When working the 9 to 5 grind, pick-me-ups are a must in order to maintain a certain level of good energy in the workplace. From pick-me-up coffee to buying a pick-me-up bamboo calculator (don’t judge me), whatever you choose, at the end of the day all you want is to bring just a little bit of indulgence into an otherwise dull cubicle. Who can say no to some added luxury into their lives?
Last year, I was definitely in a work slump. Tired of being unmotivated and having seconds seem like minutes, I decided to conduct a mini-experiment. If I couldn’t change my job, I would change my environment, and this would hopefully lead to a renewed sense of perspective; so I began to redecorate. New additions included color-coded folders, a new label maker, some contemporary art pieces, and these great magnetic strips that made my office’s less-than-chic green paint look actually tasteful. However, the most exciting and influential change that came about was my newly designated tea corner and it all started with a single teapot.
Now mind you, this is not just a normal teapot. This is a porcelain stackable cup and teapot with a built-in tea infuser and flip-top lid. Did I mention the charming design and all the cute colors it comes in? After I had made the decision to turn some leftover space into a tea corner, I stored some of my favorite loose leaf teas (Tranquil Tea Lounge’s containers are great and they’re roughly 2oz each) and brought them to the office. Slate coasters added a nice contemporary look to my desk and turned my boring desks space into an afternoon of high tea.
The results? It’s amazing of how productive I became and how my mentality towards work has changed. I actually found it rewarding to be there and I was able to revive that passion that I once had back when I first started my job. Believe me – your coworkers and supervisors will notice! So instead of trying to change yourself, which I had learned from Human Organizational Behavioral to be nearly impossible due to our personalities being pretty much established from a young age, I changed my surroundings and thus changed myself. So 23 days into the new year and I have already increased my satisfaction from work, become a happier person when I’m off work, and am getting a chockfull of antioxidants every day from all this tea I’ve been drinking. Not too shabby Tiffany, not too shabby at all.
*Disclaimer: I’ve noticed that when filled with boiling water, the teapot can actually get quite hot so use very carefully.