A place that inspires, your work desk, is your energy zone where creativity and productivity cohabit. But keeping the same levels of motivation day after day, at least 8 hours a day isn’t always possible.
What we all expect from our workplaces is an inspiring work culture that is conducive to maximizing our work productivity and encourages us to achieve more. Ever wondered how you can keep yourself motivated all day long?
You can consider using Zen, the Buddhist philosophy, to stay mentally and physically agile during your work hours. Through meditation, intuition, and tranquillity you can live less automatically and more mindfully. Here are a few ways you can make your work desk and office space more inspiring:
Maybe you like deep philosophical thoughts or prefer an element of humor, in either case, motivational prints work. Find the one message that you need to tell yourself and let it occupy a spot within your vision. Besides inspiring, a well-designed print is also aesthetically pleasing.
The benefits of water go beyond drinking 6-8 glasses a day. The gentle murmur of running water soothes the mind and has been shown to reduce stress. Have a water body on your desk or meeting rooms to create a peaceful work environment.
Instead of reaching for a cup of your regular tea, why not switch to herbal teas? Besides having a calming effect, some of the teas also work as muscle relaxants and reduce irritability. You can try peppermint, chamomile, green or passionflower teas, depending on your taste preferences.
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Hundreds of years ago, Buddhists monks used massive sand gardens to achieve tranquillity. You can get the same effect by putting together a small desk garden using tropical bamboos, flowering pots, pebbles and kinetic sand. Trace patterns, rearrange the pebbles and mold it into shapes to relax your mind. You can buy such gardens online or create your own.
If your job involves sitting all day long, practice some basic yoga poses to release built-up tension. Sit straight, relax your shoulders and keep your neck in line with your spine. Every 20 minutes look away from the computer screen and gaze at something at least 20 feet away. Look outside the window if possible.
Tai Chi, Anyone?
Tai Chi is a Chinese ‘internal martial art’ that emphasizes health, form, and meditation. Learn and regularly practice this self-defence form to relax your body and relieve stress. Due to its gentle, slow motions, Tai Chi is also called ‘meditation in motion’.
Do not underestimate the power of aromatherapy. The extracted fragrance of flowers, bark, stems, leaves, and roots of specific plants is known to stimulate the mind and is considered to be a form of alternative medicine. Use drops of essential oils or keep a bowl of potpourri on your desk.
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How do you keep yourself inspired at work? Share in the comments section.