Office Oasis

Hello happy people,

Let’s talk about work... I know, before you click away just hear me out, chances are you spend about 40 hours a week within your workspace; whether it’s inside an office building or your spare bedroom.  For most of us, we’ll be spending a large chunk of our young life striving towards prestigious positions and working tirelessly to meet our goals. Which means, you’re going to need a comfortable place to work.

In A Series of Unfortunate Events, sanctuary is described to be “...a small, safe place in a troubling world. Like an oasis in a vast desert or an island in a stormy sea,” and we all know how hectic work gets. So essentially, like in the story, we need a place to feel at ease in the middle of daily chaos.

First things first: In order to create your perfect office space, you are going to need to take a look at the room, cubicle, or desk where you’ll be working. Of course this can also translate to whichever space you spend most of your day working in. Just remember you don’t need a degree in interior design to create a beautiful workspace.

Once you’re settled, here are some tips I used to improve my own workspace:

Pick a theme.  Don’t be afraid to steer away from a particular theme, remember that the important factor here is how comfortable your office space looks and how it makes you feel. You want your office to brighten your outlook and increase creativity and efficiency. For instance, minimalism has become increasingly popular in recent years and usually blends well with the modern corporate setting. 

Declutter.   Albert Einstein said that a cluttered desk was a sign of a cluttered mind, and while the man might have been a genius, we remember him for his intellect and not for his messy office. Take a moment to look at all of the old files, knick-knacks, and just overall trash that doesn't add anything to your day and get rid of it. Free yourself of the clutter.

Stay organized.   Work gets messy. And we all know that sometimes is hard to stay ahead of the curve even when trying our best to do so. Make an effort to keep your workspace organized by not dumping things on top of it. Take the extra 5 seconds to open your drawers and organize your files instead of piling them up on a corner.

Get comfortable.  Let your office be an extension of yourself. It's a place to focus on the task at hand without letting outside noise get into your head. Add a few elements to the room that are just for you. Whether it be a succulent garden,  family photos or upgraded office supplies make sure that it brings you joy.

These are merely suggestions that I  used when I first settled into my office. The takeaway is to make the best out of your particular situation; add a daily dose of joy to your 9-to-5 routine by simply knowing that you have a place with your very unique touch; whether it be in the top floor of a skyscraper, or tucked away in the corner of a warehouse!

The JH Family


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