If youve ever worked in an office setting
before, chances are that youre more than familiar with That Guy.
Whos That Guy? Its your co-worker; the
one with a thousand motivational posters covering his cubicle walls. And you
dont call him That Guy for being so motivated you call him that because hes
put up a thousand motivational quotes and yet nothing about him seems overly
positive or particularly motivated to you.
You dont want to become That Guy or That
Woman. But you can still create a positive workspace out of your cubicle
without using the cheesy motivational posters located a few cubicles over.
Dont believe us? Here are six ways to get you started:
1. Re-arrange the Furniture to Feel Food
Call it Feng Shui if you want we just
call it good arrangement. If you want to create a work space that seems warm
and inviting to you, then youre going to have to start with the biggest things
in your cubicle the big stuff. If you have permission to shift things around
a bit, go ahead and do so. If you dont have permission to make big changes,
then change the arrangement of what items youre allowed to customize.
Post the Pictures Without the Words
If you like posting up motivational
pictures on your cubicle, you can always try to de-cheese it by posting
meaningful pictures. After all, the true value in posting something up where
you can see it is that youll be able to see
it. Let your motivation be visual. A quick word of warning: keep it subtle.
Dont tack everything up on your wall. Youd be surprised how going overboard
on this point can suddenly feel pardon the pun tacky.
Keep it Free of Food
Sure, eating at your cubicle can feel less
like a luxury and more like a necessity when no ones around for you to lunch
with and you want to watch a funny video during your break. But your cubicle
will stop feeling like an efficient workplace and more like an all-in-one
studio apartment when you treat it like the latter. Go out to eat, even if
out is just the break room.
Clean out Your Papers Every Monday.
Why Monday? Because Mondays suck anyways.
Plus, youll get a major kick in the butt and feel more inspired to work when
you have a clean workspace what better time to do that than at the beginning
of the week?
Associate your Cubicle with Relaxation
You have to work at your cubicle, sure, but
try to keep it a relaxation zone as much as you can. If you can listen to music
in your line of work, listen to relaxing music right after you sit down. If
someone interrupts you to talk to you, say walk with me and go and grab some
water. The more you associate your cubicle with relaxation and accomplishment,
the better youll feel about starting your workday.
Yes, decorate! Replace that old desk lamp
with something more modern and chic. Clear the wall behind your computer of any
poster or tacked-on visual you havent even looked at in months. Youll feel
David Ching is a marketing
strategist at EQA Office Furniture, a San Fransico office furniture company
selling workstations, receptionist desks, conference tables, cubical,
office chairs and more. Package pricing and free 3D virtual walkthroughs are
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