Creative minds tend to put themselves into creative job roles in companies that they are inspired by or believe in. However, unless you work for a company which puts a lot of effort into its interior design, your office and desk space can feel very dull. Even the most beautiful location or building doesn’t mean your actual desk is very exciting.
If like me you work in an office, you’ll spend around 40 hours per week sitting at your desk, one way to make this sound less terrifying is by injecting a little personality.
Keep it visual
Why not add some images which inspire you or make you feel good to your desk? Whether it’s colourful patterns, photographs or graphics, shops like Paperchase have hundreds of post cards and cards with beautiful pictures on. I could never tire of looking at travel photos (I work in travel), but I also love art, especially abstract paintings, having one of these on my desk adds a bit of variation to my day. Gather a few pictures you like and stick them on your old grey in-trey, the next time you glance up for a bit of respite you’ll be greeted with some creativity from people you admire.
What do YOU like?
Your desk shouldn’t just be littered with industry magazines, and promotional crap you feel bad throwing away, you could also use it for the magazines and books that genuinely interest you, even better if they are image led. Not only does it offer a break from the same-old content, but it shows your team mates your personality. Yeah, you’re uber profesh at work, but there’s way more to you after 6pm, you can offer a little insight by sharing your interests visually.
Leave your desk
I know, it sounds a bit simplistic, but bear with me. Taking some time out of your day to move around can change your mood and morale more than anything else on this list. I’ve lost count of the amount of times an idea has come to me when I am making a coffee. You might think the most effective colleagues are the ones stuffing a sandwich in their mouth at their desk and skipping lunch, but they’re not. When you’re busy getting through emails and making deadlines you aren’t allowing yourself time to think. As a creative person your concentration levels fluctuate, take a short walk once a day and see whether you find yourself coming up with better ideas.
Whenever I am feeling inspired, or uninspired for that matter, I head to Pinterest, the thousands of constant ideas are enough to make my mind buzz with new possibilities. But I also use Pinterest for the perfect quote, why not find a motivational quote and put it on your desk? If you already have a mantra you live by, or a specific quote you want, you can design it yourself on a simple graphics tool like Canva.
What do you do to stay inspired at work? Let me know in the comments below.