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10 Motivational Workplace Items to Brighten Your Day at the Office

10 Motivational Workplace Items to Brighten Your Day at the Office

It’s nearly impossible to feel motivated at work all the time. Sitting down at your desk after lunch can seem like one of the most challenging parts of the day. You’ve worked hard all morning, your belly is full, and now you’re tired. Maybe you feel the pressure of a deadline looming over you, and instead of knocking out the work, you can’t bring yourself to start it.

Motivational challenges become even greater when you don’t particularly enjoy your job, or when you’re tasked to do something you dislike. You can be the most energetic person in the world, but when faced with work that makes you unhappy, your energy level will plummet.

Changing your environment can increase your energy

If you’re the person dragging yourself from project to project without any enthusiasm, it may be worthwhile to look at your environment. Is your work-space dirty or disorganized? An office space that looks bad, smells bad, or makes you feel uncomfortable and unwelcome could be contributing to your lack of energy.

Our environment can serve as a reflection on us, but it can also influence our mindset. Research has shown that creating a positive and motivating work station can contribute to our success, while working in cluttered and unwelcoming environments can keep us down. UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families did a study that proved that clutter affected stress levels, mood, and self esteem. [1]

Artwork can also impact your effectiveness. Surrounding yourself with creative works inspires more creativity. Warm scenes can be comforting to you. A survey suggested that 83% of employees found that artwork was an important part of the work environment.[2]

Keeping objects that inspire comfort and happiness improve your motivation and productivity.[3] The average workday takes up at least 1/3 of your time. It makes sense that making your workstation inviting and filling it with messages of encouragement will improve your mood and your work.

10 Items to bolster your motivation at work

Here at Lifehack, we’ve tracked down ten items that would make great additions to your office. These practical goodies harness the power of language to brighten your environment, inspire you, or make you laugh. Happy, motivated, and passionate workers are more productive, and they have more fun too.

1. Inspirational Pen Set

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    You can never have too many pens, but these inspirational pens by Sweet Water Decor add a splash of color and positivity to your day. You won’t have to look far to get motivated.

    Inspirational pens by Sweet Water Decor $18.00

    2. Ban.do design Compliment Postcard Book

      Frame these compliment postcards to display around your work space, or use them to send positive vibes to your coworkers.

      Compliment Postcard book by Ban.do Design $10.00

      3. 30 Day Challenge Notepad

        Sometimes we just need a little reminder to savor the good things and live life to the fullest. Remind yourself by taking the 30-day challenge. Each sheet contains a simple phrase that you can use to set the right tone for your day.

        30-Day Challenge Notepad by Urban Outfitters $12.00

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        4. New Look Dream Big Pin Board with Cloud Pegs

          This pin board is fun and functional. Use it as a vision board, or tack up photos and quotes that make you happy.

          New Look Dream Big Pin Board with Cloud Pegs by ASOS $21.00

          5. The Monster Mug of Motivation

            Add some quirky and cute monsters to your coffee break. With monsters encouraging you with sayings like, “Keep doing the thing,” it’ll be hard not to smile and keep moving forward.

            The Monster Mug of Motivation by Katie Abey Design $13.85

            6. You Got This Motivation Book

              Take a look at this book when you need a confidence boost, or select a favorite quote to motivate you throughout your day.

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              You Got This Motivation Book by ASOS $11.50

              7. Knock Knock Today’s Plan of Attack Great Big Stickies

                Add a little humor to the task of prioritizing your work. These giant sticky notes can help you stay focused during those busy times.

                Today’s Plan of Attack Big Stickies by Knock Knock $5.92

                8. Conquer Your Year: The Ultimate Planner

                  Break down your big goals into actionable steps and keep track of everything you need to do with this planner. There’s plenty of room to think and reflect in these pages.

                  Conquer your year: The Ultimate Planner by Natalie MacNeil $8.98

                  9. Paper Lovers Book: Inspiration

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                    Make office art from your favorite quotes and patterns, create greeting cards, and make fun paper gifts to brighten your coworker’s day. Easily switch out your crafts so that you always have something fresh and new to decorate your office.

                    Paper Lover’s Book: Inspiration by Kikki.K $29.95

                    10. Andaz Press Motivational Framed Desk Art, Do Epic Shit

                      For a quick pick-me-up, this framed desk art bears a simple reminder about the type of work you should be doing. Next time you hit that 2:00 PM slump, look at your desk art, and make epic things happen.

