When you are planning a romantic night with your beloved, it’s very likely that you will go the extra mile to set a proper mood. That might mean flickering candles, spicy incense, soft piano music, and a fabulous bottle of wine. (Think: Casablanca.) Hubba hubba, right?
But about your work life? What kind of mood are you creating in your office? Is it a gorgeous oasis? Is it functional? How does it make you feel?
In most cases, people rarely think about the mood they are setting at work. A desk piled to the ceiling with papers, a chair that aggravates your sciatica, and a constantly ringing phone are more draining than inspiring.
No wonder so many of us feel burned out and bummed out at the beginning and end of our work day!
When you take the time and care to create an inviting mood for your work, you are more likely to become a more creative, productive, and happier entrepreneur.
Getting your work mood right for success in business requires three things: external, internal, and ritual. Here’s how to get all three aligned for the best working conditions possible:
Create an environment that makes you happy to be there. Your workspace should be clean and orderly. Make sure you have a regular cleaning schedule to stay on top of this.
Pretty office supplies, a lovely scented candle, and a coffee mug that makes you smile keeps your environment cheery.
Invest in good furniture. Get a desk and chair that are ergonomically correct. This will save your back and wrists – plus help keep your energy up.
An organized calendar and to-do list helps you stay on track. Keep these in a place where you can easily see them.
Shut out distractions while you work. Turn off your cell phone notifications, shut down social media, and put some soft music on in the background. The less things competing for your attention, the more efficient and effective you’ll be.
At the end of each work day, tidy up your desk. This way, when you come to work the next day, you’re not walking into chaos.
If you come to work tired and cranky, your productivity will tank and your clients will feel unhappy too. A well-rested night allows you to be present without having to down tons of coffee. Make sure you are in bed at a reasonable hour every work night.
Positive affirmations help to foster a good work attitude. What is a positive affirmation? It’s a positively-worded statement that creates a desired change or mindset. For example, repeating something simple such as “I expect miracles” on a regular basis helps to get your mind programmed for success. A good practice is to find a few that you like and put them on sticky notes that you can post around your office. Seeing them often helps to reinforce that good energy.
Take some time off. This is essential for your creativity and peace of mind. Make at least one day a week a “no work” day.
Simple rituals to start and end your work day let you know when it’s time to get down to business and when it’s time to shut down the business for the day. Create little rituals that say “I’m ready to work” and “It’s time to close up.”
For example, you might want to close your office doors (important if you work at home), light a scented candle and put on some soft background music before you begin your day.
At the end of the day, check your calendar for the next day and write a to-do list. Tidy up your desk, blow out your candle, and turn your computer off. Find an activity to do that puts your mind “off work.” This could be a brisk walk around the block, a quick chat with your partner, or a curling up with a good magazine for a bit (my favorite thing to do is cook dinner). Above all, resist the urge to check your email or social media. When you are done, you are done for the day, period.
These simple, mindful strategies create a harmonious environment, inside and out. Make these practices a part of your daily routine and you’ll always be in the mood for work.
“If you’re not in the mood, you can’t do that stuff right.” ~ J.D. Salinger
Theresa Reed (aka The Tarot Lady) is an intuitive Tarot reader, teacher, mentor and yogi on a mission to take Tarot from hippie to hip. When she’s not reading tarot, she’s busy helping broke-ass mystics learn how to create sustainable + profitable businesses. If you are ready for straight talkin’ tarot and a side of biz whizz, get to her online hood: The Tarot Lady or follow her on Twitter @thetarotlady.