Ok, so corporate companies aren’t exactly the most glamorous place to practice living your best life but with a bit of creativity and determination, we can make our working experience align with our goals and ambitions.
With my full-time job, I live away from home for a good part of the month and so setting goals for my work day and being prepared are essential for creating an environment in a sterile office that makes me (mostly) content and feeling inspired. Not all of us have 24 hours a day to devote to creating our dreams (if you do, that’s amazing!) so we need to learn to adapt and work with what we do have. It can be hard and taxing at times but it is well worth it.
Why You Can’t Wait for Everything to be Perfect
Something I dealt a lot with when I first started practising some work rituals was a feeling of not wanting to do them at all until circumstances were perfect (aka until I was working my perfect job or magically did not need a job anymore – ha!). Waiting until things are “perfect” before making a change is a big mistake and definitely needs its own post but for now, keep in mind that we need to create our perfect lives now no matter what the conditions in order to manifest our dreams. Live the best life that you can, now. So creating an amazing, inspiring workplace is a great place to start. It doesn’t matter if you love or hate your job – make it yours.
The idea behind creating rituals at work is to exercise living our best lives now with what we have in order to help us manifest our dreams.
How Does This Help Us Manifest Our Dreams?
On days when I include some of my rituals into the working hours, I feel much more satisfied and centered and happy with my life. The more abundance (or gratitude) we feel, the more that is attracted into our lives from our thoughts of having rather than lacking.
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So below I have written a selection of my favourite rituals that I have used over my career in many different offices. I really recommend that you take the time to figure out what works best for you and start doing it today.
Taking a moment each day to meditate and calm your mind is a lifesaver at work! I tend to do this over lunch and love to simply have silence or I will do a guided meditation that I keep on my iPod if the office is a bit noisy or I need some extra help that day. Put yourself first and see how your productivity really improves. It also gives me time to practice visualization of my goals and dreams. Can’t get privacy? Excuse yourself to the bathroom for a few minutes. Worth it!
// Appreciate the Beauty
Take the time where possible to appreciate and have gratitude for the beauty in everything around you at work (and the people). I like to watch the sunsets in the morning. Where I work (in the middle of no where in Northern Australia) the sunsets can be spectacular and even if I am not excited about the day, watching them makes me glad and grateful to be right where I am. Then I try to remember that feeling all day long. Right now as I am quickly editing this post, it is raining outside my window at work and taking a few minutes to pause and enjoy the sounds of nature really makes me happy. We are surrounded by awesome! Another trick that I got from Louise Hay is to have gratitude for everything around you from doors to people to the bugs on the ground. And I find it works!
// Little Luxuries
This is a form of loving yourself that works wonders for me. I keep a small selection of little luxuries around me at my office that liven the place up, are in-line with my dream lifestyle and make me smile. Things like a gorgeous, organic hand lotion (that I use daily – don’t be afriad to use these or it defeats the purpose. You are worth it!), an essential oil misting spray for my face, high-quality teas (lots of variety) and bush flower essences are my currents.
// Listen to Uplifting Music
We are hard-wired to respond emotionally to music. It has a bigger effect on us than we sometimes think. Playing the right tunes at the right time can really change the moment. I pimped my iPod (check it out here) to have many different playlists that I can use no matter what the occasion. At work I love to listen to anything Buddha Bar for a chilled out, not distracting playlist or simply some classical music. Every once in a while I will turn on some gangsta beats to get me pumped up (ooh yea) – works every time! What are your favourite songs to work to?
// Post-It Note Quotes
One of my favourites and the easiest things to do is to put up post-it notes around your office with inspiring quotes or words of your choice. I also like to put up my affirmation of the day/week for a friendly reminder or perhaps my goals if I am feeling a bit lost. Another extension of this is to have a comforting book nearby. I tend to keep a book in my desk that has a bunch of things highlighted for moments when I need an extra boost. This also works for moments when I am feeling a bit homesick.
// Decorate Your Desk with a Vision Board
Keep your goals close by. Little motivates more than photos of your dream come to life. Consider posting some pictures that sum up your goals near your desk or digitally save them on your desktop if that isn’t an option. Alternatively, have one, nice, framed photo of you and your partner or you and your dream house, on your dream trip – whatever you like (if you don’t have a desk, laminate a picture and keep it in your pocket).
// Exercises in the Bathroom
Ok, so this might sound super weird but give it a chance. I have some easy exercises that don’t require my hands to be on the ground (ew!) that I can do almost anywhere. I tend to choose my desk these days but my previous job was a shared office, so I would do them in the bathroom. Taking a 5 minute break to pump it actually makes me feel really invigorated, empowered and strong. Taking little actions such as these re-affirms to us (and the universe) that we are in-line with and dedicated to our goals and dreams (mega-important). I love it! You will be hooked, so try doing some sumo squats, lunges or whatever on your next bathroom break.
// Stretch Hourly
Similar to above, I stretch hourly (where possible) while at work. It really serves to calm me and bring me back to reality. Give this a try!
// Eat High-Quality, Healthy Treats
Sometimes easier said than done (I certainly can attest to that) but necessary. Surround yourself with healthy snacks and don’t deprive.
// Tea-Time Ritual
Try this out! A daily essential in my book. I even have a kettle at my desk now because I used to use the walk to get boiling water as an excuse to not enjoy tea. Resistance BUSTED! ;)
The common message with all of these tips is to:
Create abundance around you and make yourself feel special and loved no matter where you are.
These are just examples from my life, so change them or create your own! What are you being called to do to keep yourself sane and spiritual in the workplace? What do you think will help you get excited about your goals no matter where you are? Share some of your ideas with me or your own tips from your experiences. I would love to hear from you (as always!)