                      “Do Epic Shit.” Motivational Desk Art by Andaz Press $12.99

                      Featured photo credit: Kaboompics via kaboompics.com

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                      14 Powerful Leadership Traits That All Great Leaders Have

                      14 Powerful Leadership Traits That All Great Leaders Have

                      Being a leader of a company or organization is certainly a difficult and often frustrating position – but it can also be tremendously rewarding.

                      Whether you’re just starting out as a leader, or have been leading for a while, you’ll be sure to benefit from knowing the essential traits that all great leaders possess.

                      Effective and successful leaders transcend the title of ‘manager’ or ‘boss’. They’ve found a way to achieve the perfect combination of charisma, enthusiasm and self-assurance (with a healthy dose of luck and timing probably added to the mix).

                      It may seem like some people are gifted with leadership skills, but the truth is most leadership traits can be learned, adopted, and strengthened with time and practice.

                      As we delve into the list of effective leadership traits, you will learn the behaviors and attitudes of a good leader.

                      1. Vision and Mission

                      Having a clear picture of what needs to be achieved is a crucial quality of good leadership.

                      This vision is often communicated in a mission statement, such as this one from Starbucks:

                        How to develop vision? Spend time pinpointing what you need to achieve, and then plan the steps to get there. Here’s a complete guide on creating your own vision.

                        2. Self-Motivated

                        It’s no coincidence that successful leaders have an abundance of self-motivation.

                        Without a decent level of self-motivation, you’ll struggle to become a strong and respected leader. However, if you don’t have a lot of self-motivation right now, don’t despair.

                        One of the secrets is to have definite goals to keep you motivated at all times. Some people also choose to reward themselves every time they achieve a goal, and this is certainly a good way to keep yourself enthused and motivated. Learn how to set an ambitious yet achievable goal here.

                        3. Optimism and Positivity

                        Positive energy is contagious. Great leaders are overflowing with this type of energy.

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                        Not only does a positive mindset make leaders easy to work with, but it also gives them a constant source of inspiration and ideas.

                        Tap into this energy by aligning yourself with positive people and positive goals. Find out more about the habits of positive people here.

                        4. Emotional Stability

                        In leadership positions, frustration and stress are daily occurrences. This is why leaders need to have strong and stable emotions. They can’t allow themselves to be easily knocked off track.

                        If you’re prone to losing your emotional stability when stressed or frustrated, try some of these techniques: breath deeply and slowly for 30 seconds, go for a walk, drink some water (instead of tea or coffee), turn your focus onto something you can resolve. Here’re some effective ways to control your emotions.

                        5. Self-Confidence

                        Watch a presentation by any CEO and you’ll see that even if they’re not natural presenters – they make up for this by having powerful self-confidence.

                        It’s not just CEOs who have self-confidence, any successful leader will have this trait in abundance. One reason for this, is that only a confident person can persuade others and gain their respect.

                        Worried that you have low self-confidence? Try faking it. Psychologists often recommend that if you ‘act’ at being confident, you’ll start to look, sound and feel like you ARE confident. And in time… you will be.

                        If you look for more ways to boost your self-confidence, this confidence coach has got you some nice advice:

                        How to Be Confident: 62 Proven Ways to Build Self-Confidence

                        6. Decisiveness

                        Leaders are frequently called upon to make decisions (some leaders may have to make dozens of decisions every day). In fact, you could say that making decisions is one of the key things a leader must do.

                        Spend some time observing highly-successful leaders and you’ll see that they are quick to make decisions. They also enjoy making decisions, rather than stressing out like many non-leaders do when they’re asked to decide on something.

                        Put yourself in the leadership bracket by developing your decision-making skills. Start with small decisions – and then work your way up to bigger and more difficult decisions. Once other people notice your decision-making prowess, they’ll automatically see you as leadership material.

                        I know it’s really quite difficult to make the right decisions sometimes, but don’t worry, here’s a guide for you:

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                        How To Make Good Decisions All The Time

                        7. Passion and Enthusiasm

                        Expressive. Active. Energetic. These are words best describe a passionate leader.

                        Great leaders are lively, driven and are possessed with zeal and purpose. It’s this passion that helps them achieve big results. If you want to emulate their success, then you need to develop passion and enthusiasm for the work at hand, and the end goals.

                        Take a look at this Passion Pyramid to find out how importance a leader’s passion is to the team:

                          One way to do this is to find what motivates you, and keep your focus firmly on that. For example, i f you’re motivated by helping others, then make sure your role and company are both suited to realizing this. If you’re motivated by money, then put your focus on achieving bonuses and pay rises.

                          Take a look at Leo Babauta’s guide on how to find your passion.

                          8. Accountability and Responsibility

                          Exceptional leaders know that at all times they’ll need to take responsibility for tasks and their results. This includes things likes individual and team performance, as well as being accountable for when things go wrong.

