Sacred office space.

Right now, I’m having to spend a lot of time at the office. At my day job, we’re preparing for a big annual company meeting, and I have a lot of responsibilities regarding the meeting this year. This has meant long hours every day, lots of overtime each week, and a thrown wrench in my overall work-life balance.

However, if I have to spend all this time at the office anyway, I might as well spend it in a very calming, spiritual environment.

I feel as if I work best in dim or natural light, so I often work with my overhead fluorescent lights turned off and the soft lamp behind my computer workstation turned on.

I also have a wonderful ball-chair produced by Gaiam that I absolutely adore. It helps with my posture, keeps me awake, and is just generally a lot more comfortable for me than an ordinary desk chair.

I also have a bookcase in my office where I stash some of my special items. It’s where I stow away pictures, my Fozzie Bear coffee mug, the zen garden my grandfather built for me, and my Fraggles, among other things. A workspace environment is not complete if it doesn’t include toys and whimsy.

It makes for a very comfortable, cozy nook — perhaps a little *too* creative for a corporate office workspace — but it keeps my attitude up and helps alleviate a lot of the stress I have to deal with during intense crunches of work like the one I’m currently dealing with. Plus, everyone who walks by wants to sit on my chair to see how it works.

What does your office look like?


  • March 7, 2012 - 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Devon – Your post has inspired me! I have been wanting to bring some life into my drab office for a while now. I’ve even been toying with the idea of fashioning a stand up desk that I could use from time to time. Love your fitness ball chair and the patterns & colors you’ve got going on. Yep, that settles it. Adding “create a sanctuary out of my office” on my to do list!

    • March 8, 2012 - 7:22 am | Permalink

      Lynsay — I’m so glad it has inspired you! I really think it’s one of the easiest ways to promote a nourishing workplace environment. I’m excited for your sanctuary!

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