In a perfect world, everyone who worked in an office building would have their own space with a door to block out unwanted noise. They would have huge windows with beautiful views and lots of room! Unfortunately, this isn’t always the norm when it comes to office jobs. Your average company’s workspace is typically a cubicle and may not work for everyone’s style.
No job is perfect, but everyone should love what they do, workspace and all! If you’re feeling like you’re trapped in a never-ending gray box, then it’s time to put a little spice in your life. With these simple tips, you can make your boring cubicle the talk of the office and prevent cubicle burnout.
#1 Get Up and Move
The only time you should remain still for 8 hours is when you’re sleeping! Getting up to walk around and stretch will keep you feeling awake and refreshed by increasing blood and oxygen flow throughout your entire body. Simple changes to your work day like taking the stairs or swapping your office chair for an exercise ball can keep you energized and ready to go. It’s important to use your breaks. Go grab lunch, eat outside, or go for a walk. It doesn’t matter what you do just make sure you leave your desk.
#2 Use Your Paid Time Off
We know, vacations cost money and can have a hefty price tag. Even if you can’t afford to go to the Bahamas for a week you should still use your vacation time! It’s there for a reason and allows you to recharge. You can even take a staycation and do the things you love to do, but never have time for otherwise! Only have a day or two to take off? Take a mental health day! Binge watch a new tv show, go to the spa, or have some drinks with friends. You deserve it!
#3 Switch up your work day
If writing that company newsletter is putting you to sleep, then switch it up! Yes, you still need to finish the newsletter by the end of the day, but you can change gears and come back to it later. This keeps your mind engaged and makes you less likely to get bored. You can also try listening to some music with a fast tempo to get you in the groove. If none of these are working for you, and your company offers flexible hours, try switching up your hours! You can go in later or leave earlier. Whatever fits your needs, and day-to-day schedule.
Whether you’re introverted or extroverted we are still social beings and it’s important to socialize, especially if you work in an environment where you deal with unruly customers all day. It will be a nice change of pace to talk with a coworker. Tell a funny story or joke, discuss plans for the weekend, or current events. Even finding someone that you can vent with can remove a heavy weight from your shoulders. Have a group of people you talk to at work? Go to trivia once a week or check out a local restaurant for happy hour appetizers!
#5 Decorate, Decorate, Decorate!
This is perhaps the most important tip of all! Nobody wants to look at gray walls for 8 hours out of their day. Think about your home or when you go to another person’s house. We’re willing to bet that you see pictures of family or friends and get a sense of the homeowner’s style based on their décor items. Those personal touches you create at home should be brought to your cubicle.
Make your cubicle fun and exciting! There are a lot of different ways you can spruce up your workspace. Take something like ordinary office supplies, by adding your company’s logo you just created something that nobody else has! Check out these office promotional products. In the long run, decorating your cubicle costs virtually nothing, is super easy, and will make you happier at work. Here are some ways you can liven your cubicle:
- Plants: If you have a green thumb, and are semi close to a natural light source, a plant will add a sense of fresh air! If you’re not as fortunate as others, low care plants such as succulents or cacti are still beautiful and will transport you to far off places.
- Pictures: Even if you’re the photographer in the family and have zero pictures of yourself, that’s ok! Add pictures of your family, pets, or favorite things. Don’t choose your standard picture size. Make a collage with pictures of various sizes or get pictures printed on different surfaces, like a canvas or piece of wood. If none of these ideas work, then mix it up with fancy or colorful picture frames. Bottomline, if you’re feeling down you can brighten your mood by looking at the pictures of the things you love.
- Books: Love to read? Add a mini library to your cubicle. Books make adorable decorations for any space, not just bookshelves. This practical decoration will come in handy during lunch break and you want to kick back and read a good book. If others like to read in your office, offer up a book exchange! Everyone can bring in books they’ve already read and create a mini library. You can even start a work book club and talk about books on breaks!
- Wall Art: This one might be a little tricky for some, but if you have plenty of space left, hanging wall art can add a splash of color and nostalgia. Whether it’s a poster of your favorite movie or your favorite quote, wall art is sure to inspire your personality to come out. Still seeing gray? Check out removeable wallpapers or wrapping paper to pin to the walls.
- Diffuser/Air Freshener: Sometimes certain smells can boost your mood or lift your spirits. If your company will allow a diffuser, you could use essential oils to help reduce stress or even increase focus and productivity. Not your thing, but love the smell of pine trees or the salty ocean air? No problem! Pick up an air freshener of your favorite scent and keep it at your desk.
- Color: Many psychologists believe that certain colors influence certain moods. Gray falls into this category and is known as an emotionless color. Therefore, it doesn’t matter how you choose to decorate your office, the most important thing to include is color! Splashes of color can brighten your mood. Choose colors that mean something to you. If you love the ocean pick shades of blue. If your favorite color is purple, then pick purple. It’s all up to what you enjoy and what makes you happy!
Want to take decorating to a whole new level? Decorate your cubicle during the holidays or organize a cubicle decorating contest at the office! Still stuck? Even something as simple as changing the background on your computer can put you in a better mood.
Remember you’re not alone when it comes to feeling cubicle burnout. It can happen to the best of us! These tips can help improve your state of mind and make your space look colorful and inviting. Try a few of these tips and see what works best for you!
How do you keep your day lively? Any tips that should be added to the list?