffee cups,
unused office accessories and clutter in the trash. Look around, the view is
Let there be light: Fluorescent lights
provides visibility, not atmosphere. If your office policy permits, add a task
lamp to your desk. Look for one in a fun color - bright yellow, hot pink - or
add a decorative lamp with a shade casting a warm, soft light.
inspiration: You work for a reason: to provide for your family,
for money for hobbies or travel, to further your career. Use pictures to remind
you of what matters most or what inspires you. Perhaps it's a travel poster of
a longed for destination or photos of your children or pet. Screensavers of
nature shots or family vacation photos can also perk up your mood. Rotate these
images periodically for a fresh source of smiles.
Nature's Bounty: Fresh flowers are a
mood enhancer but there's no need to spring for costly bouquets. Think holly
branches in the winter and daffodils in the spring. Even clear bowls of pine
cones or seashells are beautifully decorative and wonderfully free. Take pains
to brighten your space, you spend enough time there to make it worthwhile.
it!: If possible, rearrange the furniture. In a cubicle
this can be difficult to do, but even within a cube, you can often shift your
monitor or move your filing cabinet. In a larger office or at home, try
repositioning your desk to afford a different perspective. Again, depending on
where you work and what's permissible, a fresh coat of paint, new wall art or
rug can also do wonders in giving an old office a new look.
Does your work space affect your productivity? How do you create a
nurturing work environment? Share your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders
Community's Facebook and Twitter pages.
by Carly Fadako
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sawGRS A big thank you for your blog article. Really Cool.
KEvG18 Thank you for your blog.Much thanks again.
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