Most people I know had the same anxieties and sadness when they were approaching graduation. No, it wasn’t about missing college or not being able to see their friends anymore. They feared working 5 days a week, most of them assuming they’d be working 9-5 in an office. When you’re used to having classes at varying times and taking spontaneous trips during the week, the thought of hunkering down in doors all day in a cubicle until retirement can be pretty daunting. While being in an office is by no means the most exciting environment, it doesn’t have to be bad. Like everything, small changes can elevate the experience. I elevate my office experience by:
Decorating my desk
You’ll probably be here awhile so you might as well get comfortable. Making a space your own is so important, especially if you’re going to spend most of your time there. Most people spend more time at work than they do at home so it’s important to make sure the space is how you like it. My work desk has a marble theme and is decorated with motivational quotes, photos of my loved ones, and a plant. This is so much better than a plain desk because it feels like my own personal space that shows my personality and some of my favorite things.
Making lunch that I love
Sometimes the best part of the workday is lunch time! Even though it’s easy to get into the habit of throwing together whatever boring leftovers you have in the fridge, it’s so much better to make a lunch you’ll look forward to. Whether it’s your favorite salad, a tasty pastry, or take out from the restaurant across the street, you can always have lunch to look forward to if you put a little effort into it.
Listening to a podcast or music
Depending on your job this may not be possible. However, for those of us who can get away with putting headphones in at your desk, a great way to spice up your workday is by listening to music or a podcast. I love listening to The 1975 while I work. If I’m doing work that doesn’t require a lot of thinking I’ll listen to a podcast. Some of my favorites are The School Of Greatness and The Marie Forleo Podcast.
When you look good, you feel good. Dressing well has a way of lifting your self-esteem and making you feel like you can accomplish anything you set your mind to (hence why teachers in high school always told us to dress for success when we took the SATs). Fashion is a great way to express yourself and putting effort in how you look will give you something to look forward. When you normally would throw something on, you can use the opportunity to get excited about fashion and express yourself in ways you wouldn’t normally bother to.
The key to life is to grow. If you’re always staying in the same place, mentally and physically, you’re going to get bored. Start adopting an “i’m going to exceed their expectations” mindset and see not only how far you’ll go but also how much you’ll grow. You will gain confidence and you will find yourself more engaged and eager to work.
How do you make working in an office more enjoyable? Comment below.
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