For many of us who work in an office, the majority of our week will be spent on the job. The office becomes a second home since we spend so much time there. Unfortunately, with all this time spent at the office, day to day life can become quite mundane and predictable.
While many of us may not have the power or authority to assert such a drastic change in our work load to day to day activities, many of us do however have the power to control our workspace.
Our office desk in some ways represents who we are as a person. Our desk can reveal our likes, hobbies and even traits. But this only happens when we put a little work into creating a more ‘homely’ environment.
A dull, bland and grey desk can have a negative effect on our mood while we work. Personalising and decorating our workspace can have a significant improvement on our overall job satisfaction. While some people may see this as office clutter, others will see it as a meaningful personal display.
So with this in mind, here are 15 ways to help personalise your office workspace.
Bringing a bit of the outside, in, can make a world of difference. Various studies have been conducted looking at the effects of plants within the workplace. Not only will a desk planet help brighten up your desk, it will also help you complete tasks faster. Studies have shown that office plants can increase the speed in which employees complete computer tasks by 12%.
We all enjoy getting some new stationery to fit into our pencil pot, so why not go all out and grab something which no one else has got. From pencil toppers to quirky sticky notes, these items are normally bright and inviting which is sure to put a smile on your face.
Working in an office often leads us to staring at a computer screen for hours on end. Sometimes it’s best to just take a break, and what better way than to read a few pages of our favourite books.
Snacks are a great pick-me-up during a busy day. Having them ready at hand on your desk can help lift our mood can bring a nice look to the desk. Just be careful not to indulge too much in the more sugary snacks.
More often than not, keyboard and mouse mats tend to be dull, boring and plain. Opt to buy a bespokely made mat to brighten up your work station. Add images from your favourite TV shows, movies and musicians to help ramp up that personal feel.
Many of us forget about our computer background and screensaver and just leave it on the default setting. Search the internet for 1000's of free to use wallpapers to add that personal touch.
Depending on the lighting within your office, you may need your own personal lamp. A lamp can add a huge amount to the atmosphere of your workspace. But instead of opting for the more traditional business looking lamps, why not go for something more homely.
Those favourite books of yours need to rest against something, so why not add a bit of humour.
When we’re feeling down or stressed, having a picture of someone who means most to us can help take the edge off. Whether this be a picture of your kids, partner or pet, just be tasteful in the pictures you decide to choose.
Coffee, coffee, coffee. Copious amounts of coffee are consumed throughout offices up and down the country. Inject a bit of personality into your morning routine with a personalised mug.
With all this new stationery, we’re going to have to have somewhere to store it all. Having a fun, and unique stationery organiser certainly beats having a boring and bland one.
Sitting all day can take its toll. Invest in comfy chair pillow. Not only will it look nice, but it will also keep your tushy comfy throughout the day.
Office workspaces are notoriously small and unwelcoming. While adding all what's been said will help create a more vibrant and personalised environment, your workspace may still feel small. Adding a mirror can create the illusion of more space.
Whether this be inside or on the outside of your drawers, adding wallpaper can give your office furniture a huge lift. With this one, subtlety is key. Don’t plaster every inch of your drawers with it. You’ll end up making them look tacky.
A pre-made personalised keyboard can be quite pricey. But there are such things as keyboard stickers. These allow you to easily add colour and art to your keyboard, making it look unique and interesting.