Workplace Optimization Isn't the Answer
Updated: Aug 13, 2018
Having trouble focusing at work?
Feeling less inspired than desired?
Thinking about jumping out the window?
You need workplace optimization! By boosting the vibes in the environment around you, you can literally change who you are as a worker. A plant in the corner can make you care about hitting those KPIs. An inspirational poster with pink print saying, “Get it, girl!” will, in fact, help you get it, girl.
So don’t worry about it: You haven’t succeeded in your chosen field because your office sucks. Your desk isn’t inspiring. The coffee isn’t organic. And there are no adorable notebooks up for grabs. So on and so on.
It’s not your fault. In fact, it has nothing to do with you.
Sounds a little ridiculous, no? I mean, there are whole industries geared towards how we as humans can be better workers simply by changing our surroundings…and at the sake of ruining the sass in this post, I can’t deny there is legit science behind most of it. I mean, it’s true:
Your working environment matters and can either hinder or help your productivity.
But. That’s. Not. All.
Whatever could I mean by that, you ask? Well, I mean that while modifying a few things in your workspace can help boost your creativity and follow-through, you shouldn’t be solely relying on that—ESPECIALLY AS A CREATIVE PERSON.
If you’re driven and passionate about what you're working on, it honestly doesn’t matter where you are or what tools you have.
You will find a way to create that which needs to be created. You will find inspiration in the weirdest of places.
You will follow through without the need of external motivation.
Likewise, if you're drained and dragging on a project that you whole-heartedly couldn’t care less about (besides getting paid to complete it), it won't matter if where you're working has been optimized. If it’s not in you to do this, it’s just. not. in. you. Sure, you can push through it, but it won’t be your best work. Not by a long shot.
Don’t kid yourself. Don’t think that you need to spend a ton of money on material things before you see success. Don’t assume coloured notebooks can change a project’s path. Don't assume putting plants on your desk will suddenly change your work ethic. Your passion. Your purpose.
And certainly don't fall into the trap of waiting to start something—like your next business venture—until you have certain material items. If you have the idea, mixed with a decent dose of drive, you're good. Go. Do.