Workspace Photo Perspectives
What does your workspace look like? They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, here’s a challenge:
Take a picture of your office workspace.
What does it tell you? About yourself? About your company? What are you communicating to the rest of the world? Does it align with what you want? Does it align with who you are?
Sometimes it’s hard to step back and look at the bigger picture. This is a fun little exercise that forces you to look at things from an outsider’s perspective. Not only can this help you see what you’re doing well, but it can also help you improve things that you may not have noticed before. For example, if your workspace is lacking the personality that you have, spice it up! It doesn’t just have to be your provisioned equipment sitting on your desk. A small potted cactus never hurt anyone (well…maybe) or bring in that Star Wars mug you love so much to make your space more enjoyable. Your environment, where you spend the most of your time, can have a big impact on your productivity and happiness, even when you don’t realize it. Don’t be afraid to personalize your workspace and make it your own. When your environment reflects you, you’ll be happier.
I tried this exercise out myself…
Some things I noticed about my own workspace:
1. I have great natural lighting which for me, is stimulating.
2. The open concept is inviting and is a layout I thrive in.
3. I could better utilize the space beneath my desk.
4. I really enjoy the Christmas lights that are hung up, it makes the environment more fun for me.
5. I could probably spend less money on Starbucks… But will I?
6. I never really noticed that heat lamp before.
Just these six things alone tell me that I am communicating an open, creative atmosphere that aligns with both my personality and the company culture. A good environment for me to thrive in. It also told me that maybe I’ll feel more organized if I better utilize the space beneath my desk. This will leave more room for me to add a little more creative decor (I’ll go buy that cactus tomorrow). Also I should move that heat lamp that partially blocks my view of the common area. That might make me feel less cluttered in my small space. This exercise can be especially helpful if you’re feeling a little stir-crazy at your desk. Sometimes a little reorganization can make you feel more settled and at home. Better yet, you can try this exercise out at home too. Do whatever works for you. Not everyone will enjoy a cactus or a Star Wars mug. If you thrive in an environment with little distractions, look for that in your picture. Just remember to be mindful if you’re in a communal workspace like I am. Don’t let your feng shui spill over to your neighbor’s desk!
Have fun looking through the lens!