After you’ve settled into your cubicle or office, learned the ropes, and started to add value to your company, it’s only natural to personalize your work space in a way that pleases you. Even though I’m fairly new to QLP, you can bet your bottom dollar that I have spent a decent amount of time researching the ways to fill my cubicle with positive energy.
It is one thing to create positive energy (via enthusiasm) in your own cubicle, but a lot of positive energy also comes from your surroundings. Following some of these simple steps for your cubicle can send happy waves all around! Soon, the whole office will be humming “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”!
Let the decorating begin!
Step One: Add Photos and/or Art.
This is the most obvious step, but that doesn’t make it less important. Pictures help personalize your workspace! Smiles are contagious, especially when they’re on the faces of people you love (after all, I would hope that you wouldn’t display pictures of loved ones crying). Or, if you’d rather not bring in all of your picture frames, artwork adds color to your neutral-colored cube walls as well. It is said that colors can play an important role in affecting our moods, so fill your cubicle with colors like green (associated with optimism), blue (said to be calming and gives a sense of security), and heck, you can even treat yourself like the king or queen you are and throw a little purple (associated with royalty) in there, too!
Note: For a fun, creative way to add color to your cubicle, just run out to the fabric store, buy a cheap sheet of fabric (hooray for clearance aisles!), and pin it up over your boring gray cubicle wall. Voilà! Who said you can’t have your own wallpaper at work? I plan on doing this very soon.
Step Two: Add Some Life.
No, you don’t need to run out and buy a hamster or anything (unless that’s acceptable at your work place, and you find peace in the sound of a hamster wheel). Simply putting a plant in your cubicle can create positive energy, and increase productivity. This also adds that hint of green I mentioned earlier. However, if you are going to add plants to your cube, make sure they’re office friendly! No plants should be harmed in the decorating of your cubicle! Plants that would survive in the office environment include English Ivy, Wandering Jew, Asparagus Fern, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, Bamboo, or a Jade Plant.
Note: Try to avoid plants with prickles, like a cactus. This is considered bad feng shui, and we want positive energy!
Step Three: Watch your back.
Having your back to the entrance of your cubicle or office creates negative energy. Humans are actually more comfortable when their backs are not exposed to what’s going on outside their cubicle! A computer monitor mirror can only show you so much about what’s going on while you’re working.
Note: At QLP, most of us have our backs to the entrance of our cubicle. So, as a tip, tilt your chair slightly so that your side is facing the entrance. Now you can wave and smile at everyone that passes by! If you were to walk past my cube right now, you’d surely see me doing this.
Step Four: Candy!
For real? You’re telling me it is a good thing to keep a stash of candy at my desk? I’m sold! You’ll keep that positive energy flowing if you have a reason to have visitors stopping by. Having a hard piece of candy can also help you focus; some schools even use this as a strategy when handing out exams. And let’s be honest, a little treat can be just the thing for that second wind you need around 2:00 PM.
Step Five: Inspiration.
Whether it’s a photograph of someone you love or a print out of your favorite quotes, having inspiration in your cubicle will without a doubt keep those good vibes flowing! When you’re having a bad day, the stress keeps building up, and you want to break down and cry, it is nice to look over and read something like:
“Will this matter a year from now?” -Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.
I am a huge fan of decorating shows on HGTV that are full of information about positive environments. Unfortunately, until I got my own cubicle here, I didn’t have much space to personalize and call my own, aside from my bedroom. Finally, all of that knowledge is put to good use! Hopefully I’ve given you something to think about when it comes to making the most of your work space.
How do you facilitate positive energy in your work space? Have any of these steps worked for you in the past? Which colors would keep your creativity flowing?