I read an article the other day on how to work happier. I disagreed with it so much I thought I should write my own blog post.
So here are my ideas. Feel free to disagree, toss them all out, or add to them. If you have some ideas of your own, I’d love to hear them. I’m always trying to make my day more productive.
1. A neat workplace.
While I was in the corporate world, I had to clean my desk every night. Because I worked in banking, it was especially necessary to lock away anything rather than leave it on my desk. When I started working at home, I let that rule slide a little bit. Now that I’ve reestablished it, I found that it’s refreshing to come into my office first thing in the morning and find the desktop clean.
2. Exposure to natural daylight.
This has always been important to me. Granted, I don’t sit in front of a window now with my new desk, but I can see out of the window just by tilting my head a little.
3. Pet dogs in the workplace.
Do I need to say more? Sometimes, the feel of a nice furry body on your feet is a good thing. Sometimes, hearing a nice furry dog barking like mad is not so great.
I’m one of these people who has to allow my mind to be the loudest thing in my work environment. When I was in the corporate world, the constant chatter of people in nearby cubbies would drive me bonkers. Now, all I have is the wind (and Sir Barksalot).
This is another component I hadn’t realized I needed. I need something that’s attractive around me, not all wires and computers. Right now I have the desk wind chime that was a gift from my son for Christmas, the bonsai plant I love, and a Tibetan prayer bowl as well as my beautiful new desk. All pretty things that enliven my day.
How about you? What would you add?