Your Office Says More Than You Realize
When I went to college and moved out of my parent’s house, I remember the first thing I did was paint the bedroom walls in my new home. I think it made me feel a sense of ownership over my room. I wanted what was within those four walls to be a representation of me. It was where I started and ended my day, where I spent countless hours reading, writing and studying. I needed it to be a place that was comfortable and a place I enjoyed being.
That seems to apply to a workspace as well. Whether you have your own office or just a desk, make that space your own. I recently started at Morrison and am still in the process of making my office an environment where I can be most productive. I have a few trinkets on my desk, a picture hanging, a desktop photo of my puppy, and each day I enjoy my morning coffee in a mug I bring from home. I set a routine of getting to work and immediately opening up the blinds and putting on a Spotify playlist that best fits my mood for that day.
I have organized my desk drawers to contain the essential office supplies and have a notebook easily accessible for jotting down important information. Oh, and I have an obsession with sticky notes and often times have multiple stuck to my desktop of daily reminders or words of inspiration. My office still needs a lot of TLC – like moving my desk 180 degrees for a different view out the window, but little things like that that can change the entire feel of a space.
There is something about adding a personal touch to your desk that really creates an environment of productivity. Not only that, but the painting you have hanging on your wall may bring about a new topic of conversation between you and a colleague! So, whether it is a picture of family or a small memento from your favorite vacation, I encourage you to make your space your own. Move your furniture around, buy a new chair for your desk or put a plant in the window. If you spend most of you time in that place, make it a place you want to be.
About the Author
Janae Swartz is a consultant with Morrison, working primarily in our People Solutions practice. To get in touch with Janae, please find contact information for Morrison here.