The great thing about a design career is that it’s not a pencil-pushing desk job. But if that’s really the case, why do so many of us treat it like one? If your one of those guys – or gals – whose dream job has started feeling a bit more like work than it should, then stop complaining and start smiling:
“Deskorations” add character and positive energy to your work environment – it can also foster extreme creativity. In fact, some of the most innovative companies on earth – think Google and Pixar – have the coolest offices in the universe for this very reason. So try surrounding yourself with those things that amuse and inspire you. If you happen to work for a less-than-rad company, however, the scope of your interior design efforts will be limited. But even so, something as simple as a bobble head can go a long way toward turning “Soviet sweatshop” into “personal paradise.”
No matter how much you deskorate, there will always be days when your collection of Spongebob figurines just won’t do the trick. Doing the same old job, in the same old chair, in the same old office day after day can get really old, really fast. So if you find yourself in a rut, think about working off-site – if you’re able to, that is. A new environment can do wonders for your attitude, and can tear down any creative barriers you might have. If working off-site isn’t an option, try working off-site on-site – i.e. taking a pad of paper and a pen to the lobby or break room, just to change things up.
Scientific research shows that people are happier when they engage in physical activities, because of some wizardry called “endorphins.” Try walking or jogging during your lunch break to get the blood pumping, or just get up every now and then to stretch your legs. You could also get up early and hit the gym before work if you’re feeling hardcore, but any old exercise will do, and it will help your body/mind/spirit trifecta feel healthier.
Life after work
Yes, there is life after work, and when that life isn’t going so well, it can carry over to your job. If your after hours seem just as mundane as when you’re clocked in, try filling your spare time with something new and interesting. Take a class, work on a personal project or just simply spend your time with the people you care about most. The key here is to fill your non-work life with enough positive changes – and sleep – to help you tackle the next day with ease.
What types of things do you do to stay happy and on top of your game?