How much time do you spend at work? Chances are, you spend more waking hours in your office than in any other room save the bedroom—so it’s important to make your office a space where you want to hang out. Regardless of what you’ve been told, it is possible to mix work and pleasure. We’ll show you some ways to make your office more enjoyable.
What Attracts You?
Take a moment to consider those offices that you find attractive. Are they colorful? Do they inspire creativity? Office design is about more than just arranging furniture and computers to ensure an efficient work space. It’s about combining all the elements of your work space into an arrangement that draws you in. If you’re a nature person, bring in some plants. If you like organization, look up what other people are doing. More filing cabinets may not be the solution. You could even bring in a swing!
What Makes You Happy?
You know best what you enjoy in life. You might be lucky enough to be following your bliss in your job. If not, add in pieces of those activities and pastimes that don’t feel like work to you. If you love to read, bring in a beanbag and a handful of your favorite books to peruse during break time. If you like to cook, organize a weekly or monthly potluck. If you like bowling, build a lane!
What Gets Your Heart Pumping?
Remember when you were a kid, when you imagined a future filled with excitement? Have you lost your passion? While you may not be able to go to the extremes you once imagined, you can still bring some passion into the workplace. If you like giving back to the community, organize a way for your co-workers to give back. You could even organize a toy drive. If you like exploring, frame a few maps of parts of the world you’d like to visit. If nothing else, you could build a ball pit to jump around in and let yourself be a kid again!
There you have it—a few ideas on how to make your office less about work and more about play. What appeals to you?