Ok it’s the Monday after the Superbowl & yes, what a game! So you stayed up late, drank a few beers, ate too many nachos (that’s me), and now Monday slaps you in the face and welcomes you back to the reality of adult world…boo!
But fear not, I have some tips for tackling any Monday or any day that ‘adulting’ plagues you and you just don’t’ quite feel up for the challenge! It’s a tiny home makeover edition, but I am no designer and no HGTV miracle worker, so don’t have high expectations!
So over the weekend I spent some time creating a small little workspace for myself. I had been bouncing between kitchen bar, dining table, and my couch as suitable work spaces – like a dog turning round and round trying to find the perfect, comfortable position. My paperwork was strewn about any free surface in our house, and my computer and phone chargers found new outlets daily, which then sent me on a search multiple times a day to guess the outlet I last used! I then thought, “enough is enough, I need a workspace”! My husband has his home office, my kids have endless play areas, but I was a roaming nomad in my own home hoarding space in just about every room, filling it with papers, magazines, more papers, etc. I was a walking clutter creator and it had to end.
TRUE CONFESSION: I was so disorganized I lost a check for $100 – completely vanished, most likely ended up in the trash or one of my children has it stashed away somewhere, and I’ll find it in a year after it’s long null and void. When you lose $100, things have to change, right?!
Now creating a workspace and then actually using said workspace are two different things. That’s why I decided that in order for me to actually want to sit down and use my workspace it needed to motivate me, it needed to make me feel good, it needed to have subtle reminders of why I sit down to work on my books, answer emails, pay bills, calendar plan, etc. So with an order to Wayfair, a quick little Target shopping trip, a free printable search on Pinterest, and a couple hours going through my papers and organizing my files I finally finished my space.
So here are my tips. These are of course opinion based, so take what you will. A couple things important to me for motivation and a healthy workspace include the following:
Cheesy motivational quotes. I don’t care that they are cheesy; they are meaningful. You have to pick ones that you like and ones that will actually motivate you. Especially when on a Monday you have to sit down and do grown up things. I really loved this little clipboard frame I found at Target because I can change out my motivational selection at any time. I started with this free printable, “She believed she could, so she did” because what girl doesn’t love this quote?! It’s whimsical, it’s clearly motivational, and is especially uplifting when you feel a little defeated. So find what works for you and add it to your workspace!
Fresh flowers. Now I know this is not always an economical choice, but for me there is something about flowers and greenery, and something alive at my workspace that makes me feel good. This isn’t the time to get the most expensive bouquet at the grocery store. This is the perfect set up for buying the filler flowers or the greenery. I use a little jam jar and it makes for a small sweet touch to my desk area. If you’re a plant person then a nice small plant is another great option!
Candle. I found double duty in this item because my candle has another little motivational quote on it (thank you Target). This for me is a perfect option, especially for those days that are tough and I need an extra dose of motivation! I also love to have candles because a favorite scent can be a good pick me up if you get in an adulting slump and just cringe at the thought of paying yet another bill or resetting another password because you’ve somehow forgotten it again (this unfortunately happens to me all too often). A calming lavender scent or re-energizing citrus smell can really do wonders. If you don’t believe me, give it a try!
The essentials. Pencils, pens, office supplies, paper holder, notepad and so forth. These are the basics to any workspace, but they don’t have to be boring. If there’s anything I’ve learned from Fixer Upper or other HGTV shows I’m obsessed with, it’s all in the details. So use your favorite mug as a pencil holder, small glass jars are good for storage, and make sure things are visible. My paper holder is wired so I can see what’s there at any given time and that way things don’t disappear out of sight (and out of mind). Again, you all know how I love Target, so finding cute office supplies and a trinket dish made my new workspace feel personal to me.
Kid stuff/family/friend things. I use a lot of calendars, and even at my desk alone I have a whiteboard calendar, my Google calendar, and then a lovely handmade calendar made by my daughter Ava (it’s my favorite one). Looking at the calendar she made me makes me smile, and it’s so special and one of a kind. I think it’s important to have things like this at your workspace if you have kids. If you don’t have kids who make wonderful little art pieces or school projects, but you have a special someone in your life, or good family/friends - have reminders of them at your desk. A picture, a note or card from them, or something that reminds you of someone special can be a nice touch to any workspace. It’s easy to get stuck in the weeds of your adult life and get overwhelmed by responsibilities. Having reminders of the people you love in your life at your workspace I think can lead to moments of pause and calm when maybe your work overwhelms you.
*Now I’m still working on adding these to my space. I have some family pictures to frame and add to the wall, but my homemade calendar is perfect for now.
So if you’re moving a little slow today and trying to get in the mood for a work week – whether you work at a paying job or you work in the home, I hope you find a way to motivate yourself to keep after your goals, to keep on ‘adulting’, and to have a happy, enjoyable workspace. I’ve enjoyed writing this blog post in my new area & I hope I’ve offered a little motivation for your Monday!
Now I'm grabbing my Girl Boss bag & off to the gym!
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& P.S. Happy Birthday to my awesome Dad today!! xoxo
**I am not paid by any of the following stores, but if you are looking for some of the items you see, here's where I purchased them from:
Lamp, candle, trinket tray, stapler, thumbtacks/paper clips in jar, file folders, clipboard frame, wire paper holder, whiteboard: Target