You have a strong business plan. Your goals are clearly sketched out, and your path to those goals is clear. But as soon as you sit down at your desk, you have to fight the urge to be anywhere but there. What’s wrong?
Just as having the right running shoes is a necessary part of preparing for a marathon, having a quality work environment is a necessary part of being the best worker you can be. In this video, real estate coach Dan Smith helps you take a fresh look at your workspace, with tips and tricks for making it even more conducive to productivity. Whether you work from home, or have a cubicle in a broker’s office, these tips can help you make your workspace more inspiring, more energizing, and more helpful.
This week, what I want to talk about is your office environment. It’s a very important thing when it comes to working because, you know, going to work each day is hard, and as an independent contractor it’s even harder. So we have to have an office environment that supports us working, that supports us doing these things that it’s so hard, it’s so difficult to sometimes do.
So I want you to take a look at your office environment. Take a look at what you’ve got on the walls around you. Take a look at just how it’s all set up. And I want you to see if your office environment is conducive to what you want to create, or is your office environment just sort of stale and, and, and, and non-motivating and non-inspiring? Because that’s no good.
We need an office that is going to any extra help we can get, right? We want an office that, all around us, just the walls and the things and the music and the lights, whatever, they’re inspiring us. They’re motivating us. And that’s just that little bit extra each day that’s helping to push us, push us, drag us, pull us, whatever you want to say, closer to achieving our goals, to getting done what we want to get done.
So what I wrote down here is, you’re oftentimes alone when you’re in your office. Ok? And it’s just you. Sometimes you might be in a bullpen area, whatever, but it’s still you’re kind of focused in, it’s just you. What I want you thinking about is, how can you spice that up just a little bit? How can you make it a little bit more… personable? A little bit more like, about you. You know, if you’re in a room that just has a window or two, a bunch of white walls, and some standard painting of, like, Monet painting or something the broker put in, that’s not exactly going to be inspiring, is it? All right.
So what I want you to do, what I wrote down here is you should have an office that’s light, that’s bright. We don’t want to work in a dungeon. We’d like to work some place that’s as airy and as light and bright and as energetic as it can be. So if you need to bring in some lights, make sure you’re not working in the dark. If you’re working in a room, turn on the lights. Make it light and bright.
You can always, if you work out of your home, you have a refrigerator at home. If you don’t work out of the home, and you work at an office, most offices have refrigerators in them. And if for some reason yours doesn’t, and you’re one of the very few that don’t, then bring your own refrigerator in. You should have cold water, cold drinks, fruit juice, vegetable juice, wheatgrass, whatever it is that, throughout the day, is going to give you energy, is going to pump you up a little bit, is going to keep you going, is going to keep you focused. You should have those things available to you in your refrigerator, in your office, at all times. So that any time that you’re kind of start to feel yourself dragging just a little bit, you can go and reach for them, get a little energy boost, and get back to doing what you’re supposed to be doing.
I also wrote down here “music.” Now, it shouldn’t sound like you’re in a club, ok? But you could have whatever music that you like, whatever music it is that really makes you kind of just get into the rhythm of working, you should have that playing lightly in the background. For some of you, that’s going to be, you know, classical, Beethoven or Mozart. For others of you, that’s going to be like old-school ACDC rock. For others of you, it’s going to be like the new top 40 stuff. Now again, it shouldn’t be so loud that everybody around you hears it, the people on the phone that you’re talking to hear it, because that would be distracting to everybody. Maybe not you, but everybody else, but it could be playing lightly in the background as just sort of a subliminal “it’s keeping you going,” because that’s the kind of music that keeps you going. Our bodies, physiologically, we respond well to music. So take advantage of it. Use it in your office environment.
I also wrote down here, and I mention it a couple of times, those things that you could have on your walls. Motivating or inspiring quotes, pictures, places you want to go, things you want to do, things you want to experience, different items you want to buy. Whatever it is that motivates you, inspires you, drives you, excites you. You need that type of stuff around you each and every day in order to go in and do the work that you need to get done each and every day. Because it can be boring, and it can be monotonous, and there’s nobody there to make you do it but you, so you need these other things around you to help you out.
Take advantage, take all the help you can get, and having yourself in that sort of an environment is a lot more helpful than just being in a real dull and blah environment. Do you understand what I’m saying? Nod your head yes, shake your head yes right now. Ok?
So, look around your office now. Are there any changes you need to make to your office? Does your space need to be livened up, brightened up? Does it need to become more energetic? Does it need to become more inspiring to you? And if so, start making those changes right away. Make the place that you work, your office, your home office, wherever it is that you spend your time, make that place some place that you’re going to like being. That you like to look around and see it and see everything around you and it excites you and it motivates you and it inspires you. Make that happen.
Thanks for tuning in this week. Remember, to get what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done. I’ll see you next time.