Sprucing Up Your Workspace

In a recent post I wrote about how to outfit your home office in order to make it more effective for you when you…work from home.  Well, how do you bring a bit of home, into your work office?  Well, careerealism.com has a few suggestions but they do start off with the following:

“On the one hand, the space is not your own in that it belongs to your employer and you likely share it with other employees. But on the other hand, since you spend most of the day in your designated office or cubicle, you want to put your own stamp on it.”

Their suggestions are:

* Bring in some pops of color.  It will brighten the space up and make it feel like you had a choice in how your space looks.  It doesn’t mean you have to request that your walls be painted red, as I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t fly, but bring in a rug, or get wildly colored files or tack boards.  Think outside the beige colored box!

* Get something up on your walls besides post its and reminders about all the work that has to get done.  Put up a mirror, or a clock (although that may be constant reminder of the fact that it’s not 5 o’clock yet…), or a pretty picture of the beach.

* Bring in some…shrubbery. 🙂  Spruce up your space, well I don’t want to say “with spruce” but you get the drift.  Bring in a plant.  It will make the space a bit prettier, there’s nothing more enjoyable than flowers on an orchid.

And lastly, the article talks about the home office.

So, what techniques will you use to spruce up your office space?

P.S. Thank you to my one time manager for sharing this article with me!


Think Spring

For those of us in New England…we have had one doozie of a winter.  We’ve definitelly had our fair share of snow, but it’s also been INCREDIBLY cold!  So cold, that our weather folks call for a “nice day out” when temps reach the low 20’s!

So…I’m going to think spring, and that means spring outfits.  Here are a few office friendly spring outfits you can wear to work.

Spring florals   "Spring Office Fashion" by angielosek on Polyvore   . .. .working casual...   Burberry - Spring 2014 | Fashion   STYLE IT #CAbi can make this happen!  Spring Cropped Bree Jean, Perfect Tee and the cozy Shrunken Peacoat.  ADORABLE :)   Style I like this for spring style as an alternative to white, and the nature vs black thing is cool   The Classy Cubicle: HM Online Launch! The fashion blog for young professional women who need office style inspiration and work wear ideas for the corporate world and beyond.  The dos and don'ts for appropriately suiting up as a female in corporate America. 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, attire, outfits, hm, peplum, purple, essie.   DKNY Fall 2013 ♥✤ | Keep the Glamour | BeStayBeautiful   Spring / summer - work outfit - business casual - flare pale blue pants + white blouse + brown accessories - very 70s!   The Classy Cubicle : Stripes on Stripes  The fashion blog for young professional women who need office style inspiration and work wear ideas for the corporate world. J. Crew, Tahari, Calvin Klein, Cuff Bracelet, Coral Necklace, Navy and White Stripes, Spring Fashion   White blouse, green trousers and messy bun. Gorge.

These inspirations come from Pinterest by typing in “spring office fashion.”

Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, readers!

Stay warm, New England!


Words of Wisdom

Recently I blogged, in my Working Mom section, about some words of wisdom that one father wanted to pass along to his 3-year-old.  This was shared in a  great article titled  12 Things I Want to Teach My Toddler About Work.

In the mommy portion of my blog I picked out the pieces of wisdom I felt were most applicable in both work and life.  In this section, I’d like to highlight the pieces of wisdom I feel like should be considered when in a work environment.

See ‘boring’ as a springboard to success. –> Often times I feel like people give up to easy when work gets “boring” and decide to move on to the next thing.  Why not see how you can improve that “boring” task not only so you enjoy doing it but also by improving the overall process?

Celebrate your achievements, then move on. –> You succeeded in something?  Awesome! Congratulations! Now what?  Don’t dwell on the past; good, bad, or indifferent.  Celebrate, or mourn, and move on to the next conquest!

Take responsibility for outcomes. –> Good or bad, there will be an outcome.  In my opinion, it’s wise to be humble in your successes and own up to your failures as that shows that you are always open to learning from every situation.

What words of wisdom do you want to share?

4 Years and Counting!

Thank you to all those that every once in a while check out my blog.  I can’t believe that it’s been 4 years since I started blogging.  It’s brought me a lot more than just a place to dump my thoughts, so thank you for all the comments and encouragement.  I hope the things I share have given you some things to think about and consider.

Speaking of thoughts, I’ve been searching for a good business quote that I want to align myself with and I think I’ve found one:

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lucius was  a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature.
What quote do you find inspirational?