                          When negative things occur (and you can guarantee they will from time-to-time), a great leader will immediately step in and take responsibility. Initially, they’ll try to resolve the problem in as quick and smooth a way as possible. But if this is not feasible, they’ll be sure to say that the buck stops with them – and they take full responsibility for what has happened.

                          To develop your leadership skills, you must never shy away from responsibility or accountability. If you prefer to sweep mistakes under the carpet, then you’re demonstrating non-leadership traits. Try owning up to issues and finding solutions to them. By doing this, you’ll immediately gain people’s respect.

                          Find out some tips on how to be a more responsible person here.

                          9. Focus

                          Distractions are everywhere. And it takes major focus to stay committed to tasks and goals. The best leaders understand this, and therefore, they’re always looking at ways to boost their team’s focus.

                          One way leaders do this, is to keep their team intensely focused on the bigger picture. This might entail allocating specific time for tasks and eliminating any non-essential work.

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                          If you’re easily knocked off track, you’ll need to spend some time boosting your focus. Try planning your day, week, month and year to help ensure that you don’t fall behind with achieving your goals. Check out the 7 strategies of staying super focus recommended by a productivity coach.

                          10. Ever-Learning

                          Leaders know that to be successful they need to continually update their skills and knowledge. They deliberately learn all they can about their profession and industry, so they’ll able to make confident and assured decisions.

                          Why is ever learning so important? I’ll leave it to you to find out the reason here:

                          If I Am Living a Good Life, Why Should I Bother Learning New Stuff?

                          Imagine a CEO of a solar power company. His company may have amazing solar panels, but when it comes to discussing business with potential buyers, if the CEO or his sales team show a lack of understanding about the solar industry and future trends, etc., they’ll be unlikely to win any business.

                          It’s exactly the same for you. If you’re a team leader at an electronics store, you should make sure you fully understand all the products that you offer. But go beyond just that, and read about upcoming products and trends that might change what customers are interesting in buying in the future.

                          11. Empathy

                          The best leaders understand the feeling of their team members, customers and associates. They know when to praise, and when to discuss problems (usually in private).

                          Without empathy, leaders will be seen as cold, harsh and lacking understanding. They’re also likely to be regarded as untrustworthy.

                          One way to ‘put yourself in someone else’s shoes’ is to have regular informal discussions with your colleagues. When you do this, you’ll quickly learn their fears and desires. And when you understand why they have these – you’ll be in a position to express empathy. You can also learn to be more sensitive to others’ needs by taking up these communication skills.

                          12. Persuasive and Influential

                          Communications are at the heart of all transactions. Whether it’s pitching for a sale or resolving a customer complaint, how you communicate will determine the outcome.

                          Charismatic leaders such as Richard Branson (Virgin) and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) are confident and persuasive communicators. They know how to win over audiences and leave a lasting impressing in people’s minds.

                          There’re some common barriers that you’ll have to overcome in order to communicate effectively:

                          How to learn effective communication? You could join the world-renowned U.S. nonprofit Toastmasters International. They’ve been training people in the art of public speaking since 1924, and members have included Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, and Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy.

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                          If you don’t have time to join a club, then practice your communications skills at home. You can do this in front of a mirror, or even better, video yourself presenting, and then ask some friends and family members for feedback. You’ll be amazed at what they pick up on.

                          13. Team Building

                          If you put a bunch of random people together, you may have a loose definition of a team. In reality, a real team has purpose, drive – and a leader lighting the way.

                          If you’ve worked in different teams and with different managers, you’ll no doubt have come to this conclusion:

                          Managers who treat their team members like children are unpopular with the team. Conversely, managers who treat their team members like adults, are respected and well-liked by the team.

                          The days of disciplinarian managers are passed. Nowadays, successful team leaders know how to inspire and motivate their team, while keeping a harmonious atmosphere between all team members.

                          14. Fostering Creativity

                          Solutions to problems are rarely black and white. Often it takes a leader who can ‘think outside the box’ to come up with answers. In other words, a leader must be creative, and also help to foster creativity and innovation throughout their team.

                          Creativity is not only associated with pursuits such as arts, literature and music, running a team can be just as creative. There will be times every day when you need to come up with ideas and give guidelines for your team to come up with theirs to solve problems.

                          The Bottom Line

                          Leadership is a journey of continuous learning. It is an amazing experience that will take you on roads you’ve never traveled before.

                          Begin now to build your skills and experience, pick out the traits that you currently lack – and then work on developing those.

                          It will take tons of practice and time before becoming an effective leader but eventually you will join the ranks of great leaders.

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