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Find Inspiration Anywhere: Office Edition

Updated June 1, 2018 . AmFam Team

Pursuing your dreams doesn’t have to be an after-hours activity. Utilize these tips to keep your dreams in motion even while you’re at your day job.

5 tips for turning your office into a space for dreaming.

Unless you’ve landed your dream job (if so, congrats!), chances are your office isn’t the first place you think of when it comes to pursuing your dream. But does it have to be that way?

Odds are you’re probably sitting at your desk or in your cubicle for a big chunk of every day. So why not make the best of it? With positivity, inspiration and fun, your office doesn’t have to be the place your dreams are put on hold.

Check out these 5 tips for turning your office into a place that supports your dream pursuit and enhances your lifestyle!

Create Your Space. First task — make your office a place that’s visually appealing to you. Whether you have a desk, cubicle or entire office at your disposal, make the most of it! Fill it with items that inspire you, reminders of your loved ones, items that cheer you up — anything that gives off good vibes. After all, you’re there 8 hours a day, why not make it a space that represents your unique interests?

Consume Inspiration. Kick-off your day with a little bit of dream inspiration. Whether that’s subscribing to e-newsletters that pertain to your dream or checking out a new post from your favorite blogger, signing up for inspiring content with your work email is an easy way to make sure you’re starting the day off right.

Put It Front and Center. Saving up for a trip? Print out pictures and hang them around your desk so you’ve got a constant reminder of what you’re working towards. Trying to master a new language? Tack up conjugation tables and rotate them out each week as you master them. There are tons of innovative ways to keep your dream pursuit top of mind every day — just take the time to inspire yourself!

Lunch and Learn. Instead of eating lunch hunched over your desk, dedicate your lunch break to working towards your dream. Tackling small tasks like budgeting your finances, reading a chapter of a book, doing research or sneaking in a brief workout can make a huge impact over time — as long as you stick to it. It’s a perfect and easy way to commit to working towards your dream every day, without taking precious extra time out of your work schedule to do it.

Take Breaks. Remember the phrase: “We work to live, not live to work.” Write it down, put it in your phone, memorize it — whatever you have to do. Taking breaks throughout the day is not the end of the world. In fact, it’s healthy! Get outside, take a walk around the building, chat with a coworker even if it’s just for a few minutes. And take your vacation days — ALL of them. More times than not, you’ll come back with the renewed inspiration and energy to tackle your day-to-day like never before! 

No matter how demanding your work schedule gets, it’s never a good idea to push your dreams aside. With the right mindset, drive and support, your goals are more obtainable than you think! Use these tips to make work a place of inspiration and inch closer to your dream every day. You’ll be surprised at the progress you make!

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