As much time as we spend at the office, it makes sense to bring a little of your personal flair to your office space.
Most companies impose restrictions and safety regulations, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your surroundings and infuse a touch of your own personality.
After all, employees tend to be more productive when they’re happy!
Here are 10 things you can add to personalize your desk and make your workspace happier, healthier, and a lot more fun:
For a touch of color – and for a sweet reminder of why you work a job in the first place – decorate your desk with handmade mementos from the people you love.
It used to be that we put our kids’ artwork on the fridge, but in a culture where both parents usually work, the cubicle is the new go-to place to display your kids’ paintings and crafts.
Don’t have kids?
A carnival caricature will definitely remind you to smile.
A Touch of Greenery
Plants help purify the air, and it’s been proven in scientific experiments that caring for plants has a positive effect on overall health and wellbeing.
Maybe the traditional corner office rubber tree is a little large for the average cubicle, but there are lots of shade-friendly plants that will thrive on your desktop, even if you’re not lucky enough to have a window seat.
Some cubicle friendly plants to consider:
- English Ivy
- Asparagus Fern
- Jade Plant
- Snake Plant
*Before you hit up your local nursery, make sure you check with your coworkers. Be considerate of allergies!
Do you collect vintage troll dolls?
Maybe you have a penchant for poker chips from Las Vegas casinos.
Whatever strikes your fancy, use it to liven up your desk and express your unique personality.
High Tech Accessories
Your decorations don’t have to be purely visual. Tech accessories are functional, personal, and most importantly, cool.
Noise cancelling headphones are practically necessary if you’re seated too near chatty coworkers.
Flash drives, speakers, and even your keyboard can be as decorative as they are useful – not to mention the advantage of ergonomic designs.
Which brings us to our next suggestion:
Health and Wellness Customizations
Any long time office worker can tell you what a difference it makes to have a comfortable chair.
Sitting too much is detrimental to your health and wellbeing, so while you’re tricking out your work space, check out healthy options like seat cushions, stationary bike pedals, and maybe even a yoga ball to replace your standard office chair.
The Office Mascot
If you work in an office with weekday and weekend staff, you might be able to arrange to have an office pet.
A desktop aquarium is relaxing, and your coworkers will probably love pitching in to help feed your little workplace mascot.
You might not work in a fish-friendly environment, and that’s okay.
There are some very cool faux aquariums that are almost as good as the real thing. You can even find light up jellyfish!
Your Secret Stash
The coffee that most companies give away for free could almost be considered cruel and unusual punishment.
Keep your cubicle your happy place by stashing instant cappuccino packets, flavored coffee creamer, and non-perishable snacks in one of your drawers.
Not only will you always have a tasty treat to serve as a pick-me-up during your afternoon slump – you’ll probably make friends with your coworkers, too.
Standard issue sticky notes and pens are so boring.
Sure, they serve their purpose, but sometimes, you just need a little brightness in your day.
Invest in a novelty scratch pad, a rhinestone tape dispenser, or a set of 90s style gel pens with glow-in-the-dark ink.
Or, if you’re more of the classic type, you might get yourself a set of hand stamped stationery with your personal monogram, and try your hand with a fountain pen and ink.
Mix it up, and have fun!
Most people have photos of loved ones or happy memories on their cubicle walls or framed beside their computer monitors, but why not get a little more creative?
Goof around and take a set of old-timey photos with your best friends.
Take a walk with someone you love and practice your own photography skills.
If you’re really creative, you can even try your hand at Photoshop to create fantasy landscapes and magnificent creatures. Wouldn’t it be neat to have a “photo” of your brother riding a unicorn in outer space?
Time for Reflection
Posting a mirror behind your computer monitor helps lift your spirits – and it also helps you see when your boss is trying to sneak up on you.
Studies have shown that coworkers and clients are more polite when they can see themselves in a mirror.
With a clever frame or a custom shape, a small mirror adds a little style and sophistication to your desk.
Plus, you’ll always know if there’s something in your teeth.
So, what’s on your desk?