You sit at your desk ALL day. Well, hopefully not. Hopefully you get up to go to the bathroom, take a break, step outside for lunch, fill your water bottle, etc. But, for the most part, we occupy the same space for most of our workday. Your desk can and should be your own little sanctuary, a place that is uniquely yours and has personal touches that bring you joy.
The start of a new year is a perfect time to create new habits or make some changes that improve your overall health and well-being throughout the year. Try one or two of these refreshing strategies and let us know how it changes your work life!
5 Ways to Refresh Your Workspace
Now is the perfect time to get rid of old files from last year, random papers collecting dust on your desk, or that drawer that just keeps filling up with stuff. Spend an hour on a slow day going thru your space and purging and/or organizing things that you don’t need daily. This can help you stay on task throughout the day and find things you do need more easily.
After tidying up your physical space, turn to your computer. Is your entire desktop covered in files? Put those in folders. Large files slowing your computer down? Consider uploading them to an online storage and delete them from your hard drive. There’s a reason Marie Kondo’s book is so popular…tidy up!
I know this seems like a boring one, but trust us, you don’t want to even know what dust particles consist of. It’s pretty gross. While we’ll spare you the details, just know that dusting your space (or not dusting it) can drastically impact your health and well-being (think allergies, air quality, mental clarity). Ideally, this should happen once per week. There are some great options for all-natural dusting sprays out there, invest in one!
Add some color
We love being creative with our area by adding pops of color. One easy and incredibly beneficial element is putting some live plants on your desk. A succulent in a colorful pot is our go-to! Other ideas: find a fun bookend to hold up files or add a couple of hand-painted frames with pictures of loved ones.
We’re all about reducing waste, plastic use, and recycling year-round. But, set an intention this year to be more conscious of the environment at work. We bring our own travel mugs to the coffee shop each morning, transport all our workday snacks in stashers vs plastic baggies, and use silverware instead of plastic utensils at lunch.
Commit to buying a reusable water bottle (glass or steel, of course) and remember to bring it with you. Fun fact for all the La Croix drinkers: recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a laptop for 3 hours.
We all get the munchies at work. Whether it’s because we’re bored, skipped breakfast, or just need an afternoon pick-me-up, we all find ourselves reaching for something to nosh on throughout the day. Be proactive and create a little (healthy) snack drawer. Fill your stashers with homemade trail mix (raw nuts, dried coconut, and dark chocolate), a variety of protein bars, or sliced apples and veggies. The stashers help us practice our sustainability while keeping food fresh and our desk organized. So much yes!
Considering we spend more time at work than we do at home, why don’t we put more effort into making our time there more enjoyable? We clean our homes, we decorate, we nourish our bodies. Work should be no different! We hope these ideas pique your interest and encourage you to consider how your workspace affects your health. Cheers!