Like most everyone I suppose, I would love to make breakfast at home and casually eat at my desk before I started working. But alas, this is not possible for me right now. Instead, I have a fun position working with great people and that means going to an office every day for eight hours.
A few months back, I was moved from the cubicle area to a shared office and it may have been the best thing that happened to me at work. And then yesterday, as I sat at my desk somewhere around hour-5, I realized that I have been so much happier at my day job lately. I thought I would share why for those of you looking for a little day-job happiness…
My (day-job) office as a blogger and photo stylist.
I recently got a better chair (although ANYTHING is better than the standard office chair I had before). Make sure you’re comfortable, such an important element for a good office.
I bring a really good pair of headphones with me which I use for podcasts and music. Mine are good enough that I can’t hear much else when they’re on and whatever I’m listening too sounds great. I’m sure most of you are more social than I am, but I enjoy zoning out in front of my computer and luckily, my job description allows me to do just that.
I brought a small pillow to the office for a little style. When I walk in each morning, I like to see some of my personality in an otherwise sterile office. It’s just a tiny element of design, along with my DIY garland (for a photo shoot) and a few pieces of artwork, but it all makes me feel better while I’m there. I can’t imagine spending too much money on my day-job office, but little details can go a long way, I’ve learned… (My pillow is from West Elm and no longer sold – but if you want to invest in a great pillow, head to Ferm Living!)
The most important thing I did to enjoy the work-day more…. I bought a coffee press for the office! If you like coffee the way I do, don’t rely on the office brew, it will destroy you. If you’re not a coffee lover, then just figure out a way to bring the beverages and snacks you love to the office. It also doesn’t hurt that I drink my coffee from a cool Society6 mug . (My “Death Before Decaf” mug is no longer sold but the same shop, K IS FOR BLACK has other cool mugs.)
Crappy photo credit: My own