Own your workspace

You’ve definitely heard this before but there is no harm in repeating it anyway. We spend the biggest percentage of our time at the work place. And yet, many of us saunter in and out of our offices every day without thinking about how the office space affects our mood or productivity. We channel our entire creativeness towards creating beautiful spaces at home ignoring the space where we spend the majority of time. According to Henry Nsubuga, the head of counseling and guidance at Makerere University, people who have control over their workspace are happier and productive. Now that you know, here are some suggestions to help you embark on the journey of personalising your work space. But, before we begin, remember everyone is unique,so you can be as imaginative as possible. Also be sure to consult your supervisor about the freedom you have to effect the changes.

Surround yourself with beautiful memories

I know of someone whose office is adorned with pictures of her and her family on different vacations. She often says that the pictures serve as a reminder of the fruits of her hard work. For others such beautiful memories are a source of solace during a tough day at work. It could be a picture from your wedding day, a drawing that your son did in school or a family portrait that will make your office a beautiful space to live in.

The healthy snack bowl

An attractive snack bowl will not only serve as a perfect ornament for your desk but it will also be a wonderful reminder that breaks are always important and help productivity. Consider healthy snacks like mixed nuts and dry fruits to keep you bursting with energy. If you are the kind who is likely to receive many visitors, a bowl of candy is a good addition to your work space.

Get rid of the mess

A bad day at work begins when you to have to put all things aside just to find a pen. It gets worse when you spend hours moving piles around and searching through drawers for a client’s business card. Simply put, personalising your space begins with getting rid of all the clutter around your office. Use a less busy day or weekend to weed out your filing cabinets to make room for all those piles on your desk. Once the office is decluttered, you will enjoy spending time there and you will be more productive.


Along with personalising your space and improving your daily mood, live plants remove pollutants from the air, including carbon dioxide, and release oxygen into your cubicle. Consider small potted plants that are not likely to interfere with the entire office environment. Nobody wants to bump into a gigantic plant on their way to the bathroom.


Create your own petite world by choosing accessories to display your personality. Think of a vase, a globe or framed inspirational quotes from the holy books or authors. You can also go an extra mile to bring a rug to mark your office territory.

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