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.
It will be a nice change of pace to talk with a co-worker. 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. Integrate yourself within a group of co-workers to talk, go to trivia once a week or check out a local restaurant for happy hour appetizers!
2.- Be clever when using your breaks
If you have some time off, don’t spend the time in the same spot every day. Take a little walk around the office, say hello to the people on the hallways, sit on the breakroom and read a small article. Do anything you need to do, to take away the stress from your shoulders. Take a breath of fresh air and clear your mind before to go back to your space.
3.-Decorate, Decorate, Decorate!
This is perhaps the most important tip of all! Nobody wants to look at gray walls for 8 hours a day. Make your cubicle fun and exciting! Get something to personalize it; like ordinary office supplies, maybe add some stickers, put pictures or quotes around, and… you just created something that nobody else has!
In the long run, personalizing your cubicle costs virtually nothing, it´s super easy, and will make you happier at work.
To keep up energized at work, nothing is worse than having tons of paperwork piled up in your cubicle. If you keep a clean space, it will make your time more enjoyable.
5.-Add Some Plants
Put a small plant in your cubicle; and find out first hand, why the notion that nature promotes positivity is true. No joke! Want proof? In an eight-month study conducted by Texas A&M University, researchers found that plant life had an observable, positive impact on workplace productivity. Among other results; the study showed that “problem-solving skills, idea generation, and creative performance, improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.” The lesson? Again, put a plant in your cubicle!
Studies show that there are a number of benefits to laughter in the workplace:
- Laughter increases productivity
- Those who laugh have better memory retention
- Those who laugh experience less stress
- Laughter is a major coping mechanism
- Those who laugh together may work more effectively together
It pays to keep in mind how important it is to laugh on the job; so long as it doesn’t interfere with your task at hand. Try to have a good laugh from time to time at work, especially with co-workers.
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!