Things That Would Make Working Life Easier

Office Kittens?!

Photo taken by The Middle Sister

I don’t know about you, but I work HARD and sometimes it feels like the working world is just against me. Like when you’re being an absolute trooper and making tea for the whole team (even though you have that deadline looming) and it’s only once you’ve finished doing the teas that you realise the milk was out of date. By a week.

In order to create a better balance at work, I have a couple of things that I feel would make working life much easier all round:

  • Office kittens. Because I would absolutely, most definitely work harder if we had office kittens.
  • A magic fridge that displays when your milk is going to go off (see above).
  • GPS tagging on the boss, that alerts you when she’s on her way up the stairs so you can turn off Kisstory, stop dancing and resume your “I’ve been working so hard” hunch over your laptop.

I am, of course, joking. But there are general things that you can do to make this hard working culture slightly less of an ordeal.

Here are 3 genuine tips:

  • Don’t skip lunch. Don’t eat at your desk. You will work better and harder in the afternoon if you’ve spent time away from your work – even if it’s just for 20 minutes. Don’t believe me? Fast Company gives 8 reasons why you need that lunch break.
  • One of the best things I picked up from The Glass Wall is that men will stand around and chat, which, to women, seems like time wasting and laziness. However, this is a key part of working life as you’re building stronger relationships with your colleagues, making it easier to climb the ladder while creating a stronger team with those around you. Next time you hand over a document to your boss, ask them how their weekend was!
  • Treat yourself. You work hard, you work long hours. Take the time out to spend on yourself with things like baths and hot-chocolate-induced Gogglebox viewings, but once in a while, treat yourself to something lovely. I have recently started having my nails done, as it’s a bit of “me time” that’s not too expensive and it helps make me look more professional. If you’re not the type of person to get your nails done, how about treating yourself to flowers…

I like to have our house looking pretty as I spend a lot of time sitting about doing things like blogging. Since this is the main way I spend my down-time, it’s always nice to make sure the space I sit in is relaxing – and this bouquet of flowers from Prestige* certainly does that!

Their flowers are gorgeous – and these even came with a lovely case and box of chocolates! I love the mix of pretty roses with the big, happy sunflowers. These landed on my doorstep at the end of a very stressful week and they made me happy no end!

Whether you do it with flowers, yoga, nails or something else, it’s so important to have that thing that helps you wind down, relax, and give you space away from the stresses of work. I’ve found that while, before, I would be a total workaholic and open my laptop on the weekends and evenings, since I have started the “treat yourself” attitude by making sure my free time is spent on things that make me happy, my mental health has improved significantly.

Aren’t they pretty?!

What things would make your working life better? How do you treat yourself?

Let me know in the comments!

I received this gorgeous bouquet of flowers from Prestige to review, but as always all opinions are honest and are my own.

Comments

  1. Lovely flowers! Haha, to the GPS tagging on your boss idea!
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  2. I always eat my lunch away from my desk and I make a point of going for a walk at lunchtime. It’s good for you head to get out! And I like to discover the area around my office… And maybe just go and treat myself to some cake 😀

  3. I agree about lunch; you have to get away or you lose your mind really fast.

    I also noticed over the years that the smokers always seemed to know the most about what was going on with the company, because those smoke breaks turned out to be informal interdepartmental meetings.

    • Charlotte says:

      At Nintendo it was the same – those who went out for a smoke were more likely to get promoted and get the key info.

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