Most people don’t consider their physical environment a factor in their success. But what surrounds you reflects your personal brand and sends messages all day long that impact your ability to succeed.
What do you want your office to say about you — that you’re stressed, on top of things, capable of handling a promotion, balanced, at peace, overwhelmed, or in chaos?
You want a space that energizes you, reflects confidence in your abilities, keeps you productive and in the zone – right? So what can you do to make sure your office conveys the kind of message you want?
- Clear your clutter. Clutter causes stagnation in the flow of your energy and it is a time waster if you can’t find the things you need. Clutter contributes to feelings of stress, anxiety, overwhelm, loss of control, depression and even shame.
- Surround yourself only with the things you love. That painting your mother-in-law gave you that you never liked, instead of bringing it to the office to get it out of the house, give it away to someone who likes it. Everything around you is sending you messages. Are they positive or negative? Does a bouquet of flowers on your desk cheer you up? Do pictures of your family make you smile? Put those things in your office to keep your mood and your energy upbeat.
- Does your space reflect the personal brand you’re building? A brand is built by sending a consistent message. You want your office to communicate a message that is consistent with the image you want to convey. I worked with someone who wanted to land a promotion. As part of our work together we shifted her office environment to reflect the position she wanted to achieve. We removed the stuffed beanie babies she’d received when she was a secretary and made a few other changes. Her new space made her feel more confident and looked more like the space where an executive would live. She landed the promotion.
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Linda Hardenstein, MPA, PCC helps professionals create peak performing office space to achieve more of what they want at work. Feel free to contact me for more information.
You’ve heard my opinion. What do you think? Does your office space impact your